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    Ok, I have in the past have let my neohew "help" me. I place the nozzle in the tank and let him hit the buttons and hold into the nozzle. He likes to be a big boy! She should not have allowed him to manuever the nozzle all by himself.
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    After reading the article I came to the conclusion that.... Yup: this IS the ridiculous government overreach story it appears to be at first glance.
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    We should IQ test the population and anyone who scores less than 100 should have "Stupid" tattooed on their forehead. Perhaps we could weed them out of the shallow end of the gene pool.
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    @PoliticalSpice When you're ready to do the same for every liberal fem nazi as for the GOP stupids I'll kick in a few thousand.
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    I have four children, and try not to let my fears hold them back. My son killed his first deer with a bow & arrow at eight years old(supervised), he also knew how to change a tire and oil by twelve, as well as pump gas(supervised). That doesn't mean he should do it. This is ridiculous and abusive. Parents like this disgust me. By all means teach your children to do things and let them do things but only a the age that they are then capable of dealing with the unexpected. At three....get real!
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    Being a citified sort myself, I taught my son things like doing his own laundry at 8 years old, and cooking simple things like bacon and eggs for Saturday breakfast, and general cleaning skills. The few women in his life have thanked me for that, among other things. Advice I gave him the day of his wedding: No woman has ever shot a man while he was cooking or cleaning. :)
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    Here in Oregon er still have gas attendants. It is against the law for customers to pump their own gasoline.
    It preserves jobs and gasoline isn't any more expensive here than the surrounding states.
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    Actually, it's a good deal less expensive than here in CA. I know people who live in Crescent City, and they drive up into Brookings, OR to fill their tank.
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    @Denizen_Kate
    Yeah, the gas companies always try to get us to change the law, enticing us with false promises of cheaper fuel. Everywhere they have changed to self serv, prices failed to decrease. It was just more profit for them.
    The only added expense is tipping the attendant a buck or two. Unfortunately, a lot of uncouth folks fail to tip!
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    @Keyjo - I have always assumed it was a law designed to keep teenagers employed and out of trouble after school. Also, I rather like having my gas pumped for me. It reminds me of the old days when you didn't go to gas stations, you went to service stations. They pumped your gas, checked your oil and water, aired your tires if you asked nice, and cleaned your windshield. And the gas was around 25 cents a gallon. (Yeah, I know . . . I'm older than dirt, as my son tells me.)
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    But it is the law that no one under 16 pumping gas so with that being said, its wrong.But come on people, what happened to the good old days , when we rode on back of grandpa truck without seat belt, pumping gas with our parents, and sitting in their lap learning to drive. This is making a mountain out of a mole hill.
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    Ah, the good old days when kids fell out of pick-up truck beds, absorbed leukemia-causing benzene through their skin from gasoline, and got crushed between their parents and the steering wheel during car crashes.
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    @Dan_Tien , well , I'm one of those kids, and that never happened to me. And kids grew up a lot better then kids do today.
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    Depends if the mom was there by his side, teaching him. If she left him alone that is wrong, if she was teaching him to pump gas right by his side , that would be a different story.
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    @gailhall Wiping himself is appropriate at that age. Pumping gas is not. Check out the MSDS I posted for another comment. Kids don't get exposed to bensene by wiping themselves, but why worry about them getting leukemia if you can sit in your car and let your three year old pump your gas for you, right?
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    @Dan_Tien , she didn't let her 3 yr old pump her gas, she just let him help. And did you know that our shower curtains made from China, has certain chemicals in them that can harm a child. So I guess we don't need that eiher. Theres lots in this world that can harm a child. You can't stop living.
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    @gailhall "You can't stop living." No, but you can take a few simple, common sense precautions to keep your kids safe, like not putting them into contact with highly flammable, explosive materials, not letting them play in traffic, and not leaving loaded handguns in your unlocked nightstand. Or you can justify actions that are a result of ignorance. elevate them to the level of stupidity and pray to God when your child ends up in the hospital or morgue..
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    Three years old is too young to pump gas! Why are people trying to get their children to grow up so fast? They'll be old a lot longer than they can enjoy being young, which should include being safe with their parents.
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    The burden is on the state to prove that the child was in any more danger than any adult is at the pump. And if the pumps are so unsafe, then maybe the mother should sue the gas station.
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    At first glance:(1) She's an idiot.(2) She looks like she needs a half hour on the treadmill three times a day. Fat and Stupid, you know she was bound to screw up somewhere. As for letting the 3yr old pump gas, I wouldn't have but in all fairness I have seen "Parents" do much worse with their kids.
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    Turns out, gasoline is a DANGEROUS, not to mention FLAMMABLE toxic substance. And she was having her three year old mess with it? Not only is that illegal, but any number of things can happen when you improperly pump gas. Yes, this was child endangerment in the same way letting a child sit in the front seat is child endangerment. Most likely, nothing would happen, but if something did, the consequences would be severe.
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