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whitedog January 2nd, 2018 22:39

Some Oregonians know how to pump their own gas
Apparently there has been some internet chatter about some Oregonians freaking out about "having to pump their own gas"

Well, I have lived in Oregon from my first memories and I'm not freaking out, rather, I'm laughing with everyone at these people. The new law only effects the least populated counties and the people in the least populated counties are man enough to pump their own. Yes, even the ladies are man enough to pump their own.

The facebook thingy that started it all was in a county that isn't affected so the people that were replying probably won't even have to worry about it. I think that just goes to show how much they are paying attention to what is going on.

That being said, I have talked to a bunch of people that are perfectly capable of pumping their own, but they just don't want to. That's a big Whiskey Tango Foxtrot there. I prefer to get out and chat with the attendant and maybe even pop my hood. If it's my Jetta, I always pump my own and top it off as I wish. If it's my (gasser) service truck, the attendant is happy to let me do it because it fills so slow I have to trickle it in so I just free them up to handle their business elsewhere.

I guess I'm just a bit different -OK ALOT different- but I feel like if I sit in my car while someone else pumps my gas, it's like I am trying to feel superior to them and look down on them. When I get out and help - even if it's just opening the fuel door - I'm relating to them and treating them as an equal, not some super S.N.O.B. that feels others should cater to me.

That being said, if I travel out of state, I always fumble when it comes time to pay. If I use a credit card, that's simple, but what about cash? And what if I only want a certain amount? But even though I may struggle with those rare situations, guess what? I figure it out!

A question for all of you in the other 48 states, how does someone that actually needs help, get help? Like if someone has severe trouble getting out of their car, how do they get someone to come out and help? I'm honestly curious about this and not trying to be a Jackhat.

If you want a good laugh, dig up some of the responses. One guy said he had to fuel up in CA. and almost died. OMG, seriously? I bet now there will be people in the other 48 looking for Oregon plates at the gas station and playing games with them. Like watching for when they put the nozzle in the tank then run over saying, "STOP!!!" If you do this - and I hope someone does - let us know how it goes, or better yet, get it on video. Or walk over calmly and ask in your best kindergarten teacher voice, "Do you need help with that?"

Trade Wind January 2nd, 2018 23:15

In MN, a few stations will still pump your gas if you pull up to the right pump. Mostly your small town, old fashion garage and gas pump stations, like the Mobil station in my town. I've seen a few old ladies do that, especially when it's extremely cold. But it is rare that a driver would not be willing and able to pump his own gas. In the rare case a driver needs help, he can push an intercom button on the pump and the attendant from inside the station can talk and help if needed.

Last year I flew to Portland to buy a TDI to flip. Before leaving to drive back home, I stopped for fuel, and an attendant came running out towards me. I had no idea what the heck was going on. Then he said, oh, I could go ahead and fill up since it was diesel. At that point I thought he was pulling my leg, or more likely, crazy. I went inside to pay, we chatted and he explained the Oregon law. I left still not quite sure if the guy was kidding me or what. Up until then, I had no idea there were states that prevented a driver from pumping his own gas…

Tdijarhead January 3rd, 2018 04:19

There are a couple of stations around here that offer full service, and many of their customers are older, women or handicapped, folks who cannot or prefer not to pump their own. Other stations say they offer help, for the handicapped or if you want it, but Iím not sure how you let the attendants know, cell phone maybe?

New Jersey is the other state that mandates a professional pump executive.:). Iíve never been to Oregon, and not to New Jersey since the law took effect so Iíve had no experience in either state.

oilhammer January 3rd, 2018 05:15

I could not imagine NOT being able to do this myself. Silly, but I think it would drive me crazy letting someone near my car with a metal pump nozzle.

There are a few full service stations around I'm sure, but they are a vanishing thing. I would imagine that handicapped people know where they can go to get someone to pump their own gas. The places I go do have a sign I think that says to honk or something for an attendant, but usually these places have one person inside at that time. Maybe sometimes they have an extra person that can go out and help.

I honestly don't know how anyone grounded in reality can deal with some of the crazy nonsense stuff on the left coast. You guys must have to smile and grit your teeth a lot.

whitedog January 3rd, 2018 06:39


Originally Posted by oilhammer (Post 5366352)
You guys must have to smile and grit your teeth a lot.

It helps to live in the right part of the left coast. I think the rain on that side of the state gives them a soggy brain.

To not WANT to pump your own, I can understand even if I don't agree with it. The ones that make me smile and grit my teeth are the ones freaking out thinking the world will end or that it's dangerous.

oilhammer January 3rd, 2018 06:54

We have a company here that opened a location near us but they are based out of California. They have BBQs all the time up at their location, because it is something forbidden in CA. They point out the irony of BBQs being banned while half the state is on fire. Good group of folks, although they do still dress funny. :p Make good BBQ though!

Lightflyer1 January 3rd, 2018 07:09

How do these few people think the rest of the country gets along with pumping their own fuel? Some state passes a law that says it is unsafe to pump your own fuel yet millions upon millions of others do it everyday without a mishap.

ezshift5 January 3rd, 2018 07:42

I recall an Oregon fuel stop near Bend. Weatherbeaten dude came out - into the impressive cold as I donned my circa WWII foul weather jacket - and as he pumped we spoke.

Told me he was a Navy aerographer at one time. I mentioned I should have indicated my wagon is diesel earlier. He got it - continued to pump and we talked about the weather.

After all, he was once an Aerographer's Mate on an aircraft carrier.

I probably enjoyed our chat more than he did. (He was not wearing a warm green jacket with "USN" on the front).

Nice guy (but he'd rather been inside in front of the heater)


pdq import repair January 3rd, 2018 07:47

In Oregon, till now it has been illegal to pump your own gas. I have had many irate attendants confront me for trying and probably don't like my advice as they pump my fuel for me.
I see no logic in the law and now at least in lesser populated areas you can pump your own there.
Around here I am not sure I could find one place in town that will pump for you regularly. Some manned stores do have signs that tell you to sound your horn if you need help and they will come out and help handicapped people if needed. Hell around here other patrons will gladly help someone that needs it.
I like most other able bodied people would rather do it themselves.
I do remember the full service stations of old where the attendant would fill you car and wash your windshield and check your oil. I started my career working in such a place and washed a lot of windshields and checked oil and air if requested. Self service cut rate stations became immediately popular from the start and the old fashioned gas stations slowly disappeared.

oilhammer January 3rd, 2018 08:27


Originally Posted by Lightflyer1 (Post 5366380)
How do these few people think the rest of the country gets along with pumping their own fuel? Some state passes a law that says it is unsafe to pump your own fuel yet millions upon millions of others do it everyday without a mishap.

Yep, and lots of us use WD40 every day too without cancer taking hold. But California says different. :p

Bunce1260 January 3rd, 2018 09:46

I moved to Oregon a little over 2 years ago. The first time I started gassing up I got shouted at. I had no idea you weren't allowed to pump your own gas, what an absurd law. Now, occasionally I like it, like when the rain is sideways but for the most part it's bloody annoying. 8 times out of 10 I have to sit around and wait for the attendant to get to me and my car. I wish they'd just get rid of this annoying law all over the state. They will still need someone to man the register inside so I don't think too many jobs will be lost because of it, and that seems to be the main reason for keeping it.

Mark_J January 3rd, 2018 12:08

When I ride the Harley into Oregon, they would rather have me pump my own gas. Not sure if the law allows it, but I have been told by several gas station attendants that they never pump gas into a motorcycle unless asked to, but they are very seldom asked. I do agree with the above post, it seems to be a silly law, and not people in rural areas can pump their own gas, but not in the cities???? Makes no sense to me. The rural folks are more safer pumping their own gas over the city folks. Oh well, the politicians have way too much time on their hands.

KLXD January 3rd, 2018 13:59

I remember my first trip through Oregon when I ignorantly started pumping fuel. At least the attendant wasn't rude about my faux pas.

Now I make sure I'm full before entering. My Dodge can make it across on one tank. I wonder how much tax revenue they loose on guys like me.

Fahrvegnugen January 3rd, 2018 17:05

The law is because the unemployment rate un Oregon is f****d. People need paying jobs. The nice thing about it is when you pull up in your mb to the biodiesel specialist and get to chatting. I like it when my windscreen is cleaned. At a self service station the dam squeegee well is dry or the squeegee is damaged or no where to be found. I didnít worry about nimrod with a nozzle near the Benz, but always did check to see I was free and clear before take off. I donít miss the stories of driving away with the fueling pump.

Lightflyer1 January 4th, 2018 09:50

How much do they pay a flunky for fueling a vehicle? They couldn't get some other unskilled job that actually paid them? Do they actually do anything other than fill the tank? Do they do it well or just pretend?

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