Many Oregonians Not Happy About Pumping Their Own Gas

Gas pump attendant James Lewis serves a customer at a gas station in Portland Ore

A new law that took effect this week in OR will allow residents in rural counties to pump their own gas - a divergence from the state's decadeslong history of having attendants pump gas for drivers.

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

The outrage is apparent in a Facebook poll posted by an Oregon TV station that went viral.

"I've never not pumped my own gas in my entire life! I don't like to smell like gasoline".

"Attendant-pumped gas is one of those long-time OR things, like no sales tax, that has always made this state unique".

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

"Who knows how this will effect other body systems".

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

Dreamstime.comDid you hear that you can finally pump your own gas in Oregon? Though the majority of people either like or are indifferent to the change, there are some who believe being allowed to pump your own petrol is absolutely a harbinger of a world gone mad. "He pumps his own gas too".

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. She was successful in her attempt, but said she prefers having her gas pumped for her.

In 1951, when OR first passed the law mandating gas station attendants, the rule made sense. "You have now taken away a nice luxury that most of us enjoyed". You know what I did this morning?! A post on the Facebook of local news station KTVL asking locals what they reckon about the new change has attracted some... interesting responses.

The new law is causing concern for some drivers in OR for a variety of reasons.

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.

The change probably would have drawn little attention outside OR if not for a TV station in the state that asked viewers for their opinion of the change on Facebook.

Medford, a city of more than 70,000 in Jackson County, has too many people to qualify for self-service.

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