Never read the comments … or do, when they’re as hilarious as the reaction to a new Oregon law allowing people in some counties to pump their own gasoline.
Oregon lawmakers passed a bill last summer making it possible for people in counties with 40,000 residents or fewer to pump their own gas. People in rural Oregon are accustomed to full-service gas stations, and judging from the comments on a local news outlet’s Facebook post, they aren’t happy about the change.
“I say NO THANKS! I don’t want to smell like gasoline!” a self-described “native Oregonian” wrote in one comment.
“Not a good idea, there are lots of reason to have an attendant helping, one is they need a job too,” another commenter wrote. “Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing it correctly.”
Is Oregon the only state with this rule?
Just Oregon and New Jersey have laws that ban people from pumping their own gas – the rest of the country seems to handle self-service just fine.
The new law giving people the option of pumping their own gas is only effective in 15 of 36 counties in Oregon.
Pat and Jeffy talked about this funny example of what can happen when you roll back government regulations on today’s show.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
JEFFY: I don’t want to get through today without mentioning the horror that’s taking place in Oregon, for some residents in the great state of Oregon. Took effect this week.
JEFFY: That means if you live in a county with less than 40,000 residents, you now pump your own gas.
PAT: Oh, my gosh. How can anyone be expected?
JEFFY: I don’t know how the state could be alive.
PAT: How can anyone be expected to pump their own gas?
JEFFY: It’s horrific. Horrific. I don’t know how they’re going to survive. And apparently —
PAT: What if they’re smoking a cigarette and they drop it down the gas tank while they’re pumping —
JEFFY: There were some people commenting from the news story that said, I don’t even know how to pump gas. I’m 62.
PAT: And they’re serious? I don’t know how to pump gas?
JEFFY: No thanks. I don’t want to smell like gasoline.
PAT: So in Oregon, like New Jersey, they always have an attendant do it?
JEFFY: Yeah. Yeah.
PAT: There’s, what? Two places in the world left like that?
JEFFY: You get pretty used to it though. I just get gas in New Jersey when I was there. You get pretty used to it.
PAT: That used to it, where you don’t even know how to do it?
JEFFY: No. No, no, no.
PAT: Come on now. Suck it up in Oregon. It will be okay. I promise.