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Old 01-03-2018, 07:26 PM   #11
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We have lots of stations here that offer full service, or at least full service in some bays, and I always pull into them.
Proof that there is a market for full service stations if the price is basically the same. They were doomed here in the lower 48 for the most part because of the price difference.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:29 PM   #12
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But Wisconsin (along with most other states) was offered a choice. They voted with their feet and moved over to the self service pumps, like they did everywhere else. So, stations abandoned full service for the most part because there was no market. If the market was there, you'd have more full service stations. Creating a market and keeping it in business under penalty of law is - how do I put this kindly - unnecessary.
A few years back the service station by our home had both a full service and a self service island.
The service station got bought out by a large chain.
Shortly there after the full service island disappeared .
My point was , At one time I had a choice , now I don't . If it is your desire to make this a philosophical political argument then I will not be participating.
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We lived in Oregon most of our married lives up until about three years ago. Many years ago, as a younger woman, I was driving cross country. I needed gas once I crossed over the Idaho border. I stopped at a station and pondered the mystery of how to pump and pay for the gas. Eventually I went into the little store and asked how to go through the process. What tickled me was that an older biker followed me in and said he had the same problem....
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:41 PM   #14
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My point was , At one time I had a choice , now I don't .
And an excellent point it was. Many markets and services that used to be everywhere are slowly going away.
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If it is your desire to make this a philosophical political argument then I will not be participating.
My post wasn't really political. It was economic. Then again, I guess anything can be political if you read it that way.
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I was born and raised in Oregon. My first job was pumping gas at an old timey gas station where the boss insisted that every windshield got washed every time.

These days I canít stand getting gas in Oregon and will do so only if I canít make it out of the state before running dry. Far too many times have I pulled away and discovered that the ďprofessionalĒ attendant failed to fill my tank properly.

Also, I find it absurd that some of the people who are allowed to operate a motor vehicle on a public roadway are incapable of putting gas into their vehicle. That skill should be a prerequisite to being allowed to drive.

Oh, I understand Oregonís long history of resistance to self service, and how the issue continues to come up every few years. But the arguments all boil down to ignorance.

Just saying. Obviously a hot topic for me. Thanks for letting me vent. Iíll stop now. Peace.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:48 PM   #16
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Oh, I understand Oregonís long history of resistance to self service, and how the issue continues to come up every few years.
It's an issue that won't go away either. People know instinctively, if the truth be told, that such things don't make alot of sense. I've no doubt that someday, that law will be a distant memory. In the meantime, it's interesting to watch the debate.
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Then there was Harold super service.
We sang a variation of it as our managers name was Earl.

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Old 01-03-2018, 07:53 PM   #18
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Oh, I understand Oregonís long history of resistance to self service, and how the issue continues to come up every few years. But the arguments all boil down to ignorance.

Just saying. Obviously a hot topic for me. Thanks for letting me vent. Iíll stop now. Peace.
Oh please, we're far from ignorant And it's not like most Oregonians never leave the state, so we know how to pump fuel. We just choose not to and don't have to and our fuel isn't more expensive because of it either.

I still think it's funny that people who don't live hear have bigger issue over what we choose to do as citizens in our state. We can change it, we know how laws get changed. IF/WHEN the time comes to change it, we will.

In the meantime, come and visit in one of the most beautiful states in the country. You can keep your hands clean while you're here
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Oh please, we're far from ignorant And it's not like most Oregonians never leave the state, so we know how to pump fuel. We just choose not to and don't have to and our fuel isn't more expensive because of it either.

I still think it's funny that people who don't live hear have bigger issue over what we choose to do as citizens in our state. We can change it, we know how laws get changed. IF/WHEN the time comes to change it, we will.

In the meantime, come and visit in one of the most beautiful states in the country. You can keep your hands clean while you're here
As always an excellent post. As I said, I've no dog in the hunt - but it is interesting to watch the debate among Oregonians.

While many out of staters do get worked up about it, much of that stems from the "you gotta be kidding" factor. It's a hard thing to fathom for folks who've been pumping gas their whole lives without incident.

And, yours is definitely one of the most beautiful states I've ever visited. No debate there.
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I think a responsible compromise would be a self-service lane and a "we'll do it for you" lane. Kinda like the old Full Service/Mini Service lanes we used to have. I'm certainly not opposed to change and being adaptable is good. I know most of my friends here are the same way. But you can bet, when it's cold, wet and windy... that lane where an employee pumps the fuel will have a backup!
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