It’s routine. It’s perfunctory. And it literally helps us get from point A to point B. You guessed it – it’s filling up a tank of gas.
Unfortunately, at gas stations across Canada, too many lives have been lost in violent incidents involving gas theft – losses that could have been prevented. Familiar with the term “gas-and-dash?” It’s pretty self-explanatory; gas-and-dash crimes happen when an individual takes off without paying for fuel. And sadly, there are many potential victims along the way:
1. The gas station attendant. Perform a Google search of “gas and dash crimes” and you’ll find a list of gas station attendants who’ve lost their lives while trying to stop thieves. This list is too long. You’ll see horrific stories of attendants being struck intentionally by vehicles or dragged out of the station and down the street. You’ll read about the families they left behind and how they’re grieving their loved ones every day.
All for a tank of gas. It’s inconceivable.
2. The gas station customers. Not only are attendants at risk; customers at the station during a gas-and-dash crime are susceptible to injury to their body or damage to their vehicle as the assailant flees the station. Can you imagine making a routine stop to refuel – only to be impacted by such a senseless crime? I’ve never feared for my life when stopping for gas, and I’d like to keep it that way.
3. Pedestrians and motorists along the escape route. The mad dash to get away can claim even more innocent lives – everyday people minding their own business, being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Now you may be thinking, Wow, Lena, you’ve given this a lot of thought! You bet I have – because gas-and-dash crimes can be easily and effectively prevented in the simplest way: by having gas stations implement a prepay policy. Whether customers pay at the pump or in-store before fueling, this one small change can increase safety tenfold and all but eliminate this senseless crime.
Today, I’m proud to share that Husky is taking a stand against incidents involving gas theft; in a mandate to keep both employees and customers safe, they’ve introduced mandatory prepay throughout Canada.
Although prepaying is one of the easiest ways to promote a safer environment at gas stations, in Ontario, it’s a recommended action – not the law. Which leaves the onus on consumers to choose the safest option for ourselves, our families and members of our community. And that’s why we choose to fill up at Husky.
Have I convinced you to pay before you pump? Let me know what you think in the comments.
This post is sponsored by Husky. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.