When Toowoomba man Kyle Scott Joyce forgot his wallet when getting fuel, he left his licence with staff with the intention to return and pay.
But he failed to return – twice.
The Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard Joyce pulled up to pump six at the United fuel station at Loganlea about 9.55pm on March 16.
After pumping 35L of fuel into his red Mitsubishi Lancer, he walked into the shop to pay the $40.50 bill only to tell staff he had forgotten his wallet.
Joyce left his licence with staff and said he would return to pay the bill, but never did.
Less than a month later, Joyce pulled into the BP service station on the New England Hwy at Highfields about 6.55pm on April 8.
He pumped about 31L of e10 petrol into the same car and walked inside to pay but said he didn’t have the money to pay.
He left his expired licence with staff and said he would return to pay for the fuel.
Police were called to investigate both matters and on May 28, spoke with Joyce at his Toowoomba home where he admitted to not paying for fuel.
He was issued with an order to give his identifying particulars to police by June 6 but failed to show.
He was again spoken to on June 28 and given a notice to appear in court.
Solicitor Phil Stainton said Joyce, 21, had recently become a new father with his partner and things had “gotten on top of the couple”.
He said the drive-off offences were different to others with respect to Joyce leaving his ID with staff.
Mr Stainton said his client pleaded guilty to the two counts of unauthorised dealing with shop goods and one count of contravening a direction of the police.
Magistrate Graham Lee fined him him $300 for failing to pay for the fuel and ordering he repay the combined $73.10 fuel bill.
Joyce was further fined $300 for contravening a direction of police.
Extracted in full from The Reporter.