Oregonians Can Now Pump Own Gas, Do Not Like It

  • Oregonians Can Now Pump Own Gas, Do Not Like It

Oregonians Can Now Pump Own Gas, Do Not Like It

Case in point: KTVL CBS 10 News in Medford, Ore., posted this Facebook poll on December 29, asking followers if OR should allow self-serve gas stations statewide. It turns out that some people REALLY liked having someone else pump their gas and they're REALLY mad about potentially having to do it for themselves.

Pumping your own gas is risky, that's why I always keep a katana behind my seat to deal with transients. "It's nice to not have to pump your own fuel". "I'm going to ask the worker to help me". "Every year thousands of people are killed by vicious road gangs who are after what little gas we have left". Your kid can sit in the auto for the 3 minutes it takes you to pump gas. Not to mention it's freezing and rainy.

"Our experience after nearly 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", Downs said. Stations with self-service don't have to pay an attendant to man all the pumps, thereby saving money and allowing them to drop their prices and be more competitive. "I agree Very bad idea", another Facebooker wrote.

"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 want to smell like gasoline!

Oregon House Bill 2482 was passed in May and allows people living in Oregon counties with 40,000 residents or less to pump their own petrol. This [is] a service only qualified people should perform.

Instructions are visible on a handle as gas is pumped at a station in Portland Ore.
Don Ryan  AP
Instructions are visible on a handle as gas is pumped at a station in Portland Ore. Don Ryan AP

It's not all doom and gloom for lazy Oregonians, however.

The law went into effect on Monday, but many gas stations say they will continue to have attendants on hand to pump gas.

Cheer up Oregonians; the new law doesn't make it mandatory for all gas stations to go to self-serve.

She added that wasn't sure regular customers even knew how to operate the pumps. But in OR, where until now it has been illegal for people to touch the petrol pumps themselves, the change has caused the general public to collectively lose their shit in the only way they know how: in the Facebook comments. An additional three counties will allow self-service gas pumps between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.