] Recently, while giving away yet another $1.00 of my
] hard-earned money for the privilege of driving into town,
] I wondered: how flexible are they about the tolls? So I
] decided to undertake a series of experiments.
] There are three ways to pay tolls on the "Mass Pike," as
] we call it:
] 1) You can drive through the "Fast Lane," which is a
] computerized system that detects a small device that you
] keep on your windshield, while pelting your car with
] gamma rays and slowly giving you cancer of the prostate.
] All Fast Lanes require that you slow your car to 15 mph,
] and some make you stop completely, giving new meaning to
] the word "Fast."
] 2) You can pay cash to the friendly toll booth operator,
] who will give you change, and, if you're lucky, a surly
] 3) If you have exact change, you can use the "baskets,"
] which are big scoop-shaped buckets into which you throw
] your money. The money slides down a chute, where it is
] then processed by either highly efficient money-sorting
] machinery, or financially astute elves. It's a mystery.
If you have a few minutes read through it. It is rather funny. I especially like the last experiment and letters.
Avoiding Tolls On The Massachusetts Turnpike