2018 brought the gift of self-reliance to the people of Oregon and they are checking the receipt to see if it’s returnable.
In 1951 Oregon passed a law prohibiting the pumping of your own gas. On January 1, 2018 that law was replaced allowing Oregonians to pump their own as long as the pumps are in a county with fewer than 40,000 residents. If you’ve ever traveled around Oregon you’ll quickly realize that’s virtually the entire state. Until just a handful of years ago the state still only had one area code. Shout out to the 503! The state has a whopping four now, leaving plenty of room to grow. Back to the gas story.
With the change in law this leaves New Jersey as the only remaining state where you can’t ‘fill it up yourself’. In Oregon the people are speaking out. They’re angry, scared, and confused as to how to work the pump.
Residents have been speaking out making statements such as:
“I REFUSE to pump my own gas. I had to do it once on a trip outside the state and almost died. It’s something only qualified, trained people should be allowed to do.”
“What are gas station attendants going to do for work. We’re taking their jobs away.”
“I don’t know how to use the gas pump. I’ve lived here for 60 years and I don’t want to change or smell of fuel”
“Many people do not know how to pump gas themselves and there are dangers of doing it. I don’t want to touch the stuff or arrive at destinations smelling of it.”
It would seem many Oregonians don’t leave the state very often and if they do they make sure to have enough in the tank to get back to their full-service station since. Apparently, like bypass surgery, it’s something best left to professionals and not attempted on your own.
Meanwhile the rest of us are left chuckling at the predicament that seems to be confusing the state’s residents. Perhaps the stories coming out of Oregon next will be those of gas stations randomly blowing up.
Oregonians a few tips:
- There is generally a fuel door on the left or right side of your car with a cap and hole to put the nozzle into. The pipe coming out the back of your car is not for fueling, that’s exhaust.
- The pump automatically stops when your tank is full so don’t worry about it overflowing.
- Remember to remove the nozzle from the car and place it back in the pump when done. You don’t want to be that video on YouTube driving with a hose hanging from your car.
Good luck! Don’t worry you probably won’t blow yourself up.