Did you know it's illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon? IAmA gas station attendant in Oregon (it's more exciting than it sounds), AMA!
Hi everyone! As the title says it is illegal to pump your own gas in the state of Oregon, in fact Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states in the USA that are like this so many people are surprised when they hear about this. In Oregon you face a fine up to $500 if I decide to report you plus more fines and/or jail time if you threaten me or touch me after I let you know I will report you. My gas station I work at is located on I-5 (the main freeway on the west coast) and I am in Salem, Oregon, which is the states capital. We have an above average crime rate and lots of problems with meth and we are one of the first bus stops from prison so we get quite a few people just getting out of jail and we send our fair share right back when they act up. We also have a homeless camp about a block away with dozens of homeless coming into the store at all times. Some are cool, some are not. As well as pumping gas I also have done about 6 months of cashier work so I know the workings of every aspect of a gas station. We are NOT a national chain brand (chevron, shell, 76, etc.) so our policy could be different than those places. We have no drug testing here and my last boss was a complete drug addict, he would be passed out almost every day in the office he did pain pills, heroin, and drank lots of alcohol. He stole over $20,000 in product, gas, money in the time I worked with him. I have also received many offers from people to get free gas, from sexual favors to free services or goods (usually stolen) People have tried to hit me with their cars as they speed off without paying for gas, I have been attacked by crazy people, gotten into "verbal altercations" with people. Been called racial slurs, been threatened, we had a bomb threat a night I worked there. In oregon a gas station attendant is lower than low, even the welfare food stamp people look down at me. I have lots of crazy stories and want to hear your questions! AMA!
EDIT: 3:00 PST great turnout guys. Loving all the questions.
I seem to be getting a lot of messages and PM's about how my job is stupid, and how everyone in Oregon is retarded because they don't know how to pump their own gas.
I just want to clarify, Oregonians are not retarded. Many do know how to pump their own gas. The law only says they are not allowed to. I'm sure if given the chance they would pump their own gas just as good as the rest of you. And ability to pump gas does not relate to being smart or superior. If It did I am smarter and superior to all of you because I pump more gas in a week than you do in your life. So please no more questions about it, I have gotten a lot and answered them enough to give my answer but all of these comments are burying the questions people have about new topics, if you want to debate it I would be happy to if you reply to a comment already posted about the topic. Thanks guys!
Keep the questions coming!