Late yesterday afternoon - about 5:30 pm - I pulled in to a gas station in Mays Landing.

I pulled up to the pumps and waited. And waited. And waited.

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I think there are 5 pumps on the one side of the building, and all were taken except for the one I parked next to.

There were pumps across the parking lot, but there were traffic cones in front of those signifying they were closed.

I examined the situation and saw that there was a total of one person working, pumping gas. Ugh.

Again, this was 5:30 pm - rush hour, not 2:30 am. One worker, 5 gas pumps.

It didn't use to be like this. There used to be people working the pumps. There used to be people working everywhere.

Just minutes earlier, I had been in a chain restaurant in the area with a friend. We were told we'd have to wait 20-25 minutes for a seat, even though most of the tables in the restaurant were unoccupied! No one can hire enough help these days!

For years, New Jersey has been the lone holdout for full-service only gas stations in this country. No self-serve gas here.

Arguments against self-serve included gas prices will rise! (No, they won't) Or, we can't take away the jobs! (Hey, wake up, no one will work those jobs now!) Another undergarment - I can't pump my own gas! It would be an inconvenience/disaster/etc.

Look, if my 81-year-old mother in Florida - and your mother in Florida- can pump their own gas, you can too! Believe me; it's not that difficult!

Photo by sippakorn yamkasikorn on Unsplash
Photo by sippakorn yamkasikorn on Unsplash

So, now would be the perfect time to join the rest of mankind and allow self-service gas stations. We won't be losing jobs because there's no one working those jobs!

PS... When self-serve finally does arrive, call me, and I'll meet you at the gas station to show you how to operate the gas pump. I would do that for you!

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