Y2k Ok For Payson


by Adam Klawonn
roundup reporter intern
Although some stores reported larger-than-average sales, local businesses said that the Y2K bug was all bark and no bite, an anticlimactic milestone that was as short-lived as a spent firecracker from the holiday's celebration.

Bank of America Manager Richie Crockett said the event was merely "business as usual," and that the bank was fully prepared for the occasion.

"We had no problems whatsoever," he said. "In fact, I took $20 out of my account from the ATM on the morning of the first, and everything was fine."

That sentiment also was reflected by Ed Bryan, banking center manager for Bank One. He said the electronic doomsday some Y2K experts were trumpeting was a "non-event."

However, local gas stations experienced a boost in sales, selling 1,500 to 3,000 gallons more fuel than normal on Dec. 31. Brent Turley, Giant Service Station's sales manager, said the new millennium hit them the hardest at the pumps.

"We had some runs on the gas, but we had plenty of that to go around," he said. "Most of our sales increased by more than 3,000 gallons on the 30th and 31st."

In addition, Woody's Service Station sold more than 5,000 gallons on New Year's Eve. Assistant manager Ken Boone said that normally the station sells 3,500 gallons a day

"As far as Y2K, everything ran smoothly," he said. "But we almost ran out of gas on the 31st, and some of our drivers didn't want to deliver on New Year's Eve. I'm not sure why."

Payson's grocery stores also sold more bread, water and batteries than normal. But managers from Safeway and Bashas' said that in general, Y2K's dire predictions were a flop.

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