Oregon has been an uber liberal state for a long time now. That’s unfortunate. I have family there and I lived there when I was a kid. It’s a beautiful state. People are wigging out there because Oregon has just implemented a law making it legal for citizens to pump their own gas again. I kid you not. When I was a teenager, one of my first jobs was at a gas station pumping gas. Most of the time though, people pumped their own. Things have changed a lot evidently. There are citizens there that don’t even know how to pump their own gas anymore. I just shake my head in disbelief.
Social media blew up with Oregonians who were upset about the law being rescinded. They are literally raising cane over this. I’ve lived all over the west. Currently, I’m in Oklahoma. I can’t remember the last time I saw someone who didn’t pump their own gas. A law passed through Oregon’s legislature in May and was signed into law in June that will allow counties with 40,000 residents or fewer to pump their own gas in Oregon. That means the rural areas. But it’s still mandated in the population centers. That’s bananas.
I would have thought Oregonians would have reacted in the exact opposite manner than they did. I would be thrilled to not have to pay extra for someone to pump my gas. But no… they were not pleased at all. The new law took effect yesterday and it has created a whirlwind of upset in rural parts of Oregon, where full-service gas stations have ruled the day since 1951. See, I don’t get that. I was there in the late 70s, early 80s and you could pump your own gas. I watched my father do it. Maybe that’s one of the reasons we left Oregon.
A local CBS affiliate in Medford, Oregon, asked its viewers on Facebook about the new law and the responses have ranged from anger to confusion. “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!,” one woman wrote in a comment on a survey the new station posted on Dec. 29th. She must be daft. If you pump gas correctly, you don’t smell like gasoline. That’s just lazy. If you can believe it, that poll elicited more than a thousand responses. Thank goodness the children in our family are in private schools there.
Another commenter made an equally dumb observation along with several others that full-service gas stations are safer than those permitting residents to feel the exhilaration of filling their own tanks. No they aren’t. If someone is going to attack you, sitting in your car unarmed waiting for an attendant is not going to save you. And because of the stupid gun laws in Oregon, most people are sitting ducks there. “It is safer for people, if a station attendant does the service. The only advantage of pumping the gas yourself, would be paying a few cents less a gallon. Getting older, and being disabled, I’d rather have the help!” another person wrote, noting there are times when attendants are welcomed. Well, that should be your choice, but it should not be mandated.
Others on Facebook were very dismissive towards those expressing concerns about a change to the six-decade old law. Right there with them. “It’s official. Oregon is full of mentally defective, full grown children, incapable of the most mundane of adult task,” wrote one person. That’s pretty much true of Oregon. They have let Marxism run wild in the state and a lot of these people feel entitled, even when it comes to being waited on hand and foot at the pump.
PUMP YOUR OWN GASStarting January 1st Oregonians can begin pumping their own gas in rural counties. MORE: http://bit.ly/2lnpGYPDo you think Oregon should allow self-serve gas stations statewide?
Oregon reformed the law in 2015. This evidently allowed people to pump their own gas at night because attendants weren’t on shift typically. But Oregon is still only one of two states in the nation that ban self-service. That’s just offensive. Motorists in New Jersey, for instance, face stiff penalties for touching pumps – fines range between $50 and $250 for the first offense and up to $500 for subsequent offenses. But that’s the east coast where you expect progressive insanity. Oregon didn’t used to be that way. The whole state needs a do-over and they need to ditch ALL of their politicians and start over. Sheesh.
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