The highest inflation in four decades became real for Matthew Rivera when he ordered a plate of chicken wings last month at a restaurant in the Catskill Mountains. He normally pays $8-10, and this time it was $20. The old, lower price was crossed out on the menu.
“ ‘Inflation,’ ” was the explanation from the waitress, he said. He ordered wings for his children but pledged not to do it again. “It wasn’t worth it.”