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No more paying it forward for the driver behind you at the Georgia 400 toll plaza.

No more Mr. Nice Guy, or Girl.

A new rule from the State Road and Tollway Authority bans drivers from paying the toll for the person behind them in line.

That became something of a local tradition over the last 20 years.

But The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that some drivers had recently complained about cashiers pocketing the extra 50 cents when they didn’t see their money being tossed into the coin basket for the driver behind them.

The deputy executive director of the State Road and Toll way Authority, Bert Brantley, says a driver might not see the extra money being thrown into the change basket because the next motorist sometimes declined the money, allowing it to be passed to another driver.

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You can’t pay forward with tolls,

Though it may be one of your goals;

The state has just banned it,

Some toll takers were bandits,

Save your cash for nasty old trolls.


You can’t do a person a favor,

It’s now not proper behavior;

In Georgia it’s wrong,

They’ll give you the gong,

I won’t do it, but maybe you’re braver.



© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

All rights reserved.

Comments on: "Friction Found For Forward Favors" (2)

  1. I don’t do it here – we can’t.

    We use an electronic cash card that deducts the precise amount. Been doing this for years. No need to worry about over/under paying and security guards to escort the money to the coffers.

    Oh, also keeps the toll attendents honest.

    Technology has not caught up in some places, I see.

  2. cpsingleton42 said:

    How rude of those trolls!!

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