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The Washington Post has a story about a place where the concept of pumping one’s own gas - taken for granted in most of the country - has angered and “perturbed” some folks concerned “by the possibility of having to pump their own gas in the cold,” and are expressing their outrage via social media.

Oregon. Specifically, counties there “with a population of less than 40,000,” 15 of which now will allow people to pump their own gas 24 hours a day, and three where they can do it from 6 pm to 6 am.

Until now, Oregon and New Jersey have been the only two states in the US where self-service gas pumps have been illegal.
KC's View:
This actually is pretty funny. I spend my summers in Oregon, and it actually has taken me some time to get used to the idea that I can’t pump my own gas. I’m amused by the fact that some folks see this as being an infringement on their right to be waited upon … because, to be honest, waiting for most of these folks to pump gas just slows things down.

The Post notes that Oregon has “become a virtual laughingstock among social media users who seemed to have visualized an entire state filled with hapless drivers.
‘FEAR NOT OREGON!!! I’ve decided to move to Oregon to open a school to teach people how to pump their gas. Short-term business you say?’ a man wrote and then listed a list of menial tasks he wants to teach people do. His Facebook comment has been liked 61,000 times.”

Pretty funny.