Then why don’t I just go to the self-serve pump?
BECAUSE I CAN’T!
See, New Jersey doesn’t allow self-serve gas pumps. It’s full-serve or nothing.
I’ll spare you the details of my many recent encounters with exceptionally slooooow service attendants. I’m sure you can imagine. All I want is to get my gas and leave. Why why why must I wait to have someone else pump my gas and collect my payment when I can pump it myself and pay at the pump everywhere else?
I really don’t know why New Jersey requires full-serve. Common explanations are:
- It doesn’t raise the price of gas–we have the cheapest gas in the nation. (But would it be even cheaper if we had self-serve? What about the value of our time?)
- It provides jobs for people. (This one could be a great debate, eh?)
- It’s a safety issue. (Then why isn’t self-serve outlawed everywhere?)
Does anybody know the reason for this asinine law?
Are there any other places that require full-serve?
What are the rules in other countries?
p.s. Toxic waste. Armpit of the nation. What exit? There, I’ve spared you the trouble of making the requisite Jersey jokes in this thread.