Self Serve Gas Causes A Meltdown

Residents in some areas of Oregon can now pump their own gas. And it's a problem.

In eighth grade, I took compulsory Home Ec and Shop. I developed a weekly budget for a family of four, learned how to balance a checkbook, learned the difference between measuring dry and wet ingredients in a recipe and became pretty handy with basic household tools. Girl Scouts taught me how to cook over a fire I started, the basics of sewing and how to execute a successful camping trip. When I got my driver's license, my dad taught me how to check the oil, my tire pressure and what routine car maintenance consisted of. In short, the basic educational system and my parents felt there were some things that everyone needed to know.

It's been noted for some time, that Millenials generally are lacking in basic life skills. Whether it is cooking, reading a map, replacing a button , catching a fish or lighting a fire , poll after poll shows that the first fully immersed digital generation is woefully lacking. In one survey, half of the participants were unable to tie a basic knot. Thanks Velcro.

So I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry when I saw this Twitter post in my newsfeed. It is certainly indicative of the learned helplessness that so many Progressive nanny states create with ridiculous requirements and the lack of basic life skills that is becoming more common.

Then I followed the Facebook link . The news story talks about a new Oregon law that allows counties with less than 40,000 residents to abandon the requirement to have a fuel pump attendant. Oregon is one of two states that has prohibited residents from pumping their own gas. The other is New Jersey.

Read the comments yourselves, but it seems with this new freedom to pump your own gas in a select number of counties, Oregon will be subject to regular explosions, kidnappings and the death of elderly residents. Maybe there is an ongoing war in Oregon we are not aware of? I guess the rest of the 48 states must live in complete anarchy without gas station attendants. I honestly do not even know of a full service gas station within 100 miles of me. How do these people travel outside of the state?

Despite the new law, some eligible stations do not plan on letting consumers pump their own gas. This quote stood out.

"Our regular, longtime customers love coming here and talking to us while we pump their gas," said Shelby Perkins, a cashier at a 76 gas station in Prineville. She added that wasn't sure regular customers even knew how to operate the pumps.

Don't know how to use the pumps. Yup, that is some cutting edge technology right there folks. I'm sure it would take all of about 10 seconds to puzzle it out, but okay. Other stations have far more confidence in the relative intelligence of the residents of Oregon and will be going attendant free. They will likely also end up with a price advantage. Anyone want to bet how long it takes those folks Ms. Perkins worries about to figure that out that complex gas pump? I have faith in the people of Oregon and say, probably not very long. Capitalism at work.

But just in case, some hearty folks from the frontier, also known as the 48 states with residents well versed in pumping their own gas, are ready to help. For a fee.

Until Jim and his merry band of survivalists finish their work, avoid Oregon in the event of an apocalypse.

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Big Mamma
Big Mamma

My husband and I visited the Northwestern US this spring. This law knocked our socks off. How did a beautiful state founded by such hardy people (we followed the Oregon trail most of our way) turn into such a nest of wingnuts? Anyway, I am glad that they have modified their draconian approach to this one.

Jules
Jules

But the question is, will this lead to Armageddon? Will it result in the deaths of every single person on the planet? We need to exercise the same concerns over expecting people in Oregon to master the skills so common in the rest of the country as we do over tax cuts and having Donald Trump as president. Clearly, if we are not facing the extinction of the human race by pumping out own gas this is not nearly as serious an issue as the existence of a President Trump. //sarc off

etbass
etbass

For all of the people that think people will remain with full service stations, why do they then not exist in great numbers in the other 48 states? Surely there are states as rainy and colder than Oregon. (Hint: start the pump, get back in the car until it clicks off, get back out and replace the handle. It isn't that hard.) I don't know that I have ever been to a full service station. I would imagine it would be a rather lengthy wait on many occasions. Often our stations will be full with people at every pump. If we had to wait on an attendant to pump the gas for three or four pumps, it would take a lot longer. Assume a worker costs $30 hour for pay, taxes, training, benefits, etc. Assume it takes 4 minutes per customer and the attendant moves directly from one to the other, covering 15 customers per hour and the average amount is 20 gallons. That works out to an extra $0.10 per gallon, or $2 per fill up. Most people will save the $2 and probably 10 to 15 minutes of wait time. Pretty soon almost all of the stations that can will be self serve, or at least offer that option. The reason the other 48 states are almost exclusively self-serve is that it is what people chose to do for time and money. I wouldn't put it beyond Oregon to add a self-serve tax to try and distort the market back toward full service.

ekay
ekay

But I am willing to bet that many people who live in states where the temperature gets down into the teens or lower, and the snow comes flittering down, would gladly pay someone who would pump their gas for them. Oregoners may mourn the lack of someone to pump their gas when it is raining the proverbial cats and dogs, which is often the weather in that state.

ONLYJB1
ONLYJB1

Oh so the price will reflect the change? I figured they would just keep the price the same. So simple. Place debit or credit card in slot, push big button for grade of gas desired. Squeeze the handle. By the way, there are these little lockie things on many pump handles. Learn how to use and you won't have to hold the handle. Best of luck snowflakes. Cheers