January 20 2018
SALEM, Oregon - The ability to pump your own gas is now law in Oregon.
The Oregon Senate gave final approval that allows self-service fueling in 15 rural counties.
The self-serve gas law that took effect Monday and has gone viral on the Internet.
House Bill 2482, which was signed into law last year by Gov. Kate Brown, allows motorists to pump their own gas in nearly half of Oregon's 36 counties.
Oregon and New Jersey had long been the only two states in the U.S. to bar customers from pumping their own fuel ? a job relegated to gas station attendants.
The new law likely would have gained little notice if not for a CBS affiliate in Medford, Oregon, which asked its Facebook followers to weigh in.
The responses they received, both serious and whimsical, prompted the post to go viral over the weekend. As of Tuesday, it had been shared more than 20,000 times and drew more than 18,000 comments.
A sampling of concerns:
"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!"
"I've lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas … This a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas."
"I go to work at 5 in the morning. Not a lot of people at the gas pumps at that time in the morning. And yes, I will not feel safe pumping my own gas … Not to mention it's freezing and rainy. So thank you to all who voted to change it. You have now taken away a nice luxury that most of us enjoyed."
"Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing it correctly. Besides I don't want to go to work smelling of gas when I get it on my hands or clothes. I agree Very bad idea."
"Yuck! Pumping my [own] 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. It's nice to not have to pump your own fuel."
While it's impossible to determine which comments are genuine and which are sarcastic, the Internet was quick to poke fun at the Beaver State.
Here's a sampling of the responses:
"Apparently there's an entire state of people in America who are incapable of filling their own car with petrol."
"FEAR NOT OREGON!!!! I've decided to move to Oregon to open a school to teach people how to pump their own gas … I understand Oregon, adulting is hard and sometimes you [need] someone to show you how. I'm here for you."
"Omg this post is hilarious!! I'm in Wisconsin and with the wind chill it's currently -17. You know what I did this morning?! Had to pump my own flipping gas!! It's not that hard people!!"
"Apparently most people in Oregon assume that in order to pump gas you must first remove all people from the vehicle and stand in the open while thugs attack from all angles, all while being sprayed with gas."
"ERMAHGERD we gotta pump our own petrol!!! These comments have made my day."