When you drive into a gas station in Oregon, you can get your gas tank filled without ever leaving the car. In fact, you never even touch the gas cap, pump handle, or gas pump. An attendant does all that for you.
Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states that require attendants to pump the gas. New Jersey banned self-service gasoline in 1949. Safety and job creation were two of the reasons for passing this law.
Oregon banned self-service gasoline in 1951 and listed 17 reasons, including the flammability of gas, the risk of crime from customers leaving their car, the toxic fumes emitted by gasoline, and the jobs created by requiring mini service.
In 1982 Oregon voters rejected a ballot measure which would have legalized self-service gas. In both states it is legal for customers to pump their own diesel In Oregon, "certain nonretail" customers may also pump their own fuel, such as at a Commercial Fueling Network (CFN) station.
Non-residents may find it strange not to be able to pump their own gas, but it didn't take me long to get used to it. Now I find it strange whenever I drive outside of Oregon, pull into a filling station, and realize that I have to get out and fill the gas tank myself. It's one more reason for me to say "Only in Oregon" (and New Jersey).
Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest. He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.
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