Socialism is as socialism does. You may not be aware of this, but there are two states in the union who STILL don’t allow citizens to pump their own gas: Oregon and New Jersey.
In fact you can be fined and/or jailed for doing so.
And if that’s not downright Soviet enough, Oregon finally decided that they’d put a little bit of freedom into citizens hands and let counties with high population refuel on their own.
The reaction from Oregonians?
They’re up in arms.
Yes, it’s just too much to ask that they be expected to get out of their cars and pump the gas.
What’s that proverb about the frog in the pot?
Here’s more from Daily Caller…
People are raising Cain on social media about a law in Oregon making it legal for citizens to pump their own gas.
A law passed through Oregon’s legislature in May and signed into law in June will allow counties with 40,000 residents or fewer to pump their own gas. Oregonians are not pleased about the change.
The law, which will take effect Jan. 1, has created a minor firestorm in rural parts of Oregon, where full-service gas stations have been the norm since 1951. A local CBS affiliate in Medford, Ore., asked its viewers on Facebook about the new law – the responses have ranged from anger to confusion.
“I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian…..I say NO THANKS! I don’t want to smell like gasoline!” one woman wrote in a comment on a survey the new station posted Dec. 29. The poll elicited more than a thousand responses.
Another shared her opinion, with several commenters suggesting full-service gas stations are safer than those permitting residents to feel the exhilaration of filling their own tanks.
“It is safer for people, if a station attendant does the service. The only advantage of pumping the gas yourself, would be paying a few cents less a gallon. Getting older, and being disabled, I’d rather have the help!” another person wrote, noting there are times when attendants are welcomed.