68-year-old man jailed for paying toll with tokens

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6 Responses to “68-year-old man jailed for paying toll with tokens”

  1. Anonymous says:

    When you pay money for a token or a gift voucher for example, then you are basically attempting to exchange money for goods or services that are to be received at a later date.. you are not purchasing the voucher or token as a product in and of itself. Therefore, if you are unable to exchange this token or voucher, you are entitled to receive back your money.

    In this case, if 50 cents bought two tokens, the buyer is entitled to receive that amount back from the state.

    Even with an expiry date on a token/voucher, it is debatable whether that expiry date applies if you have yet to receive any goods or service for your money.

  2. webkris says:

    As a native of the “Live Free or Die” state – I want to add that those tokens were sold for half price. So, $10 would net you 80 tokens (not 40 quarters) when they were offered. Thus making the $0.50 toll a $0.25 toll for the token buyers.

    I’m not sure if they made an attempt to offer a refund for people with stockpiles of tokens. That for me would make the difference in a legal case here. Normal people would maybe have a handful in the car at any time.

    - Kris

  3. jim says:

    Jensen may be technically correct, but he’s still a crank. Although, I think he should have been allowed a trial.

  4. kiint says:

    I swear to god, for a couple of seconds I though the headline read:

    “68-year-old man jailed for paying toll with kittens”

    and I thought, oh yeah, well some people, you just never know, etc etc….

  5. Duane says:

    As has been pointed out elsewhere, the cost of putting him jail for a couple of days far outweighs the cost of the tokens. If they’ve stopped issuing the tokens, then it seems like the logical policy would be to figure out how many are still outstanding, continue accepting them until the appropriate percentage are out of circulation, and then just drop the rest on the floor on the rare occasion that they continue to trickle in. It’s eventually a problem that will fall to zero.

    If you sold them to the guy, you should have some level of contract agreeing to either accept them from him, or at least buy them back. You can’t just say “Nope, we took your money, gave you tokens, and then decided that the tokens aren’t worth anything anymore, sorry.”

  6. Shmuel says:

    “Meh. There was a grace period to use them that expired 2 years ago.”

    At the time, it had been less than three months, if that helps any…

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