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Residents in Oregon took to social media to express their dismay over a new state law that allows petrol stations to offer customers a self-service filling experience.

The bill states that pumping stations in rural areas can do a way with attendants who would normally come over to your car, fill it with petrol and take your payment - sometimes with added extras like windscreen cleaning.

The legislation, passed in May 2017, took effect on New Year’s Day but is not compulsory and only applies to towns of populations below 40,000.

Until now, there were two states in America that prohibited customers from pumping their own petrol: Oregon and New Jersey.

But over on social media, Oregon residents were not happy with the idea of putting their own petrol in. Some users said they were worried about getting sick while others said they would die if they had to put their own petrol in.

One user, Tina Good claimed that self-service petrol stations are “not a good idea.”

She said:

Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing it correctly.

Besides I don’t want to go to work smelling of gas when I get it on my hands or clothes.

Another user, Mike Perrone said he has lived in Oregon all his life and refuses to pump his own gas and that he “can’t even.”

One user is also worried about potential health risks:

Meanwhile, others were left surprised after learning that in some areas of America, attendants still pump petrol for customers.

Jonathan Campbell said on Facebook:

Upon realising, Kevin C. Carr said:

But some stations said that their staff will carry on offering a full service, KTVL news reports.

Shelby Perkins, a cashier at a filling station in Prineville, Oregon told the Associated Press she wasn't sure if her regular customers would know how to fill their own cars. She added:

Our regular, longtime customers love coming here and talking to us while we pump their gas.

HT Tribunist

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