Oregon now lets people pump their own gas — and some Oregonians are freaking out

  • A new law permits Oregon residents to pump their own gas.
  • But not at all residents took the news well, with some voicing their displeasure on social media.

For decades, Oregon and New Jersey were the only two states where people didn’t have to pump their own gas.

But a new law signed last year by Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon that took effect on Monday requires people to self-serve at the pumps.

The adjustment has some Oregonians freaking out.

A Facebook post about the law on Friday from KTVL – a CBS station in Medford, Oregon – alerted locals, a handful of whom quickly announced their displeasure with the change.

As the internet is wont to do, many more people jumped on the Facebook dogpile to make fun of the Oregonians expressing resentment with the new law.

More than 65 years ago, Oregon put a law on the books forbidding residents from filling up their own tanks. New Jersey is the only other state to have such a law, enacted in 1949. Both had seen heavy lobbying from service-station owners.

Supporters of the ban argue that it creates jobs and increases safety. Meanwhile, critics – especially those from the 48 states where fill-ups are self-serviced – say that pumping gas is perfectly safe, doesn’t waste time, and doesn’t make gas any cheaper.