If you think this is funny, realize that this is what statism produces

in funny •  9 months ago

It's easier to list the US states I haven't driven through; Alaska, Hawaii and Maine. I knew that New Jersey had a law against pumping your own gas because I lived in NY for over 4 decades, but the first time I drove through Oregon on my way up to Seattle, I had someone screaming at me because I got out to pump my own gas.

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Well, apparently this law is no longer in effect if your county (in Oregon) has fewer than 40,000 residents. So they want to make this complicated for outsiders huh? Am I supposed to get out a map and figure out how many residents there are when crossing county lines? What if I guess wrong? I could be waiting for a while wondering why nobody came out to pump gas for me. Oh hell, I'll just do it myself... no wait, that's illegal!

The reactions to this law went viral and caused a series of tweets. Here's a couple of the more pathetic comments:

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My favorite rebuttal:

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Oregon was actually one of the best areas I've traveled through, and I've had extended stays there last almost 2 months while running my business in Nevada. But statism produces dependence. This mindset is poisonous to survival should the state ever collapse and then you will not know what to do.

One of my favorite events is the Oregon Country Fair...

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(July 2008)

So while it might seem like I'm making fun of Oregonians, realize it's because I don't recognize the legitimacy of borders.

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I live in Portland and I personally think it is the dumbest law ever. I would much rather pump my own gas instead of waiting around for the slackjawed chowerhead to pump it for me. I don't understand why they just don't have self and full serve like any other civilized state.

How crazy is that? Did I understand it right? You are not allowed to pump your gas at the gas station?

Probably one of the strangest laws I have heard of. . Hopefully they can handle gas pumping with the law being no longer in effect. :) The reactions are classic!

You are serious? In the Netherlands there are almost none gas stations with an employee. You have to pump your own gas and go inside to pay or you put yot bank card in the machine before. There are gas station with no employee whatsoever.

I toured through there around 2010 and thought it was strange they sell 100 octane out of barrels at most their stations (along the coast anyway). After 1 tank of gas through Oregon, I had to take the carburetor apart. It had a fine, black, sandy type substance caked all through it. Only time that’s ever happened. get the 100 next time - noted

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