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New Law: Oregon Has to Pump Their Own Gas

12 January 2018

On New Year's Day, a brand new law went into effect that would allow state residents in counties with less than 40,000 people to pump their own gas. Aside from that exception, OR and New Jersey are the only states that do not allow drivers to fill up their own tanks. KTVL News in Medford, Oregon, posted about the change on Facebook and asked people what they thought and to vote (thumbs up versus frowny-face emoji) on whether they supported the change.

Some commenters said they didn't want to pump their own gas because it's risky, they don't want to get out of their cars in the cold weather, they're anxious about transients, or because they're afraid of smelling like gas if they spill it on their hands or clothes. "I don't want to smell like gasoline!" reads another comment.

Up until Monday, January 1st, OR was the only other state that didn't allow its residents to pump their own gas.

Others took the opportunity to ridicule the hysteria over self-service gas: "Pumped my own gas my whole life and now my hands have literally melted down to my wrists". This exceptional individual will have never traveled to another state where there aren't any self-service gas stations; doesn't own a vehicle or drive, or has someone (a spouse) take care of these tedious matters. And yes, I will not feel safe pumping my own gas ...

Shelby Perkins, a cashier at a gas station in Prineville, said that she isn't sure her regular customers know how to operate pumps.

His gas station had changed to "sundown to sun-up" self-serve gas when the state legalized it in 2015. Personally, I've never not pumped my own petrol.

It will also not eliminate jobs because gas stations with convenience stores are still required to have attendants during business hours.

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. "You have now taken away a nice luxury that most of us enjoyed".

Dan Jones, who operates a Chevron station in Malheur County in eastern OR, said the law would have no economic impact on his business and would allow him to promote from within. 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.

Let us first deal with the actual change in the law, originally put in place in 1951 for a number of reasons.

These snarky headlines might come as a surprise to most Oregonians, many of whom began the New Year with nary a gas-pump-related meltdown in sight.

New Law: Oregon Has to Pump Their Own Gas