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Friday, April 28, 2006

New Jersey Toomers Pumping Gas

The beginning of Self Service Gas in the Garden State?

Governor Corzine proposes that we will save money on gas if we end the ban on self service. This is kind of a strange concept. Pennsylvania has self service and their folks come to New Jersey to get gas. They do this, not because it is raining or cold outside. They do this because our gas is cheaper.

When I was younger I asked my mother why, why people in New Jersey do not pump their own gas. What made us so special? She told me that people would lose jobs if we had self service. This made me feel good about my state of birth. We care about jobs. Now as an adult, I appreciate the convenience.

When I go outside of the Garden State, and my tank is low, a sadness descends. If I am in Philly, I calculate if fumes can get me across the bridge. I dread driving into a self service station, pulling out the pump, pressing the gas type button, lifting that big metal thing, figuring out if the lift should be before the press, shoving the nozzle into the hole, squeezing the handle, and hoping that something comes out. Finally you must pray that the little metal thingy that holds the handle up works. This way you do not have to stand and actually feel every gallon of gas flowing into your car. Occasionally, when out of the state, I pull into a gas station and forget to get out of the car. It takes a moment to realize that I am not in Kansas (New Jersey) any more.

New Jersey and Oregon are the only states with a ban on self service gas stations. Our Governor states that they are going to try this out to see if the savings is passed on the consumer. Generally we do in depth studies to flesh this out, I am sure that there is a report of some kind. Today they are raising gas by 14 cents. This is because of state regulations on how often stations can raise the gas.

Our state is pretty good when it comes to gas prices and unscrupulous gas station owners, especially in south Jersey. This is another thing that I have been proud of. Sure our prices go up, but generally we are at the median or below. Hopefully, our Governor and State Legislatures continue to take care of us in this respect.

The other day, when I was at WaWa, the gas station attendant told me that I was beautiful. Now can a pump do that? Well, I guess with technology they can add buttons to activate self affirmations, but a pump can not send you off with a smile.

Leave a comment and let us know, are the Toomers in New Jersey ready to pump gas? This could be the end of Full Service as we know it.

Let the Governor and State Legislature know how you feel.

5 Comments:

  • At 9:11 AM, Blogger Shamele Jordon said…

    Can you imagine petite Aunt Susie getting out of her big Cadillac to pump gas? Imagine Big Aunt Ida and Little Aunt Ida. Sister did not drive, so Willy would have pumped the gas.

    Personally I do not want to pump gas. I think self service will not lower prices, other states prove this.

     
  • At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Marianne said…

    Mele I agree totally that I am NOT ready to pump my own gas. The thought of getting out of my car with my suit and high heels on and pumping gas frightens me to no end. I have never,ever pumped my own gas and don't look forward to learning. I also agree that we have been blessed regarding lower gas prices, however, when I think of the HIGH auto insurance we pay, that's the least they could do! I'd trade higher gas prices for lower auto insurance in a new york minute, which is pretty fast!

     
  • At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Marianne, I agree with you. The thought of getting out of my car to pump gas with my suit and heels on and risking breaking a nail and getting gas on my hands frightening!!!!

    Self service is not going to lower gas prices. What it will do is cause a lot of confusion and inconvenience and take away those part time jobs which a lot of people were able to get to make a little extra money. NO, I DEFINATELY DO NOT WANT SELF SERVICE GAS STATIONS !!!!!!

    Catherine

     
  • At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Dave Hopkins said…

    The WAWA man was right you are beautiful!!!

     
  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger Shamele Jordon said…

    Aw shucks Dave:-) Thanks

     

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