Oregon introduced a new law on Monday that will allow motorists to pump their own gas in nearly half of the state's 36 counties. Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states that bar people from pumping their own gas, a measure introduced decades ago to protect the jobs of gas station attendants.
House Bill 2482 was passed last year by Gov. Kate Brown, and it's led to some mixed reactions.
Local news station KTVL CBS 10 News decided to ask their readers what they thought of the new law on Facebook. And as Twitter user @Kristebtipsy pointed out, there are some real gems among the more than 18,000 comments.
Just look at these poor folks and their very serious concerns.
These poor people. The only way it could get worse is if the Internet decided to relentlessly troll them for their comments...
Yeah, that's what exactly what happened.
And it wasn't confined to Facebook either...
They’ve just never done it and he attendants smell like gas so they assume a regular fill up will result in gas everywhere I guess. Apparently the attendants are pretty bad at it as well.— Kristen (@Kristytipsy) January 3, 2018
Yep. I’m in California so I didn’t realize it was a law that was enforced in two states.— Kristen (@Kristytipsy) January 3, 2018
I may find these funnier as a native of New Jersey, now the last remaining holdout where pumping your own gas is not legal.— Mike Westfall 🎤⬅️🍂 (@mwstfl) January 2, 2018
"Not to mention getting out of your car with transients around and not feeling safe too."— just an extremely casual regular guy (@bridgewindsoup) January 3, 2018
she seems cool
I would like to start the Society to Bring Back Elevator Operators. Those death boxes are dangerous to operate without extensive training, and how many other...humans (eewww)...have touched those buttons?— Suzyzus (@suzyzus_gw) January 3, 2018
Please someone record people pumping their own gas for the first time. Please. I beg you.— Katie (@canyonoflight) January 3, 2018
Though some people had some actual concerns.
As a disabled person I LOVE getting people pump gas for me in Oregon, had real problems doing it myself in CA & WA, and "they'll do it for you at self-serve cost" is bullshit. MA still has some towns that require staff serve. SeQuential has lovely, kind staff helping.— Normandy Helmer (@nhelmer) January 3, 2018
Spare a thought for Oregon today.