December 27, 2014 2:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]The toll collector on the Mass Turnpike decided to make a political statement on the driver’s ticket, which didn’t sit too well with him.

Someone had also written a profane expression cursing “the law” on the ticket, jolting the driver out of his morning routine Tuesday as he entered the Turnpike in Weston at 8:20 a.m.

“I don’t like to involve myself in this kind of stuff,” said Mike Murtha, who was driving to work in Worcester when he noticed “this little message” on the toll card and photographed it. He turned in the ticket when he paid his toll, but sent a photo to his girlfriend…

The photo found its way to the state Department of Transportation, which was able to identify the tolltaker who handed it out within hours since each ticket can be traced back to a particular toll booth.

His supervisors questioned the worker, who acknowledged writing the message, said DOT officials, who wouldn’t release his name. The toll collector told his bosses he scribbled the words on one ticket only and hadn’t meant to hand it to anyone.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

15 responses to Toll Taker Suspended For Writing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ On Motorists’ Ticket

  1. R.J. Carter December 27th, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    So he wrote a note to himself, with no intent to distribute, on a piece of paper specially designated to be distributed? Should’ve just said “Oops.”

  2. granpa.usthai December 27th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    well for heaven’s sake, if Mike had a cell phone (check) WTF didn’t he just call 911 and explain there was a toll booth Official about to go down? It’s really simple, Mike, (pull off the road sos you don’t cause an accident – place the vehicle in park) push the numbers 911 -then dial- when prompted: Police, Fire, Medic, select curtain 3 (also might want to keep a pen and paper handy – JIC they have a ‘sexy’ voice and opt to give you their personal phone number) -when asked what’s the problem, tell them you just entered through a toll booth and the Official informed you they were having trouble breathing. Wait for emergency personnel to arrive (usually fire and police will respond also if able) either leave, or see if you can get a ‘free pass’ for doing a good civic duty!

  3. Mike Butkus Jr. December 27th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    be honest I chuckled a little, just reading the head line. Maybe because of the
    workers annoying perseverance that was brought to Mike’s (I don’t want to get
    involved) brain. Well at worst Mike was inconvenienced. I bet he won’t forget it,

    • Mike Butkus Jr. December 27th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      To clarify a little more; Politics does not belong in the work place, nor
      should religion. Two topics that should bring us closer as people, does the complete opposite. You can’t have a strong company if you don’t have unity.

  4. edmeyer_able December 27th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Should be easy enough to verify that it was “only one” and deal w/it appropriately, fire him lose all benefits fine of several thousand dollars and incarceration for 10 years……./s
    Or maybe just a written reprimand to be removed in say 1 year.

    • granpa.usthai December 27th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      make him preform a public service – like OH say 40 hours of collecting tolls when he’s not working?

    • Justin Lynch December 28th, 2014 at 1:44 am

      Incarceration for 10 years for writing “I Can’t Breathe”? the cop that strangled the guy to death didn’t even get indicted on any charges.

  5. mrsgunka December 27th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Thud! Head meets table. And these people work and breed. Scarey isn’t it. A Teaparty scholar!

  6. Pistol-Packing December 27th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Just imagine if the ticket said “Obama is a Socialist” ???

    • edmeyer_able December 27th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      I can’t, why don’t you tell us what you think would happen?

      • Pistol-Packing December 27th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        probably the same thing that is happening now. If the person who received it was miffed…

  7. Foundryman December 27th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    It’s interesting that one public servant would get fired for writing a politically motivated statement impacting one person, ( the ticket holder)..While hundreds of public servants in NY can show their politically motivated desires by disrespecting a Mayor and impacting millions then have right wing nuts honor them for it.

    • edmeyer_able December 27th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Mea culpa for not reading the full story till just now…HOLY SHIT a suspension w/o pay for a dumb mistake yet a cop goes on a 3 month vacation for killing someone WTF

      • rg9rts December 28th, 2014 at 8:22 am

        Welcome to the land of the free and home of the brave

  8. rg9rts December 28th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    This clown is a failure at lying 101 also