Know Your laws: Making off without payment

Know Your laws: Making off without payment

‘Know Your Laws”  is a production of the Press Office of the Royal St Lucia Police Force.

Did you know? According to section:


(1) Subject to subsection (3), a person who, knowing that payment on the spot for any goods supplied or service done is required or expected from him or her, dishonestly makes off without having paid as required or expected and with intent to avoid payment of the amount due commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for 3 years.

(2) For purposes of this section “payment on the spot” includes payment at the time of collecting goods on which work has been done or in respect of which service has been provided.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply where the supply of the goods or the doing of the service is contrary to law, or where the service done is such that payment is not legally enforceable.

(4) Any person may arrest without warrant anyone who is, or whom he or she, with reasonable cause, suspects to be, committing or attempting to commit an offence under this section.

“So spread the word to those who don’t know, that it is illegal for someone to walk away and not paying for goods or services”.


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  1. Does this applies to payment of house rent where people rent ones house and leaves without paying??


  2. The law is specific. Unless there are special arrangements between you and the establishment you are to pay after receiving the goods or services or risk arrest and prosecution

    For instance if you drove into a gas station and request that your tank be filled and you take off without paying then you have committed an offence which you can be arrested and charged for. Like wise entering a restaurant ordering food and leaving without paying.


  3. those thiss apply to restaurants like for instance if i order food and then the food is crappy i didnt get what i ordered and the service is also crappy and i say am not paying for this crap if i walk away will that get me arrested if yes then alot of tourist can be arrested


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