Actually, Oregon's ban on self-service gas is good

Angry Oregonians the butt of jokes as new law forces some citizens to pump their own gas for first time

In reality, most people still can't pump their own gas in OR, and it's not actually clear how much people are freaking out about it. "There's going to be some gold in there", one person wrote.

At least several Oregonians are freaking out about the new law.

Dozens of outlets picked up on the story, painting Oregonians as fearful, simpletons unable to pump gas without drenching their clothes in fuel and setting fire to entire city blocks.

Since 1951 gas stations have been required to have attendants pump gas for customers.

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KTVL News 10 asked its fan base what they thought about the new law on its Facebook page, and the number one complaint seemed to be that the industrious beavers do not know how to pump gas.

I don't even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian.... The Bend Bulletin reported many gas stations said they'll continue to pump gas for customers despite the new law.

The statute lists 17 reasons for the self-service ban, including fire hazard safety, higher insurance liability rates, accommodation for people with disabilities, exposure to toxic fumes, and the addition of fuel attendant jobs, especially for young people. "I agree Very bad idea", another Facebooker wrote. I had to do it once in California while visiting my brother and nearly died doing it. This [is] a service only qualified people should perform.

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". Drivers in 15 counties can now pump their own gas any time of day, while those in three other rural counties can do so after business hours, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. It's too hazardous. It's too unsafe.

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To be fair, these Oregonians have a point: Pumping gas is a pretty hard task, right up there with scraping your windshield and turning the heat on.

Look, Oregon, if you're reading this, we're here to help.

Pundits have been predicting that 2018 will be a year of great change and progress, and already we're seeing they're not wrong - just this week, it became legal to pump your own petrol in parts of OR for the first time. It's only 13 steps long. Up until now, the state was just one of two in the USA that forbade them to do so.

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