The Facebook comments are flat-out amazing
Until recently, Oregon had a law that gas must be pumped y an attendant. When 2018 began, that law was off the books, and suddenly an entire state full of people was forced to step outside their vehicles and fill their own tanks.
And they are none too pleased with this new development.
For decades, Oregonians have had attendants pump their gas for them, but this week, that all changed when House bill 4282 went into effect, allowing counties with fewer than 40,000 residents to have self-service pumps.
KTVL News polled readers about the development on their Facebook page, and the response has been overwhelming.
37,000 people liked the post and 63,000 people have shared it, but the real story is the 55,000 comments underneath it, in which hundreds of people exclaimed their reasons for opposing the change in policy, often in the most tone-deaf, lazy, and ignorant language. In other words, typical Facebook stuff!
Among the most prominent comments is this one, in which a young woman extols the virtues of distracting “transients” by paying them to stand outside her car for two minutes.
“I’m in Colorado where we are forced to pump our own gas. Because I’m worried about my children being left in the car while I stand outside of it in my skirt, I just pay the transients to pump it for me. This way we’re all safe and the transients are distracted from bothering those who are pumping their own gas.”
Another commenter betrayed her own ignorance of the difficulty of using a gas pump when commenting that many people are not capable of knowing how to pump their own gas. Not that they’re not capable of actually doing the pumping, that they are not capable of KNOWING HOW to do the pumping.
“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!”
The “pump your own gas” controversy has gotten so huge that mere Facebook posts mocking the situation are going viral.
That post also has 37,000 likes! And more than 280,000 shares! And some people have had enough.
“Honestly, if you own a car and can’t pump your own gas, you should have your license revoked and your car impounded. #SorryNotSorry”
People need to chill, and not just because pumping your own gas is easy AF! Not everyone in Oregon is going to have to do it, there will still be plenty of stations that keep their attendants. So calm down, people. You’re even making Texas look good!
“Being Texan, it’s nice to get to laugh at another state for something incredibly backwards for once ???????????? Thanks, Oregon.”