Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Why Does Oregon Have Gas Station Attendants In the First Place?

Why Does Oregon Have Gas Station Attendants In the First Place?

At the start of the year, people in rural OR counties could begin pumping their own gas. Aside from that exception, OR and New Jersey are the only states that do not allow drivers to fill up their own tanks. A poll posted to Facebook by local TV station KTVL posed the question: Do you think OR should allow self-serve gas stations statewide?

Some commenters said they didn't want to pump their own gas because it's unsafe, they don't want to get out of their cars in the cold weather, they're anxious about transients, or because they're afraid of smelling like gas if they spill it on their hands or clothes.

"I say No too many creeper out there An it will take a lot of jobs away they need their jobs and I don't feel safe out there ethier!" "I don't want to smell like gasoline!" one woman said.

In reality, most people still can't pump their own gas in OR, and it's not actually clear how much people are freaking out about it.

Others took the opportunity to ridicule the hysteria over self-service gas: "Pumped my own gas my whole life and now my hands have literally melted down to my wrists".

The new law leaves New Jersey as the only state in the country that requires an attendant to pump gas for customers, The Bulletin stated.

PUMP YOUR OWN GASStarting January 1st Oregonians can begin pumping their own gas in rural counties. Numerous commenters were concerned about the hazards of pumping their own gas like.

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Victor Alvarado, a gas attendant said, "If you have the customers do it you're not going to have a job".

As we're all getting settled into the new year, there's one thing that seems to be upsetting OR residents and their way of life - and no, it's not the weather OR the political atmosphere. It turns out that some people REALLY liked having someone else pump their gas and they're REALLY mad about potentially having to do it for themselves.

Another said: "Yuck! Pumping my fuel in freezing temperatures and handling a nasty ole fuel nozzle that 50 other people have touched that day (and who knows what cooties are on there), no thank you". Some stations have already promised that they have no intentions of getting rid of attendants any time soon.

OR law even lists 17 different reasons why pumping your own fuel can be risky, as its reasoning for the law remaining in place elsewhere.

Something obvious to one country may be completely foreign to another and it seems filling up your auto yourself is one of those things, as a recent law change in OR has revealed.

Kale Williams, a columnist for the Oregonian, slammed the Internet and some publications for poking fun at OR and making the state "look like either a collection of feeble-handed troglodytes too dumb OR lazy to do the deed themselves OR an assemblage of elitists who turn their noses up at the plebeian pump".

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