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Two poignant gas and dash quotes

These comments were posted on my Facebook page after my last post:

– “When I worked at a gas station, I was asked to pay for stolen gas. I flat out refused, but I know others didn’t. I suspect this is the common thread in these deaths. I don’t understand the argument against pre-pay if it reduces theft and saves lives. Is it simply that gas stations don’t want to pay to upgrade their pumps? Is it cheaper to bully employees and hope no one files a wrongful death suit when the truth finally comes out?” (Former gas station attendant in BC)

– “Grant’s Law, in my opinion, is a great thing here. You don’t go to WalMart, throw your junk in the car, and then go in and pay for it. Back in the day, shortages from runaways was usually between $600 and $1000. That’s profit right off the bottom line.” (Gas station manager in BC)

It looks like Ontario will now consider legislation. A private member’s bill is in the works from Liberal MPP Mike Colle. The remaining provincial governments will likely do nothing until they experience their own gruesome tragedies, grieving families, media spectacles and political firestorms. (The exception here is BC, which was forced to act six years ago thanks to the tireless advocacy of Doug De Patie.)