Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Internet Can't Stop Laughing At Oregon For Panicking Over Pumping Gas

Bill Eaton 61  who pumps gas at Grimm's Service in Lake Oswego says he loves to make customers laugh. Angry Oregonians the butt of jokes as new law forces some citizens to pump their own gas for first time
Laurie Berry | 12 January, 2018, 21:46

As of Monday, however, a new law grants gas stations in rural OR counties to allow self-service for its customers.

However, a new law passed by the Legislature in May and signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown in June, allows counties with 40,000 residents or fewer to not require gas station attendants pump gas for drivers.

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

- Tina Good, Facebook "I don't even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregon.I say NO THANKS! I don't want to smell like gasoline!" one woman said.

Self-service gas is a way of life for people in 48 other states.

"I grew up, born and raised in Washington, and I think it's silly that we can't pump our gas, or couldn't before", Andrew Hoggate of Lyle, Washington said.

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. Only New Jersey and OR have required attendants.

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"FEAR NOT OREGON! I've chose to move to Oregon to open a school to teach people how to pump their gas". Had to pump my own flipping gas! When I pulled the pump handle from the docking station, it set off a series of booby traps, and the next thing I knew I was in my own version of Tomb Raider.

Victor Alvarado, a gas attendant said, "If you have the customers do it you're not going to have a job". 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.

KGW reporter Katherine Cook posted on Twitter on Wednesday about her adventures on a road trip to Colorado, which marked the first time she had to pump gas. We'll take all the jobs we can get.

Stations employ 10,000 pump attendants, it's a convenience, most New Jerseyans feel strongly about it, and it's a matter of safety, he added. 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.

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.

People across the US are getting in on the fun, too.

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