Oregonians Brace for Another Type of Storm: The Self-Service Gas Pump
OREGON — Snowmageddon. Snowpocalypse. Call it what you want, but the upcoming snow that's forecast to hit the whole eastern seaboard followed by sub-freezing temps is nothing compared to the hardships Oregonians are dealing with these first few days of 2018.
Before Monday, Oregon and New Jersey were the last two state in the nation to ban customers from pumping their own fuel. The job was solely performed by gas station attendants.
All this changed on Monday when House Bill 2482 went into effect in Oregon, allowing drivers to pump their own gas in close to half of Oregon's 36 counties.
If the new law was implemented with very little push-back, perhaps many of us on the east coast would never even know Oregonians didn't pump their own gas in the 21st century, but alas, that didn't happen. A CBS affiliate, KTVL in Medford, Oregon, asked its viewers on Facebook a couple days before the new law was enacted how they felt about the upcoming changes at the pump.
Their answers, and replies from internet trolls around the nation will be sure to have you ROTFL or at least help you forget about the upcoming winter cyclone for a minute.
Cathy, for one, is against pumping her own gas, speaking on behalf of the disabled, seniors, and those with young children. Not to mention, she brings up the dangers due to all the transients who hang around gas stations.
Jim is using the new gas law as an entrepreneurial opportunity to teach Oregonians other important skills also.
Tina says many people don't know how to pump their own gas. And even worse, those who do, stink all day at work. You can always tell the one selfish employee who pumps before work then comes in smelling like a gasoline shower.
"You put the gas in your car not the shower, princess" reminds us of a memorable, but tragic scene in a 2001 movie about the hardships of being a male model.
By Wednesday at 2 p.m. the post had been shared almost 53,000 times.