A new law is taking effect this week in Oregon and it has some residents in a panic. This new law will allow residents in rural communities the capability to pump their own gas. For a very long time (decades) the state had a law that gas station attendants were required to pump gas for drivers and customers weren’t legally allowed to pump their own gas.
This change took place on Monday January 1, 2018 under House Bill 2482. Gas Stations in communities with a population less than 40,000 residents are allowed to have self-service gas pumps. Customers/Drivers that live or visit 15 counties are now able to pump their own gas at any time of the day or night where the gas station is open. In 3 other communities drivers can pump their own gas after business hours between 6pm and 6am.
The story blew up on the internet when a local TV station started asking people their reaction to the new law. Many local residents were confused, angered and frustrated that they may need to pump their own gas. While people from other states and countries took aim and made fun of the situation.
Here are some of the comments from the residents:
“I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian . . . I say NO THANKS! I don’t like to smell like gasoline!”
“No! Disabled, seniors, people with young children in the car need help. Not to mention getting out of your car with transients around and not feeling safe. This is a very bad idea. Grrr,”
“I’ve lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas . . . This [is] a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas.”
And of course, the reactions from those out of state:
“FEAR NOT OREGON!!! I’ve decided to move to Oregon to open a school to teach people how to pump their gas. Short-term business you say?
“I’m in Wisconsin and with the wind chill it’s currently -17. You know what I did this morning?! Had to pump my own flipping gas!! It’s not that hard people!!”
“It’s official. Oregon is full of mentally defective, full grown children, incapable of the most mundane adult tasks,”
On a good note, it is expected that no job loss will take place as gas stations with convenience stores are by law still required to have attendants during business hours.
What do you think? Is this a good or bad move?