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Fatal gas-and-dash prompts push for 'pay-first' policy

TORONTO, Ont. – The death of a gas station attendant in an alleged gas-and-dash at a west-end gas station has prompted a push for a “pay-first” policy.

Liberal MPP Mike Colle said he is working on a private member’s bill to target gas theft.

“People think when they do this, they’re hurting the oil company but they’re hurting, essentially, the minimum wage worker who’s just trying to do their job,” he told 680News.

Colle said not enough is done to protect workers whose safety is at risk when gas theft occurs.

In addition to paying upfront for gas, Colle would like to see the common practice of penalizing employees for losses as a result of theft tackled.

‘We’ve got to stop this unwritten practice and policy whereby gas station attendants are held liable for any thefts and it is taken out of their payroll.”

Despite laws prohibiting the practice, Colle said he has heard that gas station workers have at times losses deducted from their pay.

He would also like to see those convicted of gas theft have their driver licence revoked.

The Ontario Federation of Labour is launching a hotline to report gas stations and late night retailers that dock an employee’s pay due to a theft.

Meanwhile, Toronto police are looking for Toronto man, Max Edwin Tutiven, 39, wanted on a second-degree murder charge in Saturday’s incident.

Jayesh Prajapati, 44, was struck and dragged after attempting to stop a driver who filled up his tank with $112 worth of gas and fled the station without paying.

He died of his injuries in hospital.


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