Running on empty: Residents in Dem-run Oregon given tutorial on how to pump their own gas

Oregon is one of only two U.S. states that prohibit pumping your own gas at a service station. Thus, a Portland-based news outlet has concluded that state residents needed a tutorial as a result of temporary expediency.

Owing to a statewide heat wave in Oregon during which temperatures reached 100 degrees, the Fire Marshall said it was okay for motorists to fill up their tanks on their own at retail gas stations, but — as alluded to above — only through July 30 at 11: 59 p.m. local time.

Anyone who has had the fortune or misfortune of traveling on the Garden State Parkway or the New Jersey Turnpike knows the other, full-service-mandatory state.

Officials in Oregon also suspended the ban on self-serve in late June for the same reason.

This prompted the liberal Oregonian to create the one-minute how-to video embedded below.

Sage advice, for those who are accustomed to relying on pump attendants, includes selecting the proper octane grade for a vehicle, unscrewing the cap, inserting the nozzle all the way in, pulling and holding the trigger until the pump shuts off, along with a reminder not to drive off without putting the cap back on.


The footage also demonstrates the credit card swipe technique, but without the captioning that accompanied the above recommendations. The brief video also frowns upon topping off your tank.

As a side note, way back in the day, attendants would also check the oil in your car and wash your windows, rather than just pumping gas, the latter which is perhaps the contemporary fluid, as it were, version of full service. It seems the only place you see that is in vintage films that air on the Turner Classic Movies channel or on other, similar platforms.

While both blue states require full service at the pump, Oregon modified its law about three years ago to allow customers to pump their own gas in some rural areas. The exception applies to counties with 40,000 or fewer residents.

In higher population areas, full-service, attendant-provided gas fill-ups is still the law, which seems counter-intuitive, but again, this is a state run by Democrats.

Social media users are suggesting that the offered guidance is metaphorically running on empty. Here is a sampling from Twitter:


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