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Old 01-03-2018, 06:42 PM   #1
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Some Oregonians are now allowed to pump their own fuel

If there are less than 40,000 residents in your county you can now pump your own fuel.
And some are freaking out.
Per the USA today.

♦ "Not a good idea, there are lots of reason to have an attendant helping, one is they need a job too. 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."


♦ "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. I had to do it once in California while visiting my brother and almost died doing it. This a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas. I can't even"

Just remember after you learn how to do it not to in New Jersey.
In New Jersey, a violation of the self-pumping law will elicit a fine between $50 and $250 for first offense, and up to $500 for subsequent offenses.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:50 PM   #2
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Only people who don't live in Oregon or have never lived in Oregon would know how protective we are about this issue. It's not anything new, it's been the law for 67 years. What the change has done, is allowed counties in eastern Oregon, with few residents, to have the law applied differently. For those areas, it makes sense.

This morning, at 6:30am, I pulled up to the pump to fuel up. Got 32 gallons. Never left the comfort of my warm truck. It was 28 degrees and the wind was blowing from the east at 18mph. Don't know what the wind chill factor was! But the guy helping me, was dressed for the weather (I was not). He has a job and did it with a smile. I think in Oregon it's a win-win where we don't pump our own fuel.
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If there are less then 40,000 residents in your county you can now pump your own fuel.
And some are freaking out.
Per the USA today.

♦ "Not a good idea, there are lots of reason to have an attendant helping, one is they need a job too. 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."


♦ "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. I had to do it once in California while visiting my brother and almost died doing it. This a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas. I can't even"

Just remember after you learn how to do it not to in New Jersey.
In New Jersey, a violation of the self-pumping law will elicit a fine between $50 and $250 for first offense, and up to $500 for subsequent offenses.
I believe there has been exceptions for awhile. When I was in Eastern Oregon last summer, there were signs at some stations explaining the rules for pumping your own. Basically it allows pumps to be open 24 hours per day without a night time attendant in the "sticks".
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Too funny but somehow pathetic. I'm in Oregon fairly frequently and I've often forgotten and automatically hopped out. At some point I realize, Oh no, I'm in Oregon. Seems like the new law will only confuse some folks, especially out of towners, unless the pumps are clearly posted.

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I travel between Washington and Oregon quite a bit. Having gas pumped for you is fine until the attendant forgets to tighten the gas cap. Then my check engine light goes off as does my cruise control. Just be sure to check the gas cap before taking off.
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Many years ( decades?) ago I worked at a gas station. Back then we were full service, pump gas, wash the windows, offer to check the oil and if they asked check the air in the tires. They used to have a contest to get us to sell oil.
In some of the cans would be a little plastic token. Maybe you won a quarter, maybe 1 dollar maybe $50. I should feel bad but if they were even slightly under full we were trying to sell a can of oil.
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Only people who don't live in Oregon or have never lived in Oregon would know how protective we are about this issue. It's not anything new, it's been the law for 67 years. What the change has done, is allowed counties in eastern Oregon, with few residents, to have the law applied differently. For those areas, it makes sense.

This morning, at 6:30am, I pulled up to the pump to fuel up. Got 32 gallons. Never left the comfort of my warm truck. It was 28 degrees and the wind was blowing from the east at 18mph. Don't know what the wind chill factor was! But the guy helping me, was dressed for the weather (I was not). He has a job and did it with a smile. I think in Oregon it's a win-win where we don't pump our own fuel.
Thanks Donna ; The only reason I pump my own gas is because I am forced to , I am not offered a choice. It would be nice on a cold, windy morning to be able to crank down my window just a little and just say " Filler Up"
Oregon is a win win proposition in my book !!
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The only reason I pump my own gas is because I am forced to , I am not offered a choice.
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.
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I travel between Washington and Oregon quite a bit. Having gas pumped for you is fine until the attendant forgets to tighten the gas cap. Then my check engine light goes off as does my cruise control. Just be sure to check the gas cap before taking off.
Many new vehicles, like my truck, do not have a gas cap so this won't be a problem.

We have lots of stations here that offer full service, or at least full service in some bays, and I always pull into them. The price is the same, the attendants are usually friendly, they wash my window, and allow me to do something else in my truck which can be real nice when it is storming outside.
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