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Old 07-06-2013, 02:42 AM   #1
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Default Oregon Scoobs: Not Pumping Your Gas

The wife and I have recently been discussing the pros/cons of a move to either Washington or Oregon and it dawned on me that you can't pump your own gas in that state.

So my question is: How do those of you living there get along with this? I know for me it was tough letting someone touch my car that way the first and every time i was in Oregon and had to gas up. That's my cars special spot and so many things can go wrong.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:51 AM   #2
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I once pumped my own gas in Oregon. Middle'ish of nowhere, didn't even think about it til I was done and leaving and the attendant ran out...

Live in Vancouver, work in Portland. or maybe it's visa-versa?
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:56 AM   #3
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Ya sometimes it's pretty rough letting others pump your gas here. Many of the attendents don't speak very good english and will automatically give you unleaded fuel regardless of what you ask for. I've also had an attendant that spoke almost no english shut my gas door without screwing the cap back on. So when I walked past my car at the station I saw the cap hanging down the side of my car. I was pretty pissed on that one.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:02 AM   #4
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The wife and I have recently been discussing the pros/cons of a move to either Washington or Oregon and it dawned on me that you can't pump your own gas in that state.

So my question is: How do those of you living there get along with this? I know for me it was tough letting someone touch my car that way the first and every time i was in Oregon and had to gas up. That's my cars special spot and so many things can go wrong.
I've lived in Oregon almost my whole life and haven't had any issues with it. Just make sure they push the right button on the pump is all. Every time.
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:14 AM   #5
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I went down to Coos Bay from Seattle this holiday. I go down regularly. I make sure to top off in Vancouver to make sure I barely have to fill up in Oregon...maybe once, twice tops. It's pretty obvious at this point that it's the only way illegals and felons can get a job doing something easier than a fast food high schooler.

Outside of the gas issue...Oregon has an income tax and no sales tax...Washington has a sales tax and no income tax. Live in Washington, buy your stuff in Oregon. Problem solved on both fronts.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:54 AM   #6
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I live in Washington and just had an issue in Hood River, OR. I was pumping my own gas when an attendant came out to do it for me. Watched him select premium and then ran in to get a bottle of water for the little one. Started driving away and realized my car was being kind of funny. Get to our destination to find out the cap wasn't screwed on....at all.... and the cord that holds my gas cap was cut in half. It literally just fell to the ground when I opened it up. I ended up with 15 hours of community service that I had to drive back down to Oregon for, since as yo could imagine I wasn't too thrilled about what happened.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:05 PM   #7
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Ya sometimes it's pretty rough letting others pump your gas here. Many of the attendents don't speak very good english and will automatically give you unleaded fuel regardless of what you ask for. I've also had an attendant that spoke almost no english shut my gas door without screwing the cap back on. So when I walked past my car at the station I saw the cap hanging down the side of my car. I was pretty pissed on that one.
Legally they can't sell you leaded gas as it was fazed out sometime in the 70's.............


Or is Oregon stuck in some kind of rift in the space-time continuum? It really would explain a lot.........
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #8
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Legally they can't sell you leaded gas as it was fazed out sometime in the 70's.............


Or is Oregon stuck in some kind of rift in the space-time continuum? It really would explain a lot.........
That's why there's so many hippies here. The dream of the 90's 60's is alive here.

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Old 07-06-2013, 12:26 PM   #9
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im super anal about this issue... I get out of my car and hand them my card and let them know its fill premium.

the place I go regularly are ok, and I don't need to get out.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:33 PM   #10
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Legally they can't sell you leaded gas as it was fazed out sometime in the 70's.............


Or is Oregon stuck in some kind of rift in the space-time continuum? It really would explain a lot.........
I think this guy meant to say regular 87 oct gas vs Premium... I always watch and make sure the guy pushes the right button.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:39 PM   #11
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I think above they were talking about regular as low octane...

living in Oregon my whole life i have come to accept that i usually dont pump my own gas...

But here is the kicker... And i bet you most attendants don't even know this.. They only have to HAND you the nozzle. (this is to keep people from filling unapproved containers). Then you can pump your own gas.

Fwiw ... There are no regulations on pumping diesel.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:45 PM   #12
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i have literally never had a problem with gas station workers, living in oregon.
and yes the law states they have to operate the equipment but they can still just press all the buttons and then hand you the nozzle. this is what they do if you have an obviously fancy/expensive car, or a motorcycle, etc
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:21 PM   #13
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I will get out and unscrew my own cap, most the attendants don't care and will drop the cap and let it bounce off the car.

It's rare, but I occasionally get someone that still manages to press the Regular button even with me standing right there.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:44 PM   #14
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I pump my own... because I manage the store and don't trust my own people to do it. Sad.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:22 PM   #15
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:41 PM   #16
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On more than one occasion have attendants put 87 into my car when I asked for premium. Very frustrating, and I'm sure I make every gas attendant a little uneasy when I give them the eagle eye when they are selecting fuel grade. One of the more retarded things about this state.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:01 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the feedback guys! Good to know since I classify my car as fancy/exotic lol
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:10 PM   #18
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Legally they can't sell you leaded gas as it was fazed out sometime in the 70's.............
False. They sell 100 and 110 Leaded at a Chevron/Sunoco here in Eugene, OR.


OP, the years I've lived here in Oregon I've never had a problem. I just always make it a point to get out of my car and wait to open the gas door until I know they know it's premium that's being used.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #19
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i have literally never had a problem with gas station workers, living in oregon.
and yes the law states they have to operate the equipment but they can still just press all the buttons and then hand you the nozzle. this is what they do if you have an obviously fancy/expensive car, or a motorcycle, etc
http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/480.330

http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/480.349
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:25 PM   #20
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I fill allllllot at the Casino Shell in grand ronde. In and out in 4 minutes. Otherwise... I watch them hit the called for button but that about it. It sucks when the station is full and one attendant is juggling. In fact its one of the most idiotic things i have to participate in. I cannot acclimate.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:20 PM   #21
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Such a non issue. I love it when it's 23 degrees and I'm sitting on heated seats while sipping coffee. 99% of attendants are native speaking high schoolers or old men. Hand them card, make sure they push correct button, get over it.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:07 AM   #22
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Good info. That's good that they allow motorcycles to fill their own tank.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:59 AM   #23
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Lived in Oregon all my life, never had an issue with them giving me the gas I needed at the time or spilling it or anything.

I like not having to pump my gas because then I don't end up breathing as many fumes, and my hands don't get all solventy (if thats really a word)

Personally I can't understand why ANYONE would live in Vancouver WA unless they worked there too... the commute between Oregon and Washington is terrible. And moving there to avoid taxes in my opinion does not work either. If you work in Oregon (no sales tax) and live in Washington, Oregon still will ding you on income tax because you work here. And if you buy a car you have a huge tax bill to pay (in WA, but not OR). If you want to buy anything decently expensive besides a trip to 7-11 or just food, you are likely driving to Oregon. Waste of time, waste of gas. You will get taxed either way you look at it, so thats why I just live in a good neighborhood in Portland where I often don't need to even drive all weekend. (Walkable neighborhoods are big in the inner part of Portland. Pretty much all of the Vancouver are and the burbs of the Portland area you need a car just go get a gallon of milk)
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:07 AM   #24
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Such a non issue. I love it when it's 23 degrees and I'm sitting on heated seats while sipping coffee. 99% of attendants are native speaking high schoolers or old men. Hand them card, make sure they push correct button, get over it.
I'm sure you're pretty PC, because your 99% figure is bull****. Most often than not it's an illegal, or a convicted felon who couldn't get a real job.

Some of us enjoy getting off our butts and doing something ourselves. I don't particularly enjoy having someone else unnecessarily touch my car. You probably sit in the drive thru when there's already 6 cars in line, too.

But hey, different strokes for different folks.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:15 AM   #25
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I'm sure you're pretty PC, because your 99% figure is bull****. Most often than not it's an illegal, or a convicted felon who couldn't get a real job.

Some of us enjoy getting off our butts and doing something ourselves. I don't particularly enjoy having someone else unnecessarily touch my car. You probably sit in the drive thru when there's already 6 cars in line, too.

But hey, different strokes for different folks.
But have you sat on heated leather seats? Lezbehonest.
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