Changes to the self-serve gas law in the US state of Oregon has lead to uproar and, naturally, the internet has been mocking their reactions brilliantly.
Something obvious to one country may be completely foreign to another and it seems filling up your car yourself is one of those things, as a recent law change in Oregon has revealed.
The House Bill 2482, which became law at the end of 2017 and came into fruition in 2018, made it legal for motorists to fill their own car in nearly half of Oregon’s 36 counties. Until now, Oregon and New Jersey were the only two states to have made it illegal.
A CBS affiliate in Medford decided it would be a good idea to ask what its Facebook followers think of the idea of having to put petrol (not gas) into their cars themselves, leading to a mixture of genuine fear, dread, sarcasm and whimsical comments. And, of course, internet gold.
One disgruntled Oregonian, Cathy Dahl, said angrily: “No! Disabled seniors, people with young children in the car need help. Not to mention getting out of your car with transients around and not feeling safe too. This is a very bad idea. Grrr.”
Tina Good, meanwhile, was similarly unimpressed: “Not a good idea, there are lots of reasons to have an attendant helping, one is they need a job too. Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing it correctly. Besides I don’t want to go to work smelling of gas when it I get it on my hands or clothes. I agree very bad idea.”
Sandy Franklin was another angry Oregon inhabitant who wishes the law would be reversed. “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!”
Then there was Mike Perrone, who was really, really angry about the whole situation. “I’ve lived in this state all my life and I refuse to pump my own gas. I had to do it once in California while visiting my brother and almost died doing it. This is a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas. I can’t even.”
As you would expect, the internet soon caught wind of the debacle and has been mocking them ever since. Jim Bryant suggested he was going to move to Oregon to teach residents how pump their fuel, as well as tie their own shoelaces, dress themselves, count past 10 and operate a can opener.
Kyle Allen spoke of the true horror of having to fill up himself: “One time, my dad came to Oregon and pumped his own gas. The street immediately lit on fire and he caused massive recession countrywide because he took away 20 billion jobs by pumping his own gas.
“I was in the back seat when brother was nabbed through the locked door by a transient creeper who raised him to be his human ottoman. My dad then tried wiping his windshield but the stuff he used turned out to be sulfuric acid.
“The car exploded with me in it and I died. My dad lost 3 parenting points because he was 2 feet away fuelling his car when he could have had someone else do this very simple task for him.”
— (/) ( ͡°,,,°) (/) (@Unaz) January 3, 2018
Since KTVL CBS 10 News put up its Facebook post, it has been seen more than 26,000 times and has been shared worldwide.
Someone attempting to pump gas. pic.twitter.com/jkSulb2rkf
— Becca Bush (@MizzBecky_21) January 3, 2018
2018 is going to be a long year, isn’t it?