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Internet mocks OR state over new self-service gas law

12 January 2018, 09:43 | Melvin Schneider

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However, many gas stations in two central OR counties said they will continue to pump gas for customers despite a new law allowing self-serve gasoline in rural counties taking effect in a few days. A poll posted to Facebook by local TV station KTVL posed the question: Do you think OR should allow self-serve gas stations statewide?

One comment reads: "I don't even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian.... I say NO THANKS!", one punter wrote angrily in response to a news story about the change, despite it not in fact being a poll.

Pulling up to the gas pump and filling your own tank might be routine for Tennesseans, but it's the latest thing in OR - and social media is having fun with it.

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".

OR mandated full service in 1951 to prevent drivers from blowing things up, and stayed that way because it kept filling attendants in jobs, despite the slightly higher cost of fuel in the state.

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PUMP YOUR OWN GASStarting January 1st Oregonians can begin pumping their own gas in rural counties.

Or not. Maybe we just sat back and laughed at their utter country hipster nonsense until tears streamed down our faces. Missouri must raise more capable people than Oregon. 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. Some were angry and perturbed by the possibility of having to pump their own gas in the cold, while those from other states scoffed. We'll take all the jobs we can get.

The Bulletin reported employees at multiple stations in Crook and Jefferson counties say they're unaware of any plans to change self-service.

For those offended by these jabs, check out this piece from Road & Track, which is more blunt than anything HuffPost has on Oregon's crisis new law.

Let us first deal with the actual change in the law, originally put in place in 1951 for a number of reasons. Stations with self-service don't have to pay an attendant to man all the pumps, thereby saving money and allowing them to drop their prices and be more competitive. Yes, these jobs are low wage, but they still can get people employed overall.



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