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.
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.