QOTD: Missing Full Serve?
We reported yesterday on how Oregon is finally allowing drivers to use self-serve gas pumps.
That got me thinking. When I was a kid, and even when I was a gangly teen getting my first driver's license, you could still find full-serve pumps. Most people used self-serve, but the option existed at gas stations. A fair amount, maybe even a lot, of gas stations, if memory serves.
Of course, over time, fewer and fewer stations offered the option, since few customers used it. I don't know, without looking it up, if this meant a reduction in gas-station attendant jobs, but common sense tells me that even if it didn't, it did allow attendants to focus on other tasks, such as manning the register for people buying coffee/soda/candy whatever.
As for me as a customer, I don't remember if I ever used full service (except one time in Oregon when I was required to) but as I said yesterday, there are some things about full service I would've liked. For example -- staying in the car when it's very cold out. Not getting my hands all grimy from the pump. Just letting someone else do the work.
I don't know why I didn't use full serve. I think it may have cost more -- enough so that I didn't want to pay more for the service. Even if I am remembering wrong and that wasn't the case, I suppose I just felt like I didn't need someone else to do this work for me. I'm an able-bodied adult and operating a self-service pump isn't difficult.
What about you? If full-serve is/was offered where you live -- as an option, and not a requirement -- would you prefer full-serve or self? Would it matter if there's an extra cost -- i.e. would you do full if the price was the same but not for more money?
I suppose NJ and Oregon residents can sit this one out since one state is still requiring full serve and the other one only just now changed things.
The rest of you can sound off below.
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