Skip to comments.Entitlement Kicks in Over Oregon Self-Service Gas Pumps
Posted on 01/08/2018 1:24:03 PM PST by Liberty7732
Most Americans were probably drop-jawed to learn there was a state in the union where government overseers prohibited the people from pumping their own gas. The ultra-progressive and ever-controlling Oregon Legislature had banned this otherwise normal behavior for more than 50 years, ostensibly to provide some form of protection for its residents.
This is the practical reality of the general principle that government coddling creates entitlement, pampered residents with fewer freedoms, and reduced abilities to live independently. Oregon has been telling its residents for generations they are incapable of pumping their own gas, and now there are generations of Oregonians who are terrified at the prospect of doing what more than 300 million other Americans do without a thought.
The first thing that comes to mind are the scenes from the animated Pixar movie Wall-E, where the remainder of earths population cruise the galaxy on the spaceship Axiom. The passengers are so dependent on the automated ship that they have become obese, too feeble to walk and incapable of caring for themselves. They definitely would not have been able to pump their own gas.
But now the Oregon Legislature moved partially into the 1980s when it recently passed a law allowing rural gas stations to let people pump their own gas. Portlandians are still safe from the ordeal; government continues to protect them from gas pump handles. But others in the supposed rugged rural areas are outraged at the change (because outrage comes easily these days.)
Take a look at some of these Facebook comments from Oregonians in response to the legislature catching up to 1980 America:
I dont even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian I say NO THANKS! I dont like to smell like gasoline! one woman commented.
No! Disabled, seniors, people with young children in the car need help, another woman wrote. Not to mention getting out of your car with transients around and not feeling safe too. This is a very bad idea. Grr.
Ive lived in this state my whole 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.
This is really a thing in Oregon. Most of the rest of the country may laugh and mock them (except big-government nanny state New Jersey, the only remaining state with such a law) but people long relying on government-forced service dont like losing that service. They believe they have an entitlement.
I think that we are getting tarnished in social media, Lizzy Acker, a reporter for The Oregonian, told NPR. Well, yes. Theres sort of a reason for that. But Acker is confident in Oregonians ability to actually pump their own gas. And I think most Oregonians are self-sufficient enough to figure out how to pump their own gas.
Just read that statement. There may not be a better example of how progressivism breeds dependency on government more and more power for government over weaker and weaker people. Not surprisingly to people who understand how capitalism works Oregon is one of the most expensive states in the union for a gallon of gas.
Oregons 56-year gas-pumping law is a cautionary example of how more government regulation and control immediately limits freedoms and breeds dependence and entitlement.
Perhaps one day, all Americans will be free to pump their own gas. But only if they choose leaders with a vision for freedom over governmental dominion.
[Most Americans were probably drop-jawed to learn there was a state in the union where government overseers prohibited the people from pumping their own gas.]
In New Jersey is still prohibited from self service.
This does not even affect city dwellers. Just counties with 44000 or fewer
Yeah...it’s om the story
Perhaps Associate Bob can help them. He’s from San Angeles.
Bob, Bob, Bob. Let’s talk about the hair.
In New Jersey is still prohibited from self service.
gives jihadi’s a job
I was shocked to hear that OR had that in place. I was there 25 years ago with my relatives and don’t recall that being that way.
I used to live in Seattle and had relatives in Oregon. It was a major annoyance to be forced to wait for them to pump my gas.
I coined the phrase, back around 1990, that I prefer self serve because the service is faster.
An 8TH GRADER can do this.
I know...my dad taught me when I was young.
Next, legislators will require wearing respirators when pumping gas, to protect the pumpers from hazardous fumes.
And in the future, why not require all drivers and passengers to wear helmets?
In High School I had a good friend who’s Father was Minority Leader in the Oregon House.
Apparently there was an arrogant lobbyist for the ‘Oil Companies’ who was trying to pass a law to allow self serve (saving the gas stations money, many were owned by ‘Oil Companies.’).
As the vote was going on this lobbyist got a smirk on his face when it looked like the law was going to pass.
Both parties looked up at this despicable man and, due to his arrogance, voted in a bipartisan way to defeat the law.
NJ government brags about “creating” 10,000 jobs with this law.
Certainly Oregonians should be allowed to pump their own gas, but not without a government permit involving mandatory training classes, proficiency testing, and a pit crew standing by with fire extinguishers ready. Also the high-capacity nozzles currently legal will have to be replaced with ones restricted to a quart a minute. All of these will, naturally, cost a good deal of money, but a substantial tax hike should cover that.
There may be more to this though. After so many drove off with the nozzle still in the tank spilling gas all over the place, most or all the states that allow self serve have required updated systems that have break away hoses. There may be other modifications necessary for safe self service. Oregon likely has very outdated gas pump systems and would need to upgrade.
I always thought the Oregon law was to preserve jobs, not for safety.
Oh yeah, libs think everyone needs to be “qualified” (guns, anyone?), that every task is difficult (thus worth $$$$$$ in labor vs. intellectual professionals), and every task needs licensing.
This statement fits in perfectly. “I am not licensed to pull out a pump” so cannot possibly understand how to do it!
That said, I really do miss the full-service stations. At least in the days when people valued their jobs and respected bosses and customers.
[An 8TH GRADER can do this.]
Exactly! As a NJ resident, one of my favorite parts of travelling out of state as a kid was my parents would let me pump the gas whenever we would stop. It was awesome. I felt like such a grown up!
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