Oregonians Come to Terms with Pumping Their Own Gas


Up until three days ago, OR was one of two states, with the other being New Jersey, to mandate that every gas station be staffed by workers who pump the gas for you.

A new law that went into effect January 1 allows self-service gas for the first time in much of Oregon.

When Medford, Oregon, television station KTVL-TV asked residents to weigh in about the law on their Facebook page, the post went viral with more than 52,000 comments.

Sandy Franklin: I don't even know HOW to pump gas, and I am 62, native Oregonian.... "I say NO THANKS!", one punter wrote angrily in response to a news story about the change, despite it not in fact being a poll. "I don't like to smell like gasoline!" one woman wrote.

One time, my dad came to OR and pumped his own gas.

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"I'm 5'2" and petite and often have to pump my own gas before dawn heading to work.

At her station, an attendant will still be around to help those who may not know the way.

This Pacific state and New Jersey are the only two in America with such a rule. Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing to correctly. Your kid can sit in the auto for the 3 minutes it takes you to pump gas.

Bonus links: Read how crony corruption keeps New Jersey drivers from pumping their own gas. They just made it legal for gas stations to allow you to in certain rural areas. Since then, gas stations and pumps have become safer and most states have abandoned these laws.

Added Deerick Smith on Twitter: "To all the OR natives, I will be teaching how to pump gas tomorrow via Skype".

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"We are going to take advantage of it", he said. It applies only in eastern counties in OR with populations of less than 40,000 people, and it only applies to gas stations that aren't attached to convenience stores OR retailers.

OR law even lists 17 different reasons why pumping your own fuel can be unsafe, as its reasoning for the law remaining in place elsewhere.

While there may have been safety concerns 65 years ago, Oregon's ban on self-service gas stations is becoming increasingly ad hoc over time.

Kale Williams, a columnist for the Oregonian, slammed the Internet and some publications for poking fun at OR and making the state "look like either a collection of feeble-handed troglodytes too dumb OR lazy to do the deed themselves OR an assemblage of elitists who turn their noses up at the plebeian pump".

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