HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) _ A gas station attendant robbed at gunpoint this summer should have to pay back the money taken by the bandit because he didn't follow company policies, his former boss says.

Joel Mongrain, 25, was negligent in allowing more than $1,200 to accumulate in the till before a July 9 afternoon robbery, Scott Carr, manager of a Pioneer Petroleums station, said in a lawsuit filed in Hamilton small claims court.

Company policy requires attendants to make regular cash drops when they have more than $100 in the till.

But Mongrain, who quit three days after the holdup, said he was simply too busy at the full-service gas station that day to make the deposits.

Pioneer covered the first $300 stolen, but Carr had to pay the remaining $931.76.

Pioneer's president, Jim Flindall, said he supports Carr's lawsuit, which goes to court Tuesday.

``That level of loss attracts other robbers,'' he said. ``I don't want to have to go to a funeral some day and say, `Well, we had a policy but we didn't follow it.'''