People Freak Out After Oregon Strikes Law Banning Self-Service Gas Stations

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People are raising Cain on social media about a law in Oregon making it legal for citizens to pump their own gas.

A law passed through Oregon’s legislature in May and signed into law in June will allow counties with 40,000 residents or fewer to pump their own gas. Oregonians are not pleased about the change.

The law, which will take effect Jan. 1, has created a minor firestorm in rural parts of Oregon, where full-service gas stations have been the norm since 1951. A local CBS affiliate in Medford, Ore., asked its viewers on Facebook about the new law – the responses have ranged from anger to confusion.

“I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian…..I say NO THANKS! I don’t want to smell like gasoline!” one woman wrote in a comment on a survey the new station posted Dec. 29. The poll elicited more than a thousand responses.

Another shared her opinion, with several commenters suggesting full-service gas stations are safer than those permitting residents to feel the exhilaration of filling their own tanks.

“It is safer for people, if a station attendant does the service. The only advantage of pumping the gas yourself, would be paying a few cents less a gallon. Getting older, and being disabled, I’d rather have the help!” another person wrote, noting there are times when attendants are welcomed.

Still other Facebook denizens were dismissive toward those expressing concerns about a change to the six-decade old law. “It’s official. Oregon is full of mentally defective, full grown children, incapable of the most mundane of adult tasks,” wrote one person whose reaction was a common one on the thread.

Oregon reformed the law in 2015. The change allowed motorists to pump their own fuel at night, but the state is still one of two in the country that ban self-service. Motorists in New Jersey, for instance, face stiff penalties for touching pumps – fines range between $50 and $250 for the first offense and up to $500 for subsequent offenses.

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  • Richard Dean Anderson

    Although well past time for baby to grow up, you can expect many women to drive off with the nozzle still attached to their car.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      You can fix it, MacGyver!! Need a wad of gum?

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        You can fix anything with duct tape – anything but stupidity. That requires a nailgun.

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Preachin’ to the choir here ’bout the duct tape. I was a touring musician for many years, and sometimes it seemed as if d- tape was the only thing holding the band together long enough to finish the tour. And ennyhoo, before that, I rode motocross&desert bikes…..Duct tape LITERALLY held parts of the bike together at times……

        • duct tape may not fix stupidity, but it does make it marginally more tolerable for the rest of us when properly applied.

        • Richard Dean Anderson

          you guys are all sissies, shouldn’t need more than a paper clip and one rubber band

    • g.johnon

      just women huh?

  • Smarty

    They need to relax. Soon there will be a creepy robot approaching your car, asking how it can be of service….

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Well, whaddya expect? This is “Are-you-gone” we’re reading about here…….

  • YeahRightOkay

    …sigh…even my Baby Boomer generation has a bunch of snowflakes in the midst…however…they are very proud of knowing how to roll a joint…!!!…

    • Smarty

      Actually, the boomers (I’m one of them too), I believe, are a huge part of this mess. All of my “friends” are apathetic sheep that have no interest beyond their TV, paying their bills, and serving their children/grandchildren. This generation let it all go to hell and questions nothing…

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        The “Greatest Generation” taught their children to obey unquestioningly. Their children obliged by questioning little.

        Those who questioned were outcast as “counterculture.”

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Spot on, Drac. Thank you.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Remember the “Question Authority” bumper stickers?

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Absolutely. I actually had one on my guitar pedalboard case for years, ’til it slowly peeled off in pieces. It was right next to one of a naked girl holding a cat in her lap that read “Happiness Is A Warm Pussy”……

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            That sticker was my 70s. . .
            Interestingly, “Get Bent” was the bumper sticker that described the 80s (even got my hands on the last first-print Get Bent sticker)

          • TickTock

            “No gas. no grass, no ass…no ride”.

          • YeahRightOkay

            …I was an anomaly…was classified a rebel in the military…because I questioned idiot orders…still did the day I retired after 30 years…guess they were glad I finally left…however…my legacy was to teach my troops the same rebel attitude…

          • TickTock

            A lifer that questioned idiot orders? You are indeed an “anomaly”.

        • g.johnon

          we pretty much cast ourselves out rev, that is pretty drunk history that you and smarty are spouting, i am a boomer, my beat gen dad taught me to always question everything, especially authority. boomer hippies were not, as portrayed by msm, liberals, johnson was just as fucked up as nixon to us. carter was a freeking sad sack. we were all about liberty and fairness,
          never been real sure about you in general rev, but smarty musta grown up in a very strange evironment.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            My siblings and I encompass almost the entire baby boom. I got to see the early results of “Greatest Generation” propaganda on their children, in my older siblings and their contemporaries – the parents of kids I went to school with.
            This reflexive urge to obey was so ingrained, even their “rebellion” was based on obeying. Just switched one authoritarian hierarchy for another.

            I’m the only one who didn’t grow up to be authoritarian.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Hey, rollin’ hooters IS an art form……And I was a Picasso at it…..prob’ly still could be, w/ a bit o’ practice.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        I can roll a cigarette in 22 seconds. . . can’t roll a joint to save my ass.

        I can also MacGyver a pipe out of an Ecology button, a spring, and a bit of telescoping antenna.

        • TickTock

          No difference between rollin smokes and joints. Pot just takes a bit more prep, such as removing the stems and seeds and cutting up the buds (unless it’s shake) before ya twist it up.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            The difference in the consistency of the material is my bane.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            I learned how to roll from a Rizla ad in an old early 80s-era Penthouse mag. It showed how in like 3 steps, I think. The biggie is getting the stuff as consistent as possible, and then separating it into two piles in opposite ends of the paper with a bare spot in the middle. Folding over and rolling with your thumbs directly over the piles spread the weed, er, ‘material’ out pretty evenly, and any excess fell back onto the tray, or open double-album cover (whoops, showin’ my age here). Then ya just rolled it back’n’forth until the pape’ tucked itself in on the ends. Lick, light, enjoy.

      • YeahRightOkay

        …I too was pretty good in my day…rollin’ that is…Bull Durham to be precise…(that tobacco for the young ‘uns…)…

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          I was a Laredo man, back when. Those paper-length strands made for THE easiest rolling I ever had.

  • randy wellman

    what amazes ME is how many of the stupid americans across the country CAN still pump their own gas. seems we get stupider by the DAY.

    • TickTock

      True, the stupid can be found all over, but it’s primarily concentrated in the blue states.

      • darkhorse

        it’s primarily concentrated in these comments

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Which is precisely why you are here, right Darkwhore?

          • darkhorse

            oh, the Turette Syndrome retard moron song stealer is back attacking me again! Because he was on his knees begging me for my song that he thought would skyrocket and he would have done anything to get ownership of it… the bigtime MUSICIAN…the FAMOUS TRAVELING MUSICIAN whose name precedes him.. this, THIS is who has so much hostility contained withing he can’t control it!! Loser…get a life if you can…you can’t get class because it’s not in your DNA…you can’t imitate class – you wouldn’t know where to begin… you have WOMAN HATE PROBLEMS!! We all know what kind of men(?) hate women, don’t we? Limp-wristed, ROIGHT??

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            You are pathetic. Fuck OFF, Cuntess.

          • darkhorse

            how’s your fancy boy? Your wifey’s cousin? The meth head?

          • Jebus you two, just whip your D*cks out, measure them, and be done with it please. We have bigger enemies than each other.

          • darkhorse

            I’m female

          • irrlelvant to my point.

          • darkhorse

            well..if you’ve you’ve been reading the comments you see that this filthy-mouthed sewer- dweller tried to steal my song and has been attacking me non-stop on here…funny that you address ME instead of him, isn’t it? Do you know WHY that is? Are you not offended by his language? I guess not. and quite frankly, I don’t care what what you think about any of it…go address him

          • seriously, no one cares. take your d*ck measuring contest elsewhere if both of you cant figure out who the real enemy is. Theres enough divide-and-conquer going on without doing it ourselves.

            and newsflash, I replied to the last comment in the thread, and addressed you both in it.

          • darkhorse

            hey jew boy!! Still mad?? Good!!!!! Your fellow HASBARA, the RABBI Draco, has his panties in a twist because he’s a snowflake like you!!

          • and you have no real reply as to my comment so naturally suddenly the assumptions, name calling and attacking turns my way. Typical. At least now you’ve outed yourself as one who has no real interest in fixing the issues or figuting the real enemies of this country. great job. keep up the keyword-dropping, disinformaton and infighting. I’ve got stuff to do.

          • darkhorse

            FYI… I no longer read comments from JEWISH DISINFO AGENTS

          • You really are great. keep em coming.

          • darkhorse

            then I guess I need to do whatever you say…. MARCUS HASBARA

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    I’ve been yelled at a couple of times for fueling my own truck in Oregon. . . fuck ’em.

    Full-serve is a good idea in more sketchy areas – one might argue that self-serve places a unreasonable risk of danger on the customer, putting the owner in an actionable position.

    I was told by more than one Oregonian, when I was there in the early-mid 90’s, that the law was put into place to guarantee jobs.

    • G’ma G

      My family is in Oregon and I have returned for reasons of safety after living in self serve Washington for 30 years. I love grabbing the nozzle to make someone come flying over to do it after I’ve waited more than a couple minutes. I do have to keep reminding them that it is not illegal for me to do it otherwise they would have to post notice of the law on their pumps since no one else in the country is restricted.

  • tonye

    My mother is 81.

    She pumps her own gas and cleans her own window.

    On our drives from SoCal to the Puget Sounds I will try to avoid stopping in Oregon as much as possible. Not only can’t you pump your own gas, but you waste lots of time waiting for service and you still have to clean up your own window.

    I fill up in Weed and again in Centralia. On the way down, I usually stop at a one particular large station just south of Eugene where the service is fast and the bathrooms are clean.

    When I had the Accord hybrids, with 600 miles per tank range, I’d go straight from Weed (overnight stays) directly to Seattle and back.

  • SP_88

    Wow. What a bunch of snowflakes. These people have been coddled with full-serve gas stations for a long time. Now all of a sudden they might have to pump their own gas. Oh, the horror.
    I can’t believe that any state has such a law. It’s ridiculous. In every other state in America people pump their own gas. Perhaps it’s time for these two states who have let time pass them by, to reassess their full-service laws and rejoin the rest of the country who are able to fill their own car with fuel.
    However, because some people are so stupid and incompetent, perhaps it’s best if they kept a few full-service gas stations around so people don’t burn down their car, or the whole gas station. Yes, people are that stupid.

  • LMAO

    That’s hilarious to us aussies… Aint been a full-servo down here in decades.
    (& yes our wimin drive off with the nozzles too)
    Well they used to till the auto fill was banned, now you have to hold the sucker till it fills. That will be next for you guys.

    • darkhorse

      gee…too bad women can’t be as smart as you guys…

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    What a bunch of incapable snowflake dipshitz.

  • Mayday911us

    Very few places have full-service gas pumps anymore unless you’re in New Jersey and they can’t do it right either. I’m sorry it’s too hard to pump your own gas but banning them is kind of stupid because the gas station should be making decision to have it or not.

    But I hope people realize normally you pay more for that gas to have full-service.

  • WTF, being a native N Californian I have always pumped my own gas my entire adult life ( ** don’t think there are any full service stations any more ) and its not rocket science and if you cant’ figure it out maybe you should NOT be driving!!

  • TickTock

    “Fill er up with regular…and check the oil”.

  • emmanuelozon

    Full service is great. Of course you have to pay for it. When the law changed in the state in which I live there appeared signs over the pumps which read: Full Service, or Self Serve. Prices were also posted. Everyone started pumping their own to save the dime per gallon. That was years ago, and I haven’t seen any Full Service except the ADA compliant pumps that everyone must have for at least 20 years.

  • Hates Liberals

    Boo Hoo!

  • archer

    This where “free enterprise” will kick in, their will be a niche for stations to keep some pumps full service, while others will be self serve.