OK, so my niece is driving back to the South Shore from dropping me off at the Mini dealership in Peabody so I could pick up my car. She gets to the Tobin ($3.00 toll) and since she doesn’t drive the toll roads of MA often, she does not have a Fast Pass. At the toll booth, she performs a complete search of her vehicle and comes up $0.70 short. The jerk writes her a $50 ticket – for being 70 cents short of the $3.00 toll. WTF? He then tells her if she comes back and pays him the 70 cents, he will void the ticket. Long story short: she gets off an exit somewhere in Boston, finds an ATM, withdraws some cash, gets lost in Boston getting back on Rt. 1, gets lost in Revere trying to get BACK onto the Tobin Bridge – to give this guy 70 cents. The icing on the cake: he charges her ANOTHER $3, because she crossed the bridge again.

She was unable to pick up her kids from school – she had to call her husband so he could leave early from his job to race to the school to pick them up.

Calculate the gas wasted (by my niece – driving randomly around the poorly marked streets of Boston, into Revere, through ‘lovely” Chelsea), the wages lost (by her husband, leaving work early), how inconvenienced the school was waiting for the kids’ father to arrive…To pay the toll taker 70 freaking cents.

Is this the harassment that the taxpayers of MA are paying for?

What if she was a tourist? Nice freakin’ impression she would have of the city and the State (excuse me, Communist-wealth) employees.

Welcome to Boston. Screw you.