New Jersey is now a gas anomaly.
As of Jan. 1, when a law in Oregon went into effect allowing motorists in counties with fewer than 40,000 people to pump their own gas, New Jersey remains the only state to mandate that fuel be pumped by gas station attendants.
Though many feel the New Jersey law — which dates back to 1949 — is outdated and fuel-ish, we bet residents are tank-ful for it on frigid days like Friday, when the high temperature was only expected to reach 17 degrees in South Jersey.
When Oregon television station WKTVL posted on Facebook about the change in the fuel-pump law and asked its viewers to weigh in, some of the 55,000 comments went viral.
One commenter wrote that she didn’t want to get out of her car “with transients around.” Another said: “Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing it correctly.”
The internet was not so kind to these commenters.
“You do realize that almost every other adult, and teenager, in the western world does this right?….right?” wrote one man.
“Don’t know about you, but I don’t stop at a gas station unless I’m certain at least a couple of murders were committed there,” said another.
On Twitter, several Oregonians also expressed their gas pains.
— Simona (@SimonaP_11) January 5, 2018
Pumping your own gas is for peasants
— Phil Ken Sebben �� (@SebbenEleven) January 4, 2018
Others who have experienced both sides of the pump tried to assuage fears.
Pumping your own gas is easy. Once you start you'll find those times that you actually have to wait for an attendant annoying. I was scared I'd mess it up and cause explosions and havoc when I moved away. Nothing bad happened.
— IwasIamIwillbe.Me (@IwasIamIwillbMe) January 4, 2018
Moving to Oregon four years ago, I felt uneasy having someone pump my gas. I mean, do you tip? After awhile I let it evolve in a rare moment of luxury, a sort of lapse into a pre-digital world. I'm fine pumping my gas, but I'll miss it too. #pumpinggas
— Robert Reid (@reidontravel) January 4, 2018
And then, there were those who warned Oregonians of the dangers of self service.
Oregonian here, burnt myself completely pumping gas and now I look like Freddy Kreuger. Oregon is turning into a living nightmare I can confirm.
— Justin Lamb (@JLambnow) January 5, 2018
The green handle is DIESEL, not an "eco friendly" or "cannabis-infused" blend of regular gas.
— Austin Mayse (@AustinMayse) January 4, 2018
What do you think? Should the New Jersey legislature pass gas (laws) and join the rest of the United States in allowing self-service pumps, or should the state remain the last bastion for gas pump attendants?