Why Does Oregon Have Gas Station Attendants In the First Place?

Why Does Oregon Have Gas Station Attendants In the First Place?

Up until three days ago, OR was one of two states, with the other being New Jersey, to mandate that every gas station be staffed by workers who pump the gas for you.

New Jersey is now the only state left in the entire United States of America where all residents are prohibited from pumping their own gasoline at gas stations.

The Internet machine roared, fueled by a local TV station's now-viral Facebook post asking people to react to the new law.

According to The Bulletin, some rural gas station owners didn't know the rules were changing and are not prepared to let people pump their own. "I say NO THANKS!", one punter wrote angrily in response to a news story about the change, despite it not in fact being a poll.

"I live in Australia", one commenter wrote on behalf of us all.

In most states, gas station attendants died out during the oil crises in 1973 and 1979, when people were looking for any way to save a few cents at the pump.

"So if I move to OR, do I put "experienced gas pumper, 17 years" on my resume?" commented Case C. Capehart on Twitter.

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Thomas Downs, who owns a small restaurant and gas station in Harney County in southeast OR, testified during a committee hearing a year ago that the bill would allow him to focus on other services his business provides. Customers can only pump their own gas between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Perkins confirmed that many of her customers probably don't know how to pump gas anyway. I laughed said I am from Idaho, I'm fully capable, you can leave... At the time, many states had similar laws on the books, but a lot has changed since 1951, and gas stations and pumps are much safer now. Gas stations report they'll continue pumping gas just as they always have.

Until recently, it was actually illegal for anyone in the state of OR to refill their own vehicle with gas. We'll take all the jobs we can get.

Dan Jones, who operates a Chevron station in Malheur County in eastern OR, said the law would have no economic impact on his business and would allow him to promote from within.

OR law even lists 17 different reasons why pumping your own fuel can be risky, as its reasoning for the law remaining in place elsewhere.

Medford, a city of more than 70,000 in Jackson County, has too many people to qualify for self-service.

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