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Re: Oregon's New Gas Law
« Reply #100 on: June 14, 2018, 11:45:11 AM »

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.  If you don't like getting your gas tank filled by the attendant, feel free not to visit Oregon.  They fill a lot of gas tanks and their record is no worse than letting John Q. fill it up for himself.
My only showstopper was when I asked the guy at full service station to get me $20 worth of gas. It was: ugh, what????  OK, man, 6 gallons (or whatever it was worth back then)
Took him a while to digest as well, though... I assume most people wanted full tank?

I think people that don't live in Oregon or New Jersey can't grasp that there's real, regular people in those states, and read way too much into others reactions.  I see even amounts all the time on the display when I pull up, which often indicates the person before me requested a specific amount.  While I get mine filled, my wife and others say they wanted $10/$20 or whatever.  Never once have I seen an attendant give any sort of reaction to it. 

People in those two states get gas for lawnmowers and outdoor equipment, which means the attendant has to stand there and pump the gallon or $3 or whatever into the little red can.  Again, never seen one that gets all irritated about it...they do it many times a day.

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Re: Oregon's New Gas Law
« Reply #101 on: June 14, 2018, 01:23:21 PM »

Kalvado didn't say whether this was in Oregon or New Jersey.  Oregon has fuel deserts, so it makes more sense to fill to shutoff unless there is certainty that the car will be driven only in areas where gas stations are easy to find.
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Re: Oregon's New Gas Law
« Reply #102 on: June 14, 2018, 01:26:04 PM »

Kalvado didn't say whether this was in Oregon or New Jersey.  Oregon has fuel deserts, so it makes more sense to fill to shutoff unless there is certainty that the car will be driven only in areas where gas stations are easy to find.
NY. There are some rare spots with full service - and that was an even more rare one: full service with discount.
Gradually degraded (upgraded?) to self-service within a few months as people are not used to full service over here.
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Re: Oregon's New Gas Law
« Reply #103 on: July 02, 2018, 10:23:21 AM »

A few years ago I waited behind one person at the gas pump at Crater Lake National Park.  When they were done, I pulled forward and started using the gas pump, like the motorist in front of me.  Then I realized, "Hey, I'm in Oregon, and I'm pumping my own gas!"  Maybe the federal rules supersede the state ones in a National Park.

Another time, just south of Portland I pulled up to a pump at a convenience store, and waited for the cashier to come out.  He asked if I wanted him to dispense gas, and I almost told him, "I think you have to."  Maybe he saw my Washington plates and hoped I would just pump it myself.
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Re: Oregon's New Gas Law
« Reply #104 on: August 23, 2018, 11:11:43 AM »

Took the trip last week.  In the western counties, I found it best to pay cash, but it actually worked better than I thought it would.  The attendants were friendly (at least at Safeway and Fred Meyer where I got fuel - they're 30-60 cents cheaper than the so-called "name-brand" stations) and the process was painless.

I then got fuel in Ontario, Oregon (Malheur County).  There was an attendant at the truck stop there; however, he was helping Oregonians from the west who were uncomfortable pumping their own fuel while letting locals and out-of-staters (like me) pump their own.  Malheur County is one of those allowed to have self-service 24/7.
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Re: Oregon's New Gas Law
« Reply #105 on: October 01, 2018, 12:11:09 AM »

A few years ago I waited behind one person at the gas pump at Crater Lake National Park.  When they were done, I pulled forward and started using the gas pump, like the motorist in front of me.  Then I realized, "Hey, I'm in Oregon, and I'm pumping my own gas!"  Maybe the federal rules supersede the state ones in a National Park.

You have also been able to pump your own gas at gas stations located on Indian reservations (subject to Tribal law).  I know many people who stop at the Wildhorse Casino on I-84 or the Seven Feathers Casino on I-5 to pump their own gas...
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Re: Oregon's New Gas Law
« Reply #106 on: October 01, 2018, 02:31:43 PM »

My only showstopper was when I asked the guy at full service station to get me $20 worth of gas. It was: ugh, what????  OK, man, 6 gallons (or whatever it was worth back then)
Took him a while to digest as well, though... I assume most people wanted full tank?

In Mexico (no self-service there), a lot of pumps allow the pump jockey to enter either a total number of pesos or a total number of liters by keypad, and then the pump automatically shuts off once it reaches that limit.  No need to babysit the pump.
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Re: Oregon's New Gas Law
« Reply #107 on: October 02, 2018, 05:21:55 PM »

When I've driven in Eastern Oregon, nearly every place I've been to still does not allow self serve. The Pilot in Stanfield and the Safeway Gas in Pendleton I've been to after the law allowed it 24/7, and the Shell in Burns and Pilot in Ontario I've been when self serve was allowed 6 PM to 6 AM. All those either stopped me when I tried to pump my own, or came to my car before I could have had the chance. The one place I know that does allow self serve (besides Indian reservations) is the Love's in Boardman (though I've only been there after 6 PM, I assume they would have expanded it to 24/7 by now). I don't remember about the Love's in Ontario or the Pilot in Biggs (I know I've been to those, but don't remember details). Kind of annoying, especially since some of those places can get really busy on holiday weekends and you just have to wait there and cause worse traffic.

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Re: Oregon's New Gas Law
« Reply #108 on: October 06, 2018, 12:04:23 PM »

My only showstopper was when I asked the guy at full service station to get me $20 worth of gas. It was: ugh, what????  OK, man, 6 gallons (or whatever it was worth back then)
Took him a while to digest as well, though... I assume most people wanted full tank?

In Mexico (no self-service there), a lot of pumps allow the pump jockey to enter either a total number of pesos or a total number of liters by keypad, and then the pump automatically shuts off once it reaches that limit.  No need to babysit the pump.

Exxon stations around here used to have a feature like that, including at self-serve pumps—there were some preprogrammed dollar amounts and you either pushed the button next to one of those or you pushed the "FULL" button to tell it you wanted a full tank. I almost never buy Exxon these days because they tend to be more expensive than most other brands of gas, and also because there is no Exxon station that's particularly convenient to my house (whereas in the 1990s a now-demolished Exxon on Route 236 was the easiest station for me to access), so I can't confirm for sure those pumps are all gone, but I haven't seen one in many years. My impression was that most people didn't use the dollar-amount feature and just opted to fill the tank. I suppose gas also costs a lot more now than it did when I used Exxon more frequently back in the 1990s, such that having a button to cut it off at $10.00 would be kind of pointless because you'd only get just over three gallons of fuel.
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