Pumping your own gas has come to Oregon – sort of. The change in the law was meant to help people in rural counties who may need access to gas at hours when their closest gas station does not have an attendant on duty.
In counties (yes, counties) with less than 40,000 residents, gas stations are now permitted to offer self-service. While panic has taken hold on social media and the mockery has begun, the change actually won’t be noticed by most of the population.
Some of these areas have already had self-service options between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. for a few years based on a prior law change. Others have no intention of offering self-service because it would require a change in gas pumps to allow for people to pay at the pump.
If you haven’t seen any of the online panic, you can read some of the responses here from NPR and here from Forbes. You can also read The Hapless Oregonian’s 10-Step Guide to Pumping Gas and a compilation of the rude things people have said about Oregon regarding this issue.