Pump It Real Good

Remember when you got your first car and your Mum had to teach you how to pump gas? No? Okay, maybe that was just a me thing. Laugh at me all you want, but not too far away there’s an entire state feeling the panic as they now must learn to deal with self service gas stations. A new law recently took effect in Oregon that allows residents in rural counties to pump their own gas.

Funny enough, the panic isn’t just coming from newbie drivers, it’s full grown adult’s who are seemingly incapable of pumping their own gas as well. People are flying off the handle over the fact that they now have to deal with getting out in the wind, the rain and the snow to fill their cars up and because of this, the complaints have been rampant. Is this a thing that could bring America to it’s knees? Seems like it since in response to the new law, many people took to Twitter to post things like,

“I’ve lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas . . . This [is] a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas.”

An agreed statement for many down in the good ol’USA, can I just point out the thing that I find most funny? It’s the fact that they mentioned one must be ‘qualified’, to pump gas. Like, do you need to take courses on how to use a self service station? Go to school for it? Well, if that’s the case then it’s understandable why people would be so angry… School in the United States is so expensive. The idea of a state collectively freaking out over the idea of a self serve gas station has left a good portion of the world laughing, even to the point of creating the ridiculousness of it all into a viral meme.

Personally, my first and only experience with a full service gas station as an adult with a car wasn’t a good one. Disagree with me if you want, but when a complete stranger walks up to your car at a dark and empty gas station and proceeds to tap on your window, I think you have every right to scream. I guess in that aspect, I’m on the completely opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to most Oregonians.


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