Oregon House Bill 2482 passed last May, but did not go into effect until January 1st and many Oregonians were unaware of the new law until it went into effect at the turn of the new year. The new law now allows Oregon drivers in counties with less than 40,000 people to pump their own fuel at gas stations. When Oregon drivers learned that they would now have to pump their own gas, many took to online forums and comment sections to voice their displeasure, fear, and general disdain for their newfound burden. Medford, Oregon-based television station KTVL took to social media to ask for drivers’ responses to the new law – after which the comments quickly went viral, naturally. Now, drivers all over the nation are having a laugh at the expense of these panicked Oregonians.
One commenter named Mike Peronne told KTVL that despite the new law, he’s not going anywhere near a gas pump:
I’ve lived in this state my whole life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas. I had to do it once in California while visiting my brother and almost died doing it. This is a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the gas pump and wait until someone pumps my own gas. I can’t even.
Another commenter, Tina Good, wrote that she’s worried about potential olfactory side effects of having to, you know, be an adult:
Not a good idea, there are lots of reason [sic] to have an attendant helping, one is they need a job too. Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing it correctly. Besides I don’t want to go to work smelling of gas when I get it on my hands or clothes. I agree Very bad idea.
In the wake of these panicked comments, many social media users have taken to trolling or otherwise making fun of Oregonians who are afraid of or unfamiliar with pumping their own gas. Do these Oregon drivers have a point, or are they making a big deal over a daily task most of us have to deal with?