Oregonian Motorists Bravely Face Daunting Prospect Of Pumping Own Gas

Not every Oregonian is happy about a new law that allows them to pump their own fuel.

Salem, OR – Motorists in rural Oregon counties can now legally pump their own gasoline, thanks to a new law that went into effect on Jan. 1.

But not every member of the Beaver State is happy about the added privilege.

Up until Monday, Oregon and New Jersey were the only two states in the U.S. that required gas to be pumped by service technicians, WVUE reported.

The prohibition created obvious hardships, especially in rural areas where fueling stations closed up for the night.

"If you're a tourist going into the outback of our state without a full tank of gas," Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli told The Oregonian in 2015. "You better be prepared to sleep in your car, because it's going to be tough to find a gas station that's open after a certain hour."

Fuel stations in counties with less than 40,000 residents may now allow customers to use self-service pumps 24 hours per day, although not every business plans to entrust their clientele with what some believe is a highly complicated and extremely dangerous task.

Shelby Perkins, a cashier at a 76 station in Prineville, told KTVL that she wasn’t sure regular customers even knew how to operate the gas pumps, while some other stations simply chose to not install self-service pumps.

“My equipment is not set up for credit cards,” Justin Bidiman, owner of the Metolius Market in Metolius told KTVL. “So we don’t have any way of recording the gallons.

A shockingly large number of Oregonians motorists are also resisting the change, which prompted KTVL to ask Facebook users how they felt about the idea of self-serve stations.

As of Tuesday, the poll had garnered over 21,000 comments, resulting in some outrageously comedic social media banter.

This is an ongoing situation, and chaos could erupt at any moment. We will keep you updated regarding any significant developments as Oregonians work to adapt to these fuel-pumping changes.

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Sickandtired
Sickandtired

OMG ! How can you not know how to pump gas ?? I never knew such laws existed.

DaytenMGriffin
DaytenMGriffin

The people who don't know how to pump gas or are scared to could always ask the attendant.

Petebo1
Petebo1

NOT a good idea! I’ve been through Oregon plenty, and I wouldn’t trust those good folks with anything as dastardly as ‘pumping fuel’. Or scissors.

Gunslinger117
Gunslinger117

Proudnot2beliberal, who will beep their horn for them? Clearly thats a job above their abilities as well!

proudnot2bliberal
proudnot2bliberal

Living here in the peoples socialist republic of NJ we deal with the same stupidity people whove been driving for 30, 40, 50+ years & dont know how to pump gas. I know people who travel from other states thru NJ & wont buy gas in NJ because you have to wait in long lines (especially on the NJ tpke) for some schlep to pump gas for you Ive heard the same idiotic comments I dont want t o smell like gas I dont know how. Well 1st of all if you smell like gas youre doing it wrong. I love when I travel out of state & watch these imbeciles try to pump their own gas pull up to pump looking like a deer in headlights get out of car stare aimlessly at pump realize the gas cap is on other side get back in car pull around to other side of pump get out stare at pump & realize the gas cap is still on other side & scratch their head., finally figure out how to pull up to pump so gas cap is on correct side stare aimlessly at pump afteer 5 attempts finally figure it out, Mean while Ive pumped my gas went in to pee got drinks snacks & have been on the road for 10 minutes. Notice LIEberal states of NJ & Oregon BTW in most states if you are hanidcapped/disabled you can have an attendant pump gas for you you just have to beep your horn

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