Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Actually, Oregon's ban on self-service gas is good

Actually, Oregon's ban on self-service gas is good

In New Jersey, state leaders say they're perfectly happy for New Jersey to be the only non-pump-you-own state, fully aware that efforts to advance self-serve gas usually prompts high-test anger. OR was one of two US states which long banned the practice, the other still being New Jersey.

Posted to Facebook last Friday by CBS station KTVL, the post asked if OR should allow self-serve gas stations across the state.

"I don't even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian", added Sandy Franklin.

"I say No too many creeper out there An it will take a lot of jobs away they need their jobs and I don't feel safe out there ethier!" "I don't like to smell like gasoline!" one woman wrote on KTVL's Facebook post.

One time, my dad came to OR and pumped his own gas. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas.

The other responses at the local news station's Facebook page are hilarious.

His gas station had already changed to "sundown to sun-up" self-serve gas when the state legalized it in 2015.

The law passed in May permits self-service gas pumping only in limited circumstances.

In the meantime, while the rest of us point and laugh, maybe don't proclaim you're a better state than the rest of us for a while.

Concerns ranged from not knowing how to pump gas to fears of smelling like gas or being attacked by hoodlums.

Before this law change, drivers in these lower population areas could pump their own gas between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

KGW reporter Katherine Cook posted on Twitter on Wednesday about her adventures on a road trip to Colorado, which marked the first time she had to pump gas. If that's not one of your personal life experiences I'm perfectly willing to accept the premise, but have you ever seen your gas station attendant do it?

"We are going to take advantage of it", he said.

But beyond laughing at the hapless Oregonians, the news raises an interesting question: Why does OR even have gas station attendants in the first place?

Some gas station managers told The Bend Bulletin that employees would continue delivering the same full-service treatment that customers have come to expect since self-service gas was banned in 1951.

Something obvious to one country may be completely foreign to another and it seems filling up your auto yourself is one of those things, as a recent law change in OR has revealed.

People across the USA are getting in on the fun, too.

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