Some Oregonians panic about new self-service gas law

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

Oregonians Come to Terms with Pumping Their Own Gas

And people are freaking out about it?

"I've lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas", another person wrote, continuing the trend of opposing minuscule change by printing random words in all-caps.

The scattered protests were largely met with ridicule and made the story go viral by Wednesday.

Twenty eighteen has begun with a debate in OR and New Jersey that has many people in the United States clinging onto laws that force consumers to have someone pump their gas for them at fueling stations.

Passed last May, House Bill 2482 allows for self-service refilling in counties which have a population of less than 40,000.

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It wasn't until Medford, Oregon TV station KTVL posted about the new law on social media that the rest of the country learned just how freaked out some Oregonians are at the mere thought of pumping gas. So far the vast majority of voters do, but some of the more inane responses have drawn news coverage of their own. She also said getting out of the vehicle when transients are around can be unsafe.

"I think it was probably a safety issue", she said of the resistance to the idea in years past.

According to a report by the Oregonian/OregonLive, full-service stations employ about 10,000 people in the state.

But the commenter needn't fear. The organization noted that the Americans With Disabilities Act requires self-serve gas stations to provide assistance to customers with disabilities.

PUMP YOUR OWN GASStarting January 1st Oregonians can begin pumping their own gas in rural counties.

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Dan Jones, who operates a Chevron station in Malheur County in eastern OR, said the law would have no economic impact on his business and would allow him to promote from within.

The law is created to help people in rural areas access fuel from unmanned stations, especially late at night. Now they can do so at all hours, if they so choose.

I don't even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian....

So corrupt, backward gas-station protectionism is still the order of the day in OR, driving up the cost of fuel and the cost of living. Here's a handy guide from roadandtrack.com on how to pump your own gas.

"The typical practice of charging significantly higher prices for full-service fuel dispensing in states where self-service is permitted at retail (...) discriminates against customers with lower incomes, who are under greater economic pressure to subject themselves to the inconvenience and hazards of self-service", the statute reads.

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