Skip to comments.Man Jailed Over 50-Cent Toll
Posted on 09/16/2007 8:15:23 AM PDT by buccaneer81
Man Jailed Over 50-Cent Toll Mass. Resident Considering Lawsuit
POSTED: 6:49 am EDT September 14, 2007 UPDATED: 1:18 pm EDT September 15, 2007
ROCHESTER, N.H. -- A Massachusetts man who insists his New Hampshire highway tokens are still valid just spent three days in jail because he insisted on using two tokens to pay a 50-cent toll.
Thomas Jensen, 68, of Braintree, said the state broke a contract with him and everyone else who bought tokens by refusing to accept them after January of last year. He was convicted of theft of services for continuing to use tokens after they were phased out.
I gave the state of New Hampshire money for the tokens, and I expect to be able to use them, Jensen told The Patriot Ledger.
Jensen was driving to his New Hampshire summer home when he tried to pay the 50-cent toll with tokens, as he had always done.
The toll worker refused to take them and a state trooper at the plaza gave Jensen a citation.
(The trooper) said, Just give him the 50 cents. I said, I did, I gave him two tokens, Jensen told the newspaper.
Monday, a judge told Jensen he could pay a $150 fine, do community service or go to jail for three days. He choose jail.
Over my dead body was I going to give the state another dollar for the tolls, Jensen said.
He told the newspaper that the jail was a clean, new facility and that the food was better than expected. He said he spent his time in jail talking with other inmates.
Jensen never told his wife he was in jail. Beverly Jensen said she only found out when asked by a television news reporter.
After being set free Thursday, Jensen said he's considering a lawsuit. He said the state should just accept tokens until they're all used up.
I just get offended by people trying to do me wrong, he said. They stole the value of these tokens from me.
So what’s it cost to send a person to jail for three days? When all aspects are included—court staff, jail staff, paperwork, food, facilities costs, etc—it’s got to be at least ten thousand dollars.
Maybe the guy can take comfort in knowing that they spent ten grand or so on him to teach him to pay his 50 cents to the state.
A friend of mine went to the Brevard county jail in Florida for a week or two. Said it was like camp.
Played gin rumy, read, basketball,chess slept and generally had a pleasant time.
Food was a bit crummy.
With all the toll roads planned for Texas, where no toll roads have gone before, guess we’ll just have a DPS trooper take the guy off to the side of the road and shoot him.
Don’t much matter what we think about toll roads, so why bother with a judge and the expense of feeding the guy in one of our jails? Just shoot em.
But you have a point. However, something does not have to be universally perfect to be used as a precedence in a legal case.
Not so. If you bought a roll of $0.34 stamps you can still use them; you just have to add additional stamps to bring the amount paid to the current cost of mailing a first-class letter. The USPS will accept the $0.34 stamps that you've already paid for.
In this case, N.H. went from a token-based system to an electronic-based system. You used to be able to buy a roll of 40 tokens for $5.00 and use the tokens in place of quarters at N.H. tollbooths (a 50% discount). Now you have to have an "EZ-Pass" module stuck to your windshield and you only get a 33% discount. This guy already gave N.H. money for the tokens and now N.H. doesn't want to keep their end of the bargain.
There's really no reason that N.H. can't accept the tokens until they're out of the system.
Your old stamps may not have enough value for the new rates, but you can still use them as long as you add the proper additional postage.
In the case of the tolls, if I am not mistaken, the state refused to accept the older tokens. That is a big difference from the USPS.
If the post office refused to accept certain stamps after raising rates, there would be an uproar from every single town and city in this country.
No, but his wife goes down to the Scully Square station every day at quarter past two and through the open window she hands Charlie a sandwich.
That was probably an administrative law judge. They don’t really hold a trial and it has nothing to do with justice. He just stamps officer dick head’s allegation. He should sue the toll authority for conspiracy and theft, and whatever else he can.
No, he never returned.
The guy did the right thing. He paid for the tokens, and he should be able to use them.
That's right and the uproar would be justified. In this case they don't care about uproar, because only a few were going to be holding these tokens. This is the same as rejecting money after a certain date.
No one's going to care about folks like this guy, so the homos at the toll authority and their phoney court, don't expect pitchforks and torches. As far as the cop goes, he's in on it too as their thug enforcer.
This dude has lots of spunk and cajones. Sign him up and loan him to the Republicans down in Washington!
I understand what all of you are saying. And I agree that standing up for principle is the right thing to do. I guess my 13 day stint in a county jail years ago (false domestic accusation during a divorce,yada,yada) would make me hesitate to revisit the pokey over 50 cents.
WTF? They don't talk much, do they?
Oh, I think most of us who've had dealings with TPS Troopers feel pretty much as you do. I just left off the smiley. :-)
He's 68, they've probably been married for 45 years. He gets away to the summer place to do his thing and she's glad not to have him underfoot for a few days. Sounds good to me. Too much time together can be a marriage killer.
When I was a programmer in Rochester Hills, MI, I struck up a friendship with a young black guy who told me how he quit a bar at 2 a.m. one Sunday and of a sudden had to take a wiz in the dark alley. He no sooner started when he was lit up by a cruiser's spotlight and hauled off to jail.
He called his mom, who immediately wanted to come down and bail him out. He told her not to worry and he had a clean bed, three meals and a snack and color TV. He used the same phrase "like a camp" to describe his experience.