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Old 01-03-18, 02:47 PM
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Full Service Gas Stations

I saw this article and it made me remember that growing up in California over the last 30+ years I don't think I've ever been to a full service gas station where an attendant pumps your gas for you and that I encountered it once or twice somewhere on the East Coast with a friend awhile back, and thought it was weird at the time.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news...ob-fb-enus-280

People in Oregon Are Freaking Out About the Thought of Pumping Their Own Gas Under a New Law

The new year is but two days old, and already we've got a nasty online debate on our hands. But don't worry, this isn't about politics. No, follow along to the Pacific Northwest, where the fine people of Oregon are having themselves an internet freak-out for the ages over the prospect of having to pump their own gas. The horror.

Up until January 1, 2018, Oregon was one of two states—the other being good old New Jersey—that required every filling station be staffed by attendants who pump your gas for you. But last spring, the state legislature passed a law allowing gas stations in rural counties with less than 40,000 residents to abandon the full-service model and let customers man the pumps themselves. The new law went into effect on Monday.

We should stop here to point out a key word above: Allowing. Station owners are under no obligation to ditch their attendants, nor are they required to let drivers pump their own gas. It's just an option. The full-service gas station seems to be a surprisingly strong part of the Oregonian identity, and the Associated Press could only find a "handful" of stations who were planning on making the switch to self-serve.

I know there are some Oregon folks here as well as NJ, are you guys used to having an attendant? Is it weird pumping your own gas if you've gone out of state?
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Old 01-03-18, 02:58 PM
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Station owners are under no obligation to ditch their attendants, nor are they required to let drivers pump their own gas. It's just an option
It's an option that they will overwhelmingly go forward with in full-force. Less people on the payroll = more $$.

Up in Canada, most stations are self-serve, but there are still a handful that have full-serve as an option. I always kind of hated full-serve. I don't mind getting out of my car to pump gas, even when it's -30C.
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I drive in Oregon a couple times a year and have to remind myself not to get out of the car.

I think it was in Jersey that they pumped my gas a couple years ago.
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Old 01-03-18, 03:15 PM
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Only place I've had someone pump gas for me in my driving career was in Oregon. It's a little awkward as I'm never sure if I should tip the guy.

As a child, I remember my parents using full service where the pumper dude would clean windows and check your oil in addition to his hose duties.
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I have never seen a full service gas station in Tennessee. I remember one time when my family was on vacation in South Carolina we stopped at one, but my dad waived the attendant off and pumped his own gas. I was probably six at the time, so it was about 28 years ago....
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I was in Jersey once, and I didn't know about the gas pumping thing and I got out of my car to find myself face to face with the attendant, lol. Other than that, the last time I encountered an attendant was when I was driving back from Toronto in about 2002 and stopped at a station in rural Ontario.
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This is an issue because of nighttime driving. Most everywhere, you can now fill up 24/7, but not so in Oregon, because when the small town station closes, the pumps close too.
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Last time I went to one was the gas station at the end of the 17 mile drive in Monterey. I think they charged like $4.25 a gallon.
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One cool thing about full service stations was buying cigarettes. Just pull in, roll down the window, "Pack of Marlboro", and they brought it to you.
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I live in Oregon, and I love having full service be the norm. Wish they'd had that when I lived in Alaska (or even Idaho--I worked there a couple years ago, and there was snow on the ground all 13 weeks of my contract). Because they're all full service, they don't seem that expensive. I've seen full service in other states where the price was jacked up by nearly a dollar a gallon. Obviously, it's raised some here, though what's a tax and what's to pay for labor can be hard to tell. I just checked, and the west coast, HI and AK have the highest priced gas in the country. Of that group, Oregon's average price is cheapest.
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I hate full service gas stations. In NJ, the full service clowns are as slow as molasses. It's such a pain to deal with when you are used to pumping your own gas and getting it done quickly.
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Only been to one full service place and that was in Washington D.C. Didn't even realize it was full service when I pulled in and it was awkward because I'd rather just pump it my self. I think it was the only around the area like that.
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One cool thing about full service stations was buying cigarettes. Just pull in, roll down the window, "Pack of Marlboro", and they brought it to you.
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I hate full service gas stations. In NJ, the full service clowns are as slow as molasses. It's such a pain to deal with when you are used to pumping your own gas and getting it done quickly.
At least in Oregon, the most efficient stations are at Costco. It seems pretty fast to me (almost as fast as pumping your own, though obviously not quite. They are hustling, though, and they have enough attendants.
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I guess it's a good way to keep parolees employed.
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At least in Oregon, the most efficient stations are at Costco. It seems pretty fast to me (almost as fast as pumping your own, though obviously not quite. They are hustling, though, and they have enough attendants.
Costco gas stations around here are so packed with long lines, i can't imagine them being full service too!
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I've been to Oregon twice and it's so fucking weird. I'm not a simpleton, let me pump my own fucking gas.
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I hate full service gas stations. In NJ, the full service clowns are as slow as molasses. It's such a pain to deal with when you are used to pumping your own gas and getting it done quickly.
Heh, I was in New Jersey for the first time about a year and a half ago. I had no idea about their law regarding this so I just got out of my car at the gas station and started pumping. My tank was more than half filled before some slow ass attendant finally came running up to me, huffing and puffing, and took over. I don't think he did a better job than I could do myself, it's not rocket science. My god, I might have made a mistake and killed someone!
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Maybe they are worried that this will happen in real life?
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In Oregon, on Tribal Land, you can pump your own gas. Whenever I drive to the beach I delight in stopping at the Spirit Mountain Casino to fill up. I don't mind full service, but I would be just fine if it went away, until the novelty of pumping gas wore off, at which point I'd be like 'meh'.
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I saw this article and it made me remember that growing up in California over the last 30+ years I don't think I've ever been to a full service gas station where an attendant pumps your gas for you and that I encountered it once or twice somewhere on the East Coast with a friend awhile back, and thought it was weird at the time.
They were still common or at least optional at gas stations in the SF bay area until the late 80's.
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Costco gas stations around here are so packed with long lines, i can't imagine them being full service too!
It is because fuckasses only go to pumps on side where the gas cap is. The hoses are long enough to reach around the vehicle. Use both people!
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I wish NJ would stop it.
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I wish NJ would stop it.
Does the NJ full service just pump gas, or is it like the old days when the dude checked the oil and fluids and washed the windows?
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I always kind of hated full-serve. I don't mind getting out of my car to pump gas, even when it's -30C.
Same here. One of the things I hate (this rant might belong in the Pet Peeves thread) is that the "hold-open levers" have been removed from most nozzles at most self-serve stations. You know, in the old days the attendant would click it into place and proceed to clean the windows and check the oil. Sometimes I would like to clean the windows, but I want to do it while filling, not before or after. I think the companies do it on purpose to avoid, as much as possible, paying for the washer fluid in the squeegee buckets.
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