The death of a Toronto gasoline station attendant who was killed trying to stop a man from driving away without paying for fuel has cast a spotlight on working conditions for vulnerable workers who may be held responsible by their bosses for deadbeat customers.
Here's a survey of recent so-called "gas-and-dash" deaths across Canada:
- Jayesh Prajapati, 44, died last Saturday night at the midtown Toronto Shell gas station where he worked after he was struck and dragged by an SUV driver who had filled up with $112 worth of gas and fled without paying.
- Grant de Patie, a 25-year-old gas station attendant, was killed in 2005 when a teenage driver refused to pay $12 for gas in Maple Ridge, B.C. His death prompted Grant's Law, a provincial law that implemented the pay-before-you-pump system at all B.C. gas stations.
- Jimmy Wiebe, 50, was shot during a night-time robbery while working alone at a Shell station in Saskatoon in 2011. The province is considering passing Jimmy's Law to protect workers in such situations.
- Hashem Atifeh Rad, 62, was killed when he tried to stop a driver from leaving without paying at a Petro-Canada station in Mississauga, Ont., in May 2011.