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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Bucky
Bucky

I resided (not lived) in New Jersey for 10 years. Only "highly trained" gasoline dispensing professionals are allowed to handle a gasoline dispenser in that Nanny state. Like the one who forgot to put my gas cap back on, which I only discovered after I had left and ended up having to buy a new cap, which I then attached to the car with a cable.

DMiller
DMiller

I read a thread of comments yesterday about this. I thought it was a joke. But those are real people! God, we are doomed...

psydewinder
psydewinder

It's probably safe to assume people in those states are not allowed to wipe their own ass, it must be performed by a qualified health care professional.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I now live in Oregon, but I used to live in Idaho, where I fought off bears, wolves, undead transients, rabid squirrels, enemy sniper fire, etc ... on a weekly basis! And I lived to tell the tale. Well, this new law might prompt a rash of 911 calls, with fire departments constantly dousing gasoline fires and the police to chase off the transients. I know that I will be pumping my own gas while watching timid native Oregonians stand by their cars, looking for help.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

@psydewinder-not yet at the ass wiper level yet. I think CA will be the first state to have official ass wipers. After all, that state has Berkeley ...