That is comical when I googled it:
You'd think the world is coming to the end out there because they might
have to pump their own gas.
Not pumping your own gas does a few things. Keeps the price of gas up
slightly due to every place that sells gas has to have atleast one
person as their main job.
I remember years ago that my dad liked to go fishing at the coast and he
mentioned a service station on the way that while closed would have a
pump that took dollar bills (could have been quarters as it was a long
time ago) so people could fill up late at night. That was before the
credit cards had the magnetic strip readers.
A few years ago gas was cheapest around here in NJ where attendant
pumped it. Then they went to pump it yourself but later raised taxes so
now gas is more expensive in NJ then in DE.
I prefer to pump it myself and recall being ripped off at the pump when
they pumped it.
Lower price was a selling point to change the law, but from what I see
in MA, it is BS. The town fire marshal decides and the towns that pump
it for you sell at the same price as the self serve. When I was working
I'd usually stop at a private label place and convenience store where I
could save 20 cents a gallon and have it pumped over the name brand self
serve. I did tip the attendant though.
Illegal in most places here, but common in Italy. Stations would close
a couple of hours for lunch but pump would be open,
I like the one about halfway down. It's the guy moving the
pump handle in and out of the filler neck. That reminds me of my high
school days working at a gas station. A traveler was filling his water
jug. He was pulling the handle of the hydrant up and down to get water
into the jug. It was a typical pressurized system but he apparently
saw too many westerns.
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