Some Oregonians panic about new self-service gas law

Angry Oregonians the butt of jokes as new law forces some citizens to pump their own gas for first time

Angry Oregonians the butt of jokes as new law forces some citizens to pump their own gas for first time

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 just left New Jersey as the only state whose residents are not out in the cold. pumping their own gas, that is.

A post by KTVL - a TV station in Medford, Oregon - asking if the state should allow self-serve gas statewide apparently freaked out a lot of people.

In 2015, legislation was passed to allow motorists to pump their own gas at night in rural areas of the state, even in cases where the stations were technically open. I say NO THANKS! One user, Tina Good, wrote: "Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing it correctly". Some of the concerns include smelling like gas and not being qualified to pump their own gas.

"I'm 5'2" and petite and often have to pump my own gas before dawn heading to work.

Thomas Downs, who owns a small restaurant and gas station in Harney County in southeast OR, testified during a committee hearing past year that the bill would allow him to focus on other services his business provides. Oregon's ban on self-service gas pumps dates back to 1951, when the state was concerned about untrained pump operators spilling fuel.

Darlene Forseth, manager at Main Station Express in Prineville and Justin Bidiman, owner of the Metolius Market in Metolius, said they will continue relying on attendants since their stations are not equipped for self-service. And yes, I will not feel safe pumping my own gas ... Distraught Oregonians have been complaining on Facebook that the new rule forces them to learn how to operate gas pumps and get out of their cars.

Victor Alvarado, a gas attendant said, "If you have the customers do it you're not going to have a job". You know what I did this morning?! "You have now taken away a nice luxury that most of us enjoyed". It applies only in eastern counties in OR with populations of less than 40,000 people, and it only applies to gas stations that aren't attached to convenience stores OR retailers. But for whatever reason, OR and New Jersey decided against repealing their laws, either to save jobs OR because the people in those states are naturally stubborn traditionalists.

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