Calls For A Solution to "Gas and Dash" Incidents
He was 44, described as very friendly by local customers, and would even lend money to people if they didn't have enough change. He was also a married father, but he lost his life in another "gas-and-dash" tragedy.
A man pumped $112.85 worth of fuel and allegedly fled, striking and dragging the attendant at the Shell station at Marlee Avenue and Roselawn Avenue.
MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence, Mike Colle was in the area on Saturday night and went to the gas station to see what was happening and if he could assist. After learning of the incident and learning about the man who lost his life, Colle feels something needs to be done.
Could it be that these clerks are worried about their own pay being docked for those who gas and dash? It's an unofficial policy at some stations, NewsTalk 1010 has learned. It all depends on the manager, and it's a practice that some customers would like to see stop.
Colle has vowed to research mandatory pre-payment systems that are already in place throughout North America, and plans to tell the office of the Premier and the Attorney General that this needs to become a priority.
In 2011, Hashem Atifeh Rad was also killed when he was dragged by a car which attempted to drive away after allegedly pumping $75 worth of gas in Mississauga at a Petro-Canada station.