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Old 08-20-2008, 07:00 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how much extra are we paying per gallon to have a attendent pump our gas? I wonder when Oregon is going to give up on having gas attendents. I'm all for pumping gas in my own car, what do you guys think?

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It created hundreds of jobs and everyone for the most part is qualified to pump gas. Gas prices are not off from states that let you pump your own. BUT!!! When I say fill it up, I mean fill it up. The nozzle will click and they call it a day, most time I still have 5 more gallons that go in.
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I dunno, but if they really don't want to let us pump our own gas, we could probably train monkeys to do the job for a lot less.
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Pop over to the other side of the river and see what gas costs as you pump it yourself.

I don't care how much more it costs me. It provides entry level jobs for people, it keeps the stations safer, and I don't have to smell like gas on my way to church or out to eat dinner.

If pumping your own gas is that important to you, move to WA.
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isnt californias gas higher than ours on average ?
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I might be crazy but I thought it was a cost the operator absorbs. If they want to raise their prices to offset their employee paycheck then you as the customer can go across the street right.
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Washington gas is higher than ours.......
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I pumped gas for a number of years. It was not a social program, a monkey couldn't do that job, and gas in Vancouver costs the about same as in Portland.
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Gas in ridgefield the other day was 5 cents higher than were i get it at home in hillsboro.

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I think insurance rates at a self serve station are higher due to the added risk, so my thoughts are that having an employee pump the gas would probably equal the insurance cost of a self serve, thus explaining the same gas prices with OR. vs WA.

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Pop over to the other side of the river and see what gas costs as you pump it yourself.

I don't care how much more it costs me. It provides entry level jobs for people, it keeps the stations safer, and I don't have to smell like gas on my way to church or out to eat dinner.

If pumping your own gas is that important to you, move to WA.
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I pumped gas for a number of years. It was not a social program, a monkey couldn't do that job, and gas in Vancouver costs the about same as in Portland.


If the whole state of Oregon suddenly went to self serve gas stations,
the already high unemployment rate would go up even higher!
Its a great part time for people who are going to school or people who need
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Gas costs more in Washington because it has more taxes applied to it compared to Oregon. With all of the horizontal rain Oregon get, I am happy to stay in my rig.
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I for one am happy to sit in my truck or car where its warm and dry or cool and air conditioned even if it did cost a few more
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do you guys tip the attendant? When I come to OR I usually do if they wash the window.
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isnt californias gas higher than ours on average ?

yeah like .50 more a gallon and you have to pump it yourself... i hated it and i would never vote to change it here. It's a good first job heck with min wag at almost 8.00 a hr it's not a bad job for someone looking to make extra money.
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do you guys tip the attendant? When I come to OR I usually do if they wash the window.
I used to make at least $5 a day on tips.
Sometimes I'd make $10 or $15...
Always wash windows for the nice people... and the cute girls.
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One of the best jobs I ever had was pumping gas. Especially during the summer. But this was a time when painted on tube tops (remember those?) and VERY short mini skirts were all the fashion. That ought to be enough of a hint as to how long this was!

Those customers always got their windshield washed.......very, very slowly.
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isnt californias gas higher than ours on average ?
Yes, Cali's gas prices are higher, and so is our neighbor up North. And you still have to pump your own gas.

I'd rather have someone else do it for me.
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One of the best jobs I ever had was pumping gas. Especially during the summer. But this was a time when painted on tube tops (remember those?) and VERY short mini skirts were all the fashion. That ought to be enough of a hint as to how long this was!

Those customers always got their windshield washed.......very, very slowly.
I can relate to this.
Especially the day that OSU kids got out of school and were moving back!
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:31 AM   #23
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The price of gas from one state to another has more to do with state tax added for various things.

As of July 2008 Washington adds, 55.9 cpg, Oregon 43.4 and California 74.9 (figures are combined Fed, State and Local Cpg figures.

http://www.api.org/statistics/fueltaxes/

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If the whole state of Oregon suddenly went to self serve gas stations,
the already high unemployment rate would go up even higher!
Its a great part time for people who are going to school or people who need
a bit of extra cash.

It was the first job I had 40 years ago!
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:22 AM   #25
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I was at the gas station in Warrenton a few weeks back talking to a man that was standing in his boat getting things ready and waiting for gas. The "highly trained" attendant comes by my right side with the nozzle and flips up a rubber flap and inserts the nozzle into the rod holder,
(now imagine this in slow motion) as the "highly trained" attendant is grasping the handle to fill this man's boat up with several hundred gallons of highly explosive fuel in the back of his boat we both dove towards the nozzle with a long NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

We politely explained to the young man there are two things he don't put gas in and leave it to the owners, and they are boats and Harleys.
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I don't mind having to let a "trained Professional" pump fuel into my rig while I sit in the car/truck. I just wish said "Trained Professional" could also make change so I don't have to go inside to pay.
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I don't mind having to let a "trained Professional" pump fuel into my rig while I sit in the car/truck. I just wish said "Trained Professional" could also make change so I don't have to go inside to pay.
Do you want "trained professional" to bring you your coffee and Pastry too?
Not all stations make you go inside to pay, pick one that does not and problem solved.
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Pop over to the other side of the river and see what gas costs as you pump it yourself.

I don't care how much more it costs me. It provides entry level jobs for people, it keeps the stations safer, and I don't have to smell like gas on my way to church or out to eat dinner.

If pumping your own gas is that important to you, move to WA.
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Y'all can make fun of the people that work at gas stations all you want but personally I applaud them for working and doing something rather than being a drain on society. Not everybody in a low paying, "monkey can do" job are there by choice but rather by circumstance.
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On the way home from fishing at Charleston, I stopped at a local gas station where you have the choice of self-serve or full-serve. Self-service was 10 cents cheaper than full service. The line for self-serve was long, and I was tired, so I just pulled into the full-serve. Nobody came out to help me. I went on down the road where the attendant pumped my gas for me, and the price was the same as self-serve at the other station.
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Pop over to the other side of the river and see what gas costs as you pump it yourself.

I don't care how much more it costs me. It provides entry level jobs for people, it keeps the stations safer, and I don't have to smell like gas on my way to church or out to eat dinner.

If pumping your own gas is that important to you, move to WA.
+1.....and keep the sales tax up there while your at it.
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Gas stations are every where. The benifits of having low skilled labor available to people who need it most far out weight the extra cost in having them. For rural comunitys and the inter citys some times its the only option for young folks or someone down on their luck to scrape together some money. Its a low cost employment system that is primalary funded by private funds and god forbibide a little help from the general public-Im proud of oregons fortitude to provide this most basic of needs to the people who probably need it the most

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Do you want "trained professional" to bring you your coffee and Pastry too?
Nope. I just want the employees to be empowered to provide full service required to get gas. If you lookup the reasons submitted to get this law passed (I did), one of them was the added safety of not requiring the customer to get out of the vehicle and risk a slip or fall during typical Oregon wet weather. Many stations negate this advantage by not letting the attendant also make change. Just goes against one of the stated goals for getting the law passed.
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Costco gas attendents are high end service attendents and are paid more than other gas station attendents.You still run your own costco card and your own debit card enter all the info (debit code & gas amount).They just stick the nozzle in and give you your receipt and your on your way!I think I can handle the nozzle and receipt part.Nice company to work for happy attendents your doing most of the work and they just
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I used to pump gas as a teen, it was a fun job, until Washington went self service. Now I just sit around all day smoking, its driving me bananas.
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If I have to go inside to pay because the island attendant is to stupid or not allowed receive payment at the pumps then I don't come back.

I am not interested in all the crap they have for sale inside the store, nor am I interested in listening to people carry on over their cell phones while they are watching the monitor to see who is filled and therefore ready to pay.

You are right about the safety reason for the law. Don't get me wrong, I do not mind pumping my own gas, I just think these stations that require the customer to go inside to pay are violating one of the spirits of the law and are therefore campaigning to get the law changed merely by not accepting the money at the pumps.

These places wonder why they are loosing all their business to Costco.
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Costco gas attendents are high end service attendents and are paid more than other gas station attendents.You still run your own costco card and your own debit card enter all the info (debit code & gas amount).They just stick the nozzle in and give you your receipt and your on your way!I think I can handle the nozzle and receipt part.Nice company to work for happy attendents your doing most of the work and they just
Well you must use a different Costco than I do because they take the card from me and run it. I would guess if you wanted to give them your pin for your Debit card they would be happy to put it in for you as well
Maybe if you ask nice they will clean the trash from your car.

Yup Costco are good paid gas attendants, work very hard and very fast. I for one appreciate their hard work, most of the hold up is from the idiot who sat in line, got to the pumps, then realizes he needs his costco card and debit card and spends the next few minutes looking for itOr how about the guy who doesn't know what side his fill is on then gets out and worries about them scratching their paint because he pulled up to the wrong side. Try handing them your cards next time and I'm sure they will run them, they have lots of customers who wouldn't know a card from a receipt.
Take the attendants away and see how SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW it gets. Then the gripe would be "why don't they hire someone to do this, I'm sick of waiting in line".

Oh and maybe you hadn't noticed....Costco pays it's help well and still has some of the lowest prices around! Maybe that's why they are so busy?
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Costco changed their policy on debit card handling. they no longer enter your PIN code for you, too much of a security risk. Now if you have their new AMEX rewards card you wont have to use a PIN and can stay in your car though.

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PS_ who uses an OR gas tationa nd gets their windows washed? its been months since someone washed my windshield for me.
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Moved here a couple years ago from Idaho, and the no pumping thing certainly takes some getting used to. My biggest gripe is how long it takes someone to get out to the car. Most of the smaller stations around here only have one or two people working at a time, and when there is a long line of people you end up waiting minutes for them to get to you, when I could have been filled, paid, and on my way already. Plus, I feel super lazy just sitting there while they fill it up, even worse when they wash the windshield, because I just can't justify giving someone a tip for something I would rather just be doing myself. It's great that it creates jobs, but the safety factor thing is just laughable. If you can't safely cross the parking lot to go pay, then you probally should'nt be driving.
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If you can't safely cross the parking lot to go pay, then you probally should'nt be driving.
There a quite a few that should not be driving. Can you imagine the 85 yr old guy pumping his own? I bet you would wait longer than if an attendant did it, even a slow one. LOL
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Well you must use a different Costco than I do because they take the card from me and run it. I would guess if you wanted to give them your pin for your Debit card they would be happy to put it in for you as well
Maybe if you ask nice they will clean the trash from your car.

Yup Costco are good paid gas attendants, work very hard and very fast. I for one appreciate their hard work, most of the hold up is from the idiot who sat in line, got to the pumps, then realizes he needs his costco card and debit card and spends the next few minutes looking for itOr how about the guy who doesn't know what side his fill is on then gets out and worries about them scratching their paint because he pulled up to the wrong side. Try handing them your cards next time and I'm sure they will run them, they have lots of customers who wouldn't know a card from a receipt.
Take the attendants away and see how SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW it gets. Then the gripe would be "why don't they hire someone to do this, I'm sick of waiting in line".

Oh and maybe you hadn't noticed....Costco pays it's help well and still has some of the lowest prices around! Maybe that's why they are so busy?

I worked for Costco Gasoline for 3 yrs, beleive me you run your Arse off there. Hillsboro Costco when I left was pumping an average of 30,000 gallons or more per day. And yes, their attendants would be glad to run your cards for you.

Oh, and Costco's minimum wage is $11.00 per hour just incase anyone wanted to know.

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I see ZERO need for the gas attendants.


I'm not going to insult the people who do this, but there really isn't a good enough reason for me not to pump my own gas.


There are two reasons i want to pump my own...
-no waiting for attendant to pump the other cars before they get to me.
-I can always fill my tank ALL the way up...not when the thing clicks.
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Most gas stations that let you pump your own you must pay first then pump.This makes sense to do it this way.I witnessed one day a person asking for a full up in alocal station.He picked up the ticket from the attendent. the customer went inside to pay and low and behold he was out of town and had no money ( no cash no debit card).I guess this would not have happened if they had a policy pay and pump your own.No $ no gas!!
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I worked for Costco Gasoline for 3 yrs, beleive me you run your Arse off there. Hillsboro Costco when I left was pumping an average of 30,000 gallons or more per day. And yes, their attendants would be glad to run your cards for you.

Oh, and Costco's minimum wage is $11.00 per hour just incase anyone wanted to know.

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There a quite a few that should not be driving. Can you imagine the 85 yr old guy pumping his own? I bet you would wait longer than if an attendant did it, even a slow one. LOL
I don't mean waiting in line to get to the pump, it's when you're at the pump, parked, gas cap off and just standing there, waiting for someone to come out and put the nozzle in your tank for you that it gets lame. I don't rant often, but this is one of those things that just infuriates me, perhaps unreasonably.
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Old 08-23-2008, 02:48 PM   #46
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Years ago, back in the 70's, we went up to Seattle, and we stopped to filler up in Sea-tack, the guy comes out, puts the nos-el in and walks back to his car, and drove off?????
tank fills up, I get out, walk up to the entry way of station, no one around, knock on the bathroom door, no one around, walk back to my car, put nos-el back into pump, look at my wife, she says whats up, Heck, no one here to pay.
I drove off.
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:06 PM   #47
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Having petroleum transfer experts pump the gas is a good thing. First and foremost it creates lots of jobs for Oregon. The money the attendants make will most likely be spent here in Oregon adding to the economy and benefiting small business in the long run. Also there is lots of stupid people out and I feel loads better if the attendant is pumping the flammable material for these stupid people. Come on now we all know that we can pump it all by our self but if you look at it logically it benefits everybody in the long run. I am sure paying a couple cents more is worth it to you because it creates jobs right I would not want any money horders and penny penchers out out there so please spread the wealth.




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Old 08-23-2008, 11:39 PM   #48
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Yep a social program that creates jobs for the beginner or people with no skills. There are plenty of other jobs people can do as a first job, maybe then we would have people that could speak English doing those jobs.
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:38 AM   #49
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Worked my way through OSU working in a "service station" three hours/night six days of the week and 14 hours on Sunday for $1. an hour. Our service in those days included always washing the windshield as well as checking the oil after you asked if they wanted it checked. We also often checked the tire air pressure.

Although "service stations" have generally been replaced by "gas stations" would well imagine there are people who really need the job. Like most jobs there are some who are good at it and some who don't care. It is nice to get your rig filled up without leaving with your hands not smelling like gas or diesel.
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Creating jobs just for the sake of creating jobs, at the expense of the public- is unamerican. I cant stand the fact that I cant pump my own gas, and have to wait for somebody to do it for me. Honestly I dont even want them touching my truck. But the socialists in this state say I have no choice.

Let the system work, they will get jobs somewhere else. I can pump my own gas. How bout a choice - mini serve and full service where those that want to be waited on can pay the extra.
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If it is that important to you, go buy your gas in Vancouver. And your excuse about making jobs doesn't hold much water either. I am quite capable of doing my own wiring and plumbing, but I still have to have somebody else say I did okay or pay them to do it for me. I can check out my own groceries, make my own coffee, cook my own food and yet all those jobs exist to do it for me. Are those jobs made up by socialists?

And what jobs would you suggest that they do that aren't made up by socialists?
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Yep a social program that creates jobs for the beginner or people with no skills. There are plenty of other jobs people can do as a first job, maybe then we would have people that could speak English doing those jobs.
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Creating jobs just for the sake of creating jobs, at the expense of the public- is unamerican. I cant stand the fact that I cant pump my own gas, and have to wait for somebody to do it for me. Honestly I dont even want them touching my truck. But the socialists in this state say I have no choice.

Let the system work, they will get jobs somewhere else. I can pump my own gas. How bout a choice - mini serve and full service where those that want to be waited on can pay the extra.

At least they have jobs and aren't sucking off you payceck with public assistance. Why don't you guys give a list of all the other jobs that are out there that, are not there just for the sake of creating a job. If people were willing to work how would our unemployment rate look for this state? What would happen if all the help wanted signs were filled and taken out of the windows. Oh it doesn't matter to you cause those jobs are just created for the sake of creating jobs. How did you guys start working? I'm sure at a gainfull meaning full career huh? Are your job something that I am more than capable of doing myself? Perhaps your lifestyle is made from making jobs just to make jobs perhaps the masses can do what you do and would be happier if they could and that them doing that would drop the price a penny or two. Is your job worth more than a penny in someone elses pocket? Mine is and a trainned monkey could do my job for the most part, as I'm sure a trainned mokey could do most of the jobs out thre cause I don't know anyone that was born nowing how to do the job they make their living offf of right now.

If you don't like the way things work in Oregon, go someplace else and complain there. Go pump your own gas/fuel, touch your own truck, bag your own groceries, pour your own coffee and get your own food from the counter after you cook it and then pay the tab when you are done, that way you might be to tired to complain about how things are done.

Remember when people had gainfull employement for litter patrol on the roads and hwys, trimming bushes in the parks, mowing grass and clearing hiking trails and all that stuff? I do. What has happend to those jobs? There gone. Now the inmates do that for a small bit of pay and early release for good works/behavior. If you want something to be upset over be mad about that.

There are lots of people willing to work but then that gets shut down by people like you that don't want those jobs in existatnce. Then the trade off is you folks complaining about all the dead beats working the system for a hand out and living off your hard earned paycheck. It's hard to complain about both until you have a fix for one or the other or both.

I say if they are willing then let them work no matter what the job is, cause they will be working not leeching.

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At least they have jobs and aren't sucking off you payceck with public assistance. Why don't you guys give a list of all the other jobs that are out there that, are not there just for the sake of creating a job. If people were willing to work how would our unemployment rate look for this state? What would happen if all the help wanted signs were filled and taken out of the windows. Oh it doesn't matter to you cause those jobs are just created for the sake of creating jobs. How did you guys start working? I'm sure at a gainfull meaning full career huh? Are your job something that I am more than capable of doing myself? Perhaps your lifestyle is made from making jobs just to make jobs perhaps the masses can do what you do and would be happier if they could and that them doing that would drop the price a penny or two. Is your job worth more than a penny in someone elses pocket? Mine is and a trainned monkey could do my job for the most part, as I'm sure a trainned mokey could do most of the jobs out thre cause I don't know anyone that was born nowing how to do the job they make their living offf of right now.

If you don't like the way things work in Oregon, go someplace else and complain there. Go pump your own gas/fuel, touch your own truck, bag your own groceries, pour your own coffee and get your own food from the counter after you cook it and then pay the tab when you are done, that way you might be to tired to complain about how things are done.

Remember when people had gainfull employement for litter patrol on the roads and hwys, trimming bushes in the parks, mowing grass and clearing hiking trails and all that stuff? I do. What has happend to those jobs? There gone. Now the inmates do that for a small bit of pay and early release for good works/behavior. If you want something to be upset over be mad about that.

There are lots of people willing to work but then that gets shut down by people like you that don't want those jobs in existatnce. Then the trade off is you folks complaining about all the dead beats working the system for a hand out and living off your hard earned paycheck. It's hard to complain about both until you have a fix for one or the other or both.

I say if they are willing then let them work no matter what the job is, cause they will be working not leeching.

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Well I was born in Oregon, I am a citizen, so I am staying. I dont think there is anything wrong with wanting to fix a broken system, so I won't just get out.

How bout we get rid of illegal labor? That would create legitamate jobs that have purpose. Then all the gas station guys could go work a job that is actually needed. There are a lot of agriculture jobs in Oregon.

How did I start working? I started working on a farm, one that didnt hire illegals. 80 hours a week. From there I went to construction and made 3x the money. No special skills required.

Anyone with a good work ethic can make a living in Oregon, we don't need to give handouts and we dont need to create artificial jobs. Thats what makes Oregon, and the USA such a great place to live.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:12 AM   #54
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we seem to be getting a bit off topic here. don't we ?

I like living in Orygun and I like having someone pump gas in my truck/van.
I don't feel I need to work for the station owner for free and end up smelling like gas or the added time it takes to go in and pay.

If I wanted to be inconvenienced I will drive across the bridge. No Thanks.

I have a station that I go to regularly that I pay at the pump. They have a experienced crew but they don't do windows, and they don't give away dinnerware.

I like to go to one station and get to know the workers so if there are any more gas shortages like back in the day, I won't have as much of a problem. Good to have a friend with a big tank of gas.

If you want to pump your own gas in Oregon buy a motorcycle
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we seem to be getting a bit off topic here. don't we ?

I like living in Orygun and I like having someone pump gas in my truck/van.
I don't feel I need to work for the station owner for free and end up smelling like gas or the added time it takes to go in and pay.

If I wanted to be inconvenienced I will drive across the bridge. No Thanks.

I have a station that I go to regularly that I pay at the pump. They have a experienced crew but they don't do windows, and they don't give away dinnerware.

I like to go to one station and get to know the workers so if there are any more gas shortages like back in the day, I won't have as much of a problem. Good to have a friend with a big tank of gas.

If you want to pump your own gas in Oregon buy a motorcycle
But why not allow the choice? Why not have the full serve/mini serve option? Why make it a law that you are not allowed to pump your own gas?

You could still have someone pump your gas, and that would make you happy. You would just pay a few cents extra. Those of us that want to pump our own could also. Win/win.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:27 AM   #56
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But why not allow the choice? Why not have the full serve/mini serve option? Why make it a law that you are not allowed to pump your own gas?

You could still have someone pump your gas, and that would make you happy. You would just pay a few cents extra. Those of us that want to pump our own could also. Win/win.
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But why not allow the choice? Why not have the full serve/mini serve option? Why make it a law that you are not allowed to pump your own gas?

You could still have someone pump your gas, and that would make you happy. You would just pay a few cents extra. Those of us that want to pump our own could also. Win/win.

I don't want to pay a few cents extra. It's bad enough paying 9 cents extra to use a credit/debit card.

I don't mind if someone else wants to pump their own, I don't think I should pay more for their privilege.
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I don't want to pay a few cents extra. It's bad enough paying 9 cents extra to use a credit/debit card.

I don't mind if someone else wants to pump their own, I don't think I should pay more for their privilege.
You ARE paying for the attendant to pump your gas. What do you actually think the station owner pays the attendant out of the goodness of his heart? That the attendant's wages dont ultimately come from your bank account?

These are not government regulated businesses people. The owner is going to make a profit, and he is going to charge enough to pay the employees and make that profit. Whatever the market will bear. Free enterprise. If the operating costs are less, you pay less. Pretty simple.
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Whatever the market will bear. Free enterprise. If the operating costs are less, you pay less. Pretty simple.
Since we are used to paying what we pay do you REALLY think the owner would lower the price? Why would s/he do that? It would just be more profit. Its called free enterprise.

My groceries are not cheaper when I use the self-checkout. So I don't for a minute think my gas would be cheaper if I pumped it myself.
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Since we are used to paying what we pay do you REALLY think the owner would lower the price? Why would s/he do that? It would just be more profit. Its called free enterprise.

My groceries are not cheaper when I use the self-checkout. So I don't for a minute think my gas would be cheaper if I pumped it myself.
You bet I do. Free enterprise. This is how it works.

This is why the stations aren't charging $5.00 per gallon for gas right now. If they did, other stations would charge a lower rate and all the business would go to the station with the lower rate. Its competitive. So the price will ultimately wind up where the owner makes a reasonable profit. So if the operating costs were $0.25 less per gallon of gas because of self serve, and 75% of the owners still charged the higher price, the station that charged less would get more business. The other stations would then lower their prices to remain competitive.

I think self checkout is cheaper for the store or they wouldnt be doing it. It reduces the operating costs for the store. For me, its a matter of convenience to use self checkout because its faster. Even though the groceries cost the same if I would stand in line I will use self checkout so I dont have to wait. And if Albertsons makes more money because of it, good for them! But they still need to remain competitive with Safeway or I wont shop there
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