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Drivers detained for paying tolls with U.S. currency

• Drew Zahn
A man in Tampa, Fla., has uncovered what he calls an illegal scheme by the state's turnpike authority to detain motorists who pay tolls with $20, $50 or $100 bills until they disclose personal information recorded by the state.

Joel Chandler first became aware of the practice when he paid a $1 toll with a $100 bill, and the toll taker refused to let his car pass until he filled out a personal information form. He then started testing the system, taping his encounters as he went through toll booths.

"This is a serious, serious criminal offense," Chandler told Tampa's WTSP-TV, "to illegally detain somebody without legal authority."

A man in Tampa, Fla., has uncovered what he calls an illegal scheme by the state's turnpike authority to detain motorists who pay tolls with $20, $50 or $100 bills until they disclose personal information recorded by the state.

Joel Chandler first became aware of the practice when he paid a $1 toll with a $100 bill, and the toll taker refused to let his car pass until he filled out a personal information form. He then started testing the system, taping his encounters as he went through toll booths.

"This is a serious, serious criminal offense," Chandler told Tampa's WTSP-TV, "to illegally detain somebody without legal authority."

Chandler's brother joined the video investigation and not only found the practice widespread, but also found one toll worker who threatened to call the Florida Highway Patrol if he did not surrender the information.

When Chandler complained about the detentions, however, he says state officials denied the practice and engaged in "a very concerted effort to cover it up."

3 Comments in Response to

Comment by Jerry Alexander
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I think any American caught up in this NAZI crap should snatch the teller out of the booth and kick some ass...it`s a NAZI`S ass you`ll be kicking so,what the hell.

Comment by Jerry Alexander
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So what? The very people that do such dirty deeds go home,hug their wife,and children,set down to dinner,and carry on like nothing happened.They even walk around the neighborhood,go to the park,go shopping and everything an honest American does.They have no fear of what they do,and they keep on doing it.These people have no respect for other people..NONE!! Will anyone put a stop to this...I doubt it.Americans have beers to drink,and games to watch...who the hell has time for their country anymore?..not an American.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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What is funny about this would be to get a bunch of drivers to do it all at once at an opportune time (like rush hour) and shut down the toll.


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