Beloved 77-Year-Old Toll Booth Collector Canned For Having A Generous Heart

toll boothYou hate to think that there's some truth to the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished," but this story certainly illustrates that adage. Get this: Florida toll booth worker Vladislav Samsonov, 77, was terminated for accidentally undercharging a driver and making up the difference out of his own pocket. Say what??


When the toll taker, who goes by the name "Sam," realized his error, he added $5.50 of his own money to the register. It was something the veteran toll collector is said to have done many times over the course of almost 30 years at his post if drivers turned up short on change. 

And his generosity didn't stop there. Sam was known to keep a supply of lollipops on hand to pass out to little road trippers and dog treats for cruising canines. So sweet!

Needless to say, he was as baffled as the rest of us when his benevolence got him demoted from his five-day shift down to two. He told the media:

In my eyes there was no crime committed, I just helped somebody out. If I can't be trusted for five days, how can I be trusted for two days?

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When he refused to take the shorter work week, he was terminated.

Doesn't this story just break your heart? In some states it can be tough to even get an acknowledgement from a toll taker, let alone a little help with the fare plus something for your kids and pet! 

Imagine driving up to a toll booth only to realize you're short on cash. But rather than having to pull over, fill out a form, or dig down into your car seats or under the floor mats, the toll taker says he's got you covered? It seems too good to be true. It's a shame that now it is. 

Even though it's probably devastating for his career to end this way, we hope that Sam can find a new gig where his generous spirit is treasured for the breath of fresh air that it is!


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