And yet, as I look at this photo I took, people are still outraged they can’t pump their own fuel in Oregon lol Back in Oregon, I’ve heard a lot of people complaining they are not allowed to pump their own fuel. That they could pump it themselves faster, which might be true in a lot of cases. But they are not entirely correct. You are allowed to pump your own diesel fuel any time you want in Oregon as it is not a class A flammable. Gasoline is a class A flammable yes, but you can still even pump your own gas if you have a motorcycle. Mind you, Oregon recently passed laws allowing people living in very rural areas of Oregon (county populations of 40k or less) to pump their own fuel over night when the pumps are not manned. Unless I missed something and they can pump it during the day as well.
That being said, diesel pumps are not at every pump here in Texas. In a gas station with 16 pumps, only 4 of those 16 pumps might also pump diesel. And the issue is if there is a convenience store at the gas station, people will pump their own fuel, and then go inside and browse for awhile before coming out to move their vehicle away from the pump. Or they go in and browse before prepaying inside, and then come out and pump their fuel. In Oregon, you pay the attendant, or just tell them how much you want and you can go in and browse while someone else pumps the fuel and hopefully has it all finished up by the time you get back out there. So you can accomplish two things at the same time. So now I find myself waiting to get to a pump more often here in Texas than I ever did at home.
Then comes the part where the stations don’t have anyone manning or looking after the pumps. So the diesel handles get all dirty and nasty sometimes. It’s not like I have never handled a dirty hose before … But I may need to buy me some hand condoms, me thinks 😉