Liberal MPP Mike Colle will introduce the bill during a session of parliament, making it a requirement that customers pay for gas before filling up at the pumps. The bill will be called “Jayesh’s Law” in honour of 44-year-old Jayesh Prajapati, a Toronto gas station attendant who was killed in a gas and dash over the weekend. (via ‘Pay before you pump’ law considered in Ontario)
- Prajapati was fatally struck by a vehicle at a Shell gas station located at the intersection of Marlee and Roselawn Avenues, west of Allen Road, last Saturday after trying to stop the driver from leaving without paying a $112 gas bill.
- Prepayment at gas stations became mandatory in British Columbia after a man was dragged to death while trying to stop a $12 gas and dash in 2008. The practice is also common in parts of the U.S.
- Police have issued a warrant for 39-year-old Max Edwin Tutiven, who faces a charge of second-degree murder. They are urging Tutiven to turn himself in.
NOTE TO NEIL: I thought the same thing, but the original article makes the point that even though there was no such official practice, the man’s wages were being “unofficially” withheld, according to his wife. The idea of the law is then to offer stronger protection to such people working for very low wages who cannot probably afford a lawyer anyway.