Oregonians lose their s*** after self-serve gas law takes effect

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Stepping into the new year, there’s a lot of new laws going into place across the country. To name a few, weed is finally legal in California, minimum wage went up in several states, and more laws went in place to protect employees.

The one law that’s setting the interwebs ablaze though? No, not the fact that the state can now take your guns if a family member deems you a nut job, more taxes, or that in the state of Oregon you have to be 21 to buy a pack of smokes now. It’s Oregon House Bill 2482, which allows people who live in counties with 40,000 residents or less to pump their own gas. And if you’re from Oregon, you’ve gotten used the fact that we don’t have to get out of our cozy car and do it ourselves.

Now that Oregonians will now have to pump their own gas, this is sending shockwaves across the Beaver State.

 

Just some of the comments on Facebook:

 “I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian…..I say NO THANKS!” said Sandy Franklin on Facebook, in response to a post by local news station KTVL that asked for viewers’ opinions on the new law.

“Yuck! Pumping my [own] fuel in freezing temperatures and handling a nasty ole fuel nozzle that 50 other people have touched that day (and who knows what cooties are on there), no thank you. It’s nice to not have to pump your own fuel.”

“I go to work at 5 in the morning. Not a lot of people at the gas pumps at that time in the morning. And yes, I will not feel safe pumping my own gas … Not to mention it’s freezing and rainy. So thank you to all who voted to change it. You have now taken away a nice luxury that most of us enjoyed.”

 

One native Oregonian, Mike Perrone, refuses to pump his own gas. According to him, it almost took his life in the Golden State.

“I had to do it once in California while visiting my brother and almost died doing it.”

 

One person on Twitter wrote, “I cannot believe 2018 is gonna be the year I make a fortune moving to Oregon to teach people how to pump gas.”

For those in Oregon who ready to pump their own gas, according to The Bend Bulletin there are a number of gas stations who have no plans to change and will still have their professional fuel attendants take care of you as they have since 1951.

“Honestly, I don’t think we’re going to make a change,” said cashier Shelby Perkins at the 76 station in Prineville. “Our regular, longtime customers love coming here and talking to us while we pump their gas.”

Not to mention, as she added, many of their regulars literally have no idea how to operate a gas pump.

Believe me, it’s really not too hard. And if you need some help don’t miss pumping your own gas 101:

 

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Actually, like Washington State repealing its 1930s-era package store law recently, it will more likely create jobs by providing incentives to create more gas stations. Where my town had less than a dozen manpower spaces committed to its one state package store, every grocery now having an alcohol aisle has increased those manpower spaces literally exponentially.

    • The State takes in more tax money on booze and doesn’t have to own or staff the liquor stores. Costco was the biggest backer of the initiative. Now booze prices are confusing since most places don’t show the taxes and fees on the shelf price tag. Many people make booze runs to OR or ID.

  2. The meltdown continues. > _ < Oh the humanity if the state of Oregon passes a law stating the citizens have to microwave food themselves instead of using a trained and professionally licensed Microwave Operator to do it for them. (Obviously, the overwhelming majority of Oregonians can pump their own gas, it's just the fringe group of those freaking out that amuses the rest of us.)

  3. Wow. Are you whiners complaining about having to pump your gas for real? What is this? 1952? I’ve been getting out of the comfort of my car to get my own gas for as long as I’ve been a licensed driver (fyi, 1978). I’m still alive. No bad guys have attacked me yet. And I’m from the fourth largest city in the US and a woman to boot. It’s nonsense to complain about such a trivial issue. Surely there’s more to be concerned with than that!

  4. Seriously what a bunch of pansies I’ve been pumping gas since I was 13 had to learn where I live since we don’t have attendants its not that hard if you can’t figure it out then you shouldn’t drive. learn some self sufficiency and how does pumping gas almost kill someone either their a moron or their trolling

  5. just want to point out im not sure how everyone in oregon feels but being a native myself i would love to be able to get out and pump my own gas somtimes i find it annoying waiting on an attendant. Not everyone is like the posts there showing i bet if they showed more saying no one fucking cares about whos doing it it wouldnt be a thing

  6. I don’t want those people to lose their jobs. And…it is our right to not want to pump our own gas! I’ve done both in Cali and Oregon. I love not pumping my own, I love the attendants washing my windshield. For godsakes leave us alone!!

  7. Many of you probably never had full service or even heard of full service. Every gas station in every state used to pump your gas, clean your windshield, check your tire pressure and check your oil. This was also in the day that gas stations had repair shops. This was also a way to check everything was in working order and to fill the bays by up-selling oil changes, belts and hoses. One by one gas stations were going to self serve and repair bays were going away. Us Oregonians liked the full service and didn’t want the full service to go away. It really is nice. So they passed a law to prohibit pumping your own gas. Lately though, the attendants don’t do anything and you either have to ask to have the windshield cleaned or do it yourself. So as the years passed, full service went away anyways so it was time to just let it go into history.

  8. So Mike Perrone is saying that Oregonians are dumber than the rest of the nation, I’ve lived in Oregon for the last 20 years and would like to point out that even in Oregon, the pumps all have instructions on self service pumping. Sorry Mike, you are either exaggerating like a drama queen or a complete idiot. Luckily, many gas stations will keep their attendants so that nobody has to “almost die”.