WharfRat wrote:And here's a kind've-related question: why does NJ (and Oregon??) have gas station attendants, where other states (like Virginia) let you do it yourself? Another thing I've always wondered about.
I don't know about Oregon. It's been that way in Jersey since the late 40s. I have been told that there was a huge fire in the 40s in Edison? NJ related to smoking at a gas station and that's what spurred the local government to pass the law. Not sure if that's accurate though.
There are other states that have attendants for weird reasons. For instance, parts of Florida hire full-time attendants during the Love Bug mating season. The Love Bugs fill the air like you wouldn't believe. There are so many that it actually sounds like rain as they splat on your car.
It's so bad that you have to stop pretty frequently to clean off your grill and windshield, otherwise, all of those bug guts will fry to your car in the Florida sun. That's where the attendants come in. As you pump gas, they get clean off your car. It's a free service, but tips are expected.