Many Oregonians Not Happy About Pumping Their Own Gas

Oregon Self Service Gas Pumps

Motorists would drive up to a gas pump, where an employee would pump the gas for them.

A new law means people in some counties will have to learn how to do something many Oregonians might not even know how to do.

The internet machine roared, fueled by a local TV station's now-viral Facebook post last week asking people to react to the new law. Distraught Oregonians have been complaining on Facebook that the new rule forces them to learn how to operate gas pumps and get out of their cars.

Added Deerick Smith on Twitter: "To all the OR natives, I will be teaching how to pump gas tomorrow via Skype". Jim Bryant suggested he was going to move to OR to teach residents how pump their fuel, as well as tie their own shoelaces, dress themselves, count past 10 and operate a can opener. "Every year thousands of people are killed by vicious road gangs who are after what little gas we have left".

The law passed in May permits self-service gas pumping only in limited circumstances. Not to mention it's freezing and rainy.

Darlene Forseth, manager at Main Station Express in Prineville and Justin Bidiman, owner of the Metolius Market in Metolius, said they will continue relying on attendants since their stations are not equipped for self-service. Besides I don't want to go to work smelling of gas when I get it on my hands or clothes.

But i know how to pump the gas and when compared to the self serve stations in oregon ( pacific pride for example) the price of gas isnt really any cheaper so why not Have someone pump my gas? I say NO THANKS! "I don't like to smell like gasoline".

"FEAR NOT OREGON! I've made a decision to move to Oregon to open a school to teach people how to pump their own gas", one man joked. This is a service only qualified people should perform.

"So if I move to OR, do I put "experienced gas pumper, 17 years" on my resume?" commented Case C. Capehart on Twitter.

It's not all doom and gloom for lazy Oregonians, however. I went to college in OR way back around the time of the Boer War, and the legend at the time was that there was some kind of bad self-serve gas accident back in the early 1960s (maybe someone forgot to put out their marijuana joint?), after which the state legislature banned it.

"Honestly, I don't think we're going to make a change", a cashier told the paper. An additional three counties will allow self-service gas pumps between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

"It's staying the way it is", she said.

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