Meanwhile, the rest of the country already pumps its own gas.
It may seem odd to the rest of the country, but it is actually against the law to pump your own gas in two states. Well, it was until recently as one of the two just made the bold move into the 21st century by getting rid of this law. While New Jersey will continue forcing people to let someone else pump their gas, Oregon will finally let people pump gas themselves. As of January 1, 2018, a new Oregon law will allow people to pump their own gas. But the people of Oregon aren't exactly excited about it.
We got a laugh by reading all of the Twitter comments by panicking Oregon citizens who have never pumped their own gas before. Some claim that they've never learned how to pump gas, which the rest of the country can hardly believe. Even if Oregon never allowed them to pump gas, we find it hard to believe that so many people have never traveled to surrounding states such as California or Washington and had to pump gas. The law will specifically allow Oregon counties with 40,000 residents or less to get rid of mandatory full-service stations. This means that some built-up counties will still have self-service stations and the state isn't forcing any stations to get rid of full-service.
If you are one of the people who lives in Oregon, we can tell you from experience that pumping gas is not such a big deal. So don't panic. Almost everyone in the US, except for those in New Jersey, pump their own gas, even in cold weather. It's better because you can control exactly how much gas you want to put in and you don't have to tip a gas station attendant on every visit. Now when Oregonians need to fill up their Subaru Outbacks (the best selling car in the state), they will finally learn than self-pumping is clearly better.