By: Steve Dellar | 01-05-2018 | News
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2018 Self-Service Law Has Oregon Worried

The internet has been making fun of Oregon all week as elderly local residents had expressed their distress about House Bill 2482 which went into effect this week.

You may not know this, but Oregon and New Jersey are the only remaining US states where gas stations are required by law to have attendants.

But all of that is about to change as residents in rural counties are now allowed to pump their own gas.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As seen in Oregon right now. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Curt Popejoy 🐻 (@CurtPopejoySW) <a href="">January 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Thanks to a local TV station asking Oregonians how they felt about it, the internet went alive with laughter.

A woman wrote: “I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian. I say NO THANKS! I don’t like to smell like gasoline!”

And another stated: “No! Disabled, seniors, people with young children in the car need help. Not to mention getting out of your car with transients around and not feeling safe. This is a very bad idea. “I’ve lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas. This is a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas.”

Luckily colleague residents in other US states offered help, with one man stating: “FEAR NOT OREGON!!! I’ve decided to move to Oregon to open a school to teach people how to pump their gas. Short-term business you say?”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How I picture the fine folks of Oregon since the self-pump gas law took effect. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Toasty Boxers (@effingalan) <a href="">January 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“I’m in Wisconsin and with the wind chill it’s currently -17. You know what I did this morning?! Had to pump my own flipping gas!! It’s not that hard people!!”

Of course, the law doesn’t mean that the whole of Oregon will see the service of gas fillers go extinct in a heartbeat, it simply offers rural communities the option to choose whether to place an attendant or not.

Mr. Thomas Downs, an owner of a small restaurant and gas station in Harney County in southeast Oregon, explained that thanks to the law change, he would now have time to service other customers as well. “Our experience after almost 13 years is that out-of-state residents are very capable of dispensing their fuel and the majority of Oregonians delight in being able to if we are swamped.”


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Anonymous No. 15314 2018-01-05 : 12:49

I had a great laugh the other night when the wife was showing me these messages. Lol

The west coast really is helpless. Get with the program weirdos, if you don't like the transients maybe you shouldn't have welcomed those types in the first place? Here in Wisconsin I remember full service stations back 30 years ago, but my wife is 5 yrs younger and cannot remember them.

Anonymous No. 15322 2018-01-05 : 14:45


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