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Petrol station worker smashes car with iron bar
3:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A PETROL station worker has kept his job despite smashing the window of a car after wrongly assuming the driver was about to make-off without paying for fuel.
Police arrested the award-winning customer services assistant at the Daneholes Texaco petrol station, in Stanford Road, after he took it upon himself to smash the driver’s window with an iron bar.
The driver of the car said he had simply moved his car forward five-feet after topping it up with petrol, to allow the vehicle behind him to fill up while he went in and paid as the forecourt was very busy.
As he went to get out of his car, he saw the worker approaching. The next thing he knew an iron bar had been put through his window during a terrifying outburst.
The worker then walked casually back into the kiosk and began serving customers again.
The driver of the car, a 28-year-old man from Tilbury, who did not wish to be named, said: “I saw someone swinging a big iron bar.
“It smashed the drivers side window, the lock and dented the door. It just missed my face. I was absolutely petrified and shocked.
“Then he started walking off. I followed him into the shop but he was back behind the counter.
"I screamed at him ‘what the hell are you doing?’ and he said he was going to ring the police. I told him I already had.”
Police cautioned the man and ordered him to pay the driver compensation but remarkably, he has been spared the sack.
The petrol station is owned by Malthurst Fuels, who sell Texaco’s fuel while also employing another company to run the kiosk and employ the workers. The worker’s boss said the incident was “completely out of character”.
David Hathaway, head of Human Resources at Malthurst Fuels, said: “I have spoken to the company that employ the man involved in this incident. “He has been there for ten years and the view of his boss is that this was completely out of character.
"He has an unblemished character and has even won awards for his customer service.
“He was suspended for a day and has been given a final written warning, but will return to work.
“I don’t think it is trying to condone his actions. We at Malthouse certainly don’t.
“But it seems the view has been taken that this is the first incident concerning this individual and so he should be given another chance. We are grateful no one was hurt.”
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