The reaction of Oregonians to the prospect of having to pump their own gas-and many stations will surely look to cut labor costs in the era of higher minimum wage laws by shrinking staff-has brought out an excellent example of the effects of prolonged nanny-statism.
A new OR gas pumping law allowing residents to operate self-serve pumps has drawn the ire of some residents and gas stations that appear to be balking at the change.
The CBS affiliate in Medford took to Facebook to ask their viewers to weigh in on the change, the post went viral, garnering some 43,000 comments, and many of those commenters voiced displeasure at having to pump their own gas.
"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 gas", one person wrote.
Self-service gas is a way of life for people in 48 other states.
Historically, it was illegal in fact for drivers to pump their own fuel in the state. They didn't pass a law mandating that you pump your own gas. In Catsop, Tillamook and Curry counties, people can pump their own gas between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
In other developed countries, they are moving away from vehicles that cause pollution at a much faster rate than the United States.
Victor Alvarado, a gas attendant said, "If you have the customers do it you're not going to have a job". We'll take all the jobs we can get. True, you do have to enter some information on the pump if you're paying outside and probably swipe your card, but do you know how to use your phone? Some stations have already promised that they have no intentions of getting rid of attendants any time soon.
Disability Rights Oregon, however, raised concerns that the law would have unintended consequences for people with disabilities in rural counties.
Although the law change is in place, it doesn't require gas stations to switch to self-service.
Darlene Forseth, manager at Main Station Express in Prineville, and Justin Bidiman, owner of the Metolius Market in Metolius, said they'll continue relying on attendants because their stations are not equipped for self-service.
People across the USA are getting in on the fun, too.