Free Ride

Maybe you heard that SunPass will be down for a weSunpass cashek starting today “for upgrades.” Evidently you’ll still be automatically charged when you go through toll stations, but you won’t be able to replenish your account on-line for a while.

The same day I read this news (yesterday), I get a notice in the mail – snail mail, not e-mail – informing me that my SunPass account balance is $0.00, which is a violation of the terms and conditions of my contract. I am to remedy this circumstance promptly, but in the meantime, I must remove the transponder and “pay cash at tolls.”

Seriously? When’s the last time there was anybody collecting tolls in South Florida? I think the last guy standing was on Card Sound Road in the Keys, and he’s gone about a year.

The date on the note from SunPass is May 14, 2018. Snail mail indeed. Maybe the post office vehicle was stuck at a toll booth.

There’s something at the bottom of the note, too, but the print is so small I can’t read it. Looks like it might be Spanish, too. That, too, sends an intriguing message, innit.

Just for the record, my balance isn’t zero: at the beginning of June, when I file for reimbursement of expenses, I visit the website to get records of payments and check the balance. This suggests the state is (1) wrong, (b) late, and (emoji confused) FUBAR.  Honk your horn if you’re surprised.

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4 Responses to Free Ride

  1. Travis T says:

    Just toss dollar bills out on the road as you breeze on through under the toll towers. The cameras will record it, and you’ll be fine.

  2. Sue Perfluous (not my real name) says:

    I’m still upset at the the new transponders. I miss the satisfying electronic beep! ithey used to emit when the toll was charged, and the digital read-out that told us the amount of the toll and balance in the account.

  3. Joe Balls says:

    Haha! “Ass Gas Grass — Nobody rides for free.”

  4. Flaming Yon says:

    Am I the only one bothered by the sight of all those transponders’ gooey undersides stuck to windshields? Gross! Why can’t we just leave them on the dashboard?

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