Oregon Drivers Can Now Pump Their Own Gas

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Most of us have pumped our own gas for many years.  I can’t remember the last full-service gas station I saw, but it was many years ago.  However, people in Oregon and New Jersey have not been allowed to pump their own gas, but that changed on January 1st, 2018 in Oregon.

Oregon Drivers React To New Law

Governor Kate Brown signed the law into effect last year. It allows people who live in counties with under 40,000 residents to put gas in their cars themselves instead of having an attendant do it.

Judging from the reactions on Twitter and other social media sites, some residents said they did not know how to pump gas, they had never actually done it.

Some of the gas station owners said they had no intentions of switching to self-serve.  Also, one owner told channel KTVL News10 TV in Medford, OR that he didn’t have a credit card reader on any of his pumps.

Here are a few of the comments from the station’s Facebook page:

  • “Not a good idea, there are lots of reason to have an attendant helping, one is they need a job too. Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing it correctly. Besides, I don’t want to go to work smelling of gas when I get it on my hands or clothes. I agree Very bad idea.”
  • “I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian…..I say NO THANKS! I don’t want to smell like gasoline!”
  • FEAR NOT OREGON!!!! I’ve decided to move to Oregon to open a school to teach people how to pump their own gas. Short-term business you say? HA! I will simply branch out and offer classes on such complicated things as:

1. Tying your own shoes.
2. Dressing yourself.
3. Operating a self-checkout machine.
4. Dial your own phone.
5. Mow your own lawn.
6. Split your own firewood.
7. How to feed yourself.
8. Make your own dinner.
9. Wash, dry and fold your own laundry. (Extra charge as these are three classes taught separately)
10. Operating a can opener, manual and electric.
11. Counting past 10.”

Hang in there Oregon, you’ll get the hang of it.

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  1. Joe 11 months ago

    I love the comment about gas station attendants need a job, too. This is typical of Oregonian logic. The other 48 states seem to have adjusted well to self-service stations.

  2. Joe 11 months ago

    Have you ever noticed that pumping your own gas is banned in states where they highly restrict firearms?

    I think theres a trend of the states not trusting people to do basic things in life. While it’s great they finally got-over gas pumping, I have no doubts they will continue to infringe on other basic human rights to self reliance.

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