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Darin Oswald, Idaho Statesman

Oregon now lets you pump your own gas. Some people are losing it, others are laughing

By Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman | Posted - Jan. 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

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BOISE, Idaho — With the new year came a new law in Oregon, allowing residents of “rural” counties (those with 40,000 residents or fewer) to pump their own gas — and some Oregonians aren’t having it.

Idahoans who have traveled to the neighboring state may remember that Oregon was previously one of just two states that forbid people from pumping gas, instead employing attendants who do the job for you.

A news station out of Medford, KTVL, asked its Facebook followers how they felt about the change, and they didn’t hold back.

“Not a good idea, there are lots of reason to have an attendant helping, one is they need a job too,” wrote one commenter. “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.”

One woman said she felt unsafe leaving her vehicle at the gas station “with transients around.”

“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!” said another.

Read the full story at The Idaho Statesman.

Nicole Blanchard
    Idaho Statesman


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