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Jan 03 2018

Panic After Oregon Allows Self-Serve Gas Stations in Some Areas

The more government, the more people come to rely on its handouts and senseless regulations. On the rare occasions that government ebbs, panic results:

A law passed through Oregon’s legislature in May and signed into law in June will allow counties with 40,000 residents or fewer to pump their own gas. Oregonians are not pleased about the change.

This went into effect with the New Year. Yelps one Oregonian:

“I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian…..I say NO THANKS! I don’t want to smell like gasoline!”

Maybe she should consider a move to the Garden State.

Motorists in New Jersey … face stiff penalties for touching pumps – fines range between $50 and $250 for the first offense and up to $500 for subsequent offenses.

Note that the new Oregon law does not require anyone to endure the hardship of pumping their own gas. It merely allows self-serve gas stations to exist. But that is too much freedom for some.

On a tip from Steve T.



  • Daniel Kim
  • 127guy

    Look for California to immediately declare itself a sanctuary state for gas stations.

  • Eddie_Valiant

    Self-serve is the way to go. I guess being in a nanny state really means the nannies take care of everything.

  • SolidusRaccoon

    What? This is nuts. 95% of the places around here are self serve.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    This brings new meaning to the term “basket case.”

    ““I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian”

    I believe it is called “learning something new.”

  • Anonymous
  • DM

    62 years old and never been far from home either. Having traveled across the country a number of times, pumping your own gas has been more common than not for decades

  • hoagie111

    Living in PA there are few stations that pump your gas. Frankly, I hate pumping gas and will gladly pay a few cents not to have to but it should be a choice. Also, I’m handicapped so pumping for myself is a real pain but even before I hated to pump my own. The problem I have being handicapped is there are zero stations around me who even offer a choice. I must pump my own which is just as bad as not being allowed to pump your own at all.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    I frankly don’t know the last time I had someone else fill my gas tank.

  • Frank
  • Frank

    I don’t like anyone to touch my car. I pump my own gas to make sure none gets spilled on the paint. I watch the dealer’s technicians service it via closed circuit TV in the lounge. Yeah, I might be a BIT anal retentive…

  • Frank

    Snowflakes will never grow up. They’ll still be adolescents in their 60s and 70s.

  • Frank

    I remember filling up with leaded premium $0.29 per gallon gas pumped by attendants who also cleaned the windshield and checked the oil.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Thank God that the minimum wage laws change all of that.

  • Eddie_Valiant

    Whoa Frank – was this you driving in for gas? 😉

    https://youtu.be/WY2w2-CAKgM?t=32s

  • SLCain

    I remember the last time someone else filled my gas tank.

    ……………..the last time I was in Oregon.

    It’s a silly law, but I don’t consider it any more of an imposition than laws that require one to buy car insurance, which almost every state has now. Quite a bit less of an imposition, actually.

  • Frank

    ROTFLMAO! Love the clip. I didn’t start driving until 1958. Got my license on my 16th birthday. Already had my ’49 Caddy paid for and insured. The pleasure and excitement of that first drive by myself were only exceeded by my first solo in a plane. Add sheer terror to that solo flight. I conducted a steady dialog with the invisible instructor in the back seat from wheels up to wheels down!

  • DM

    You might want to look at ADA regulations. I may be mistaken but if you have a handicap placard or license plate you can ask to have your gas pumped for you and they must provide service. Some places will volunteer if they notice your placard.

  • hoagie111

    I have the placard just in case they miss the oxygen tank and tubes going to my nose but most places only have one guy at he counter. He certainly can’t close the store to pump my gas. Beside, I don’t want them to “must” provide service. I just don’t understand why the law allows places to be 100% self service. Why not allow up to say half and the other half for lazy bums, snowflakes and cripples like me?

  • BPatMann

    There are Oregonians who have been stuck for years at gas stations in Idaho waiting for someone to fill up there cars. It’s really quite sad.

  • BPatMann

    Typical Oregonian at a gas station in another state: “The service here is so bad that if someone doesn’t fill up my car in the next five minutes I have half a mind to fill it myself!”

  • OldSailor

    “But that is too much freedom for some.”

    Many men do not desire freedom, only a kind master – Sallust (Paraphrased)

  • OldSailor

    I’ve been pumping my own gas since returning from Japan in the early 1970’s.

    When I was growing up gas stations were “Service Stations” and in order to steal a share of “traffic” from stations a block or less away some went to extremes to out perform and out satisfy customers and beat out those competitors. “Gas wars” could drive pump prices down to ridiculous levels where the station owner wasn’t making ANY profit at all.

  • RKae

    OMG! Is that… Is that a meme with a comma in the right place?

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a thing on the internet!

  • Jack Bauer

    For God’s sake Oregoons…..
    It’s a damn gas pump, not a nuclear reactor!!!
    I’m surprised you people out there can wipe your own asses, and not have to hire someone who has been licensed by the state.

  • Eddie_Valiant

    I’m going on 66 so I was just a squirt at that time, but remember a lot of it well. Never learned how to fly though, and after flying with a friend who did, decided I’d pass on that! We flew to a Cape Cod FBO and as we were taking off, his window popped open (small Cessna plane) and nearly caused me a serious laundry problem!

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