OR drivers concerned about self-service gas stations following new law

Angry Oregonians the butt of jokes as new law forces some citizens to pump their own gas for first time

A new law took effect at the start of the New Year in OR, making it legal for citizens to pump their own gas at stations-and Oregonians are not happy. Aside from that exception, OR and New Jersey are the only states that do not allow drivers to fill up their own tanks.

When a CBS affiliate in Medford, Oregon, asked its Facebook followers to comment on the new legislation, the responses became a viral sensation.

Change can be a scary thing-but the rest of America isn't overflowing with sympathy for Oregonians freaking out about the fact that they're now allowed to pump their own gas. I say NO THANKS! "I had to do it once in California while visiting my brother and nearly died doing it", one Oregonian wrote.

Oregon House Bill 2482 was passed in May and allows people living in Oregon counties with 40,000 residents or less to pump their own petrol.

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

At her station, an attendant will still be around to help those who may not know the way. Customers can only pump their own gas between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The statute also makes a point of mentioning that the self-service gas pump ban minimizes driver exposure to gas fumes.

Kyle Allen spoke of the true horror of having to fill up himself: "One time, my dad came to OR and pumped his own gas". Missouri must raise more capable people than Oregon.

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.

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"Ya know, at my age, I have pumped a lot of gas before", Karen Andazola said. New Jersey has had a ban on self-pumping just as long as we have and you don't see everyone calling them a bunch of bumpkins.

In 1951, when OR first passed the law mandating gas station attendants, the rule made sense. Stations with self-service don't have to pay an attendant to man all the pumps, thereby saving money and allowing them to drop their prices and be more competitive.

"We are going to take advantage of it", he said.

The Bulletin reported employees at multiple stations in Crook and Jefferson counties say they're unaware of any plans to change self-service.

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

Not all OR gas stations will be changing their ways, according to the Bend Bulletin.

People across the US are getting in on the fun, too.

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