For many people around the world, refilling your own car at self-service stations has been a very normal thing for years.
Not for many people rural Oregon, who from Jan. 1 were allowed to pump their own gas as a result of the introduction of new bill introduced in the state.
Passed last May, House Bill 2482 allows for self-service refilling in counties which have a population of less than 40,000. Oregon was one of two U.S. states which long banned the practice, the other still being New Jersey.
With the new year ticking over, there were a number of Oregonians angry about the potential change to self-service statewide in a viral Facebook post.
“Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing it correctly,” reads one comment. “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!” reads another comment.
“Attendant-pumped gas is one of those long-time Oregon things, like no sales tax, that has always made this state unique. Native Oregonians are proud to be different from the rest of the country – and to not stink like gasoline all day after a fill-up,” one commenter wrote.
Others took the opportunity to ridicule the hysteria over self-service gas: “Pumped my own gas my whole life and now my hands have literally melted down to my wrists. I’m typing this with my tongue.”
Although the law change is in place, it doesn’t require gas stations to switch to self-service. Some will keep full service as it has been for decades, but others will take advantage of the law change, according to AP.
Oregon mandated full service in 1951 to prevent drivers from blowing things up, and stayed that way because it kept filling attendants in jobs, despite the slightly higher cost of fuel in the state.
There’s always a first for everything, we guess.