Outrageous FL Vet Loses Toll Collector Job After Paying Driver's $5 Fare
A Florida veteran says he was fired from his job as a toll worker after he paid a driver's $5 fee.
Vladislav "Sam" Samsonov said he made a mistake last week when he charged a truck driver too little.
So he made up the difference, which he says he did from time to time during his 29 years on the job.
Samsonov said his bosses had asked him not to do that, but he had never received any formal punishment.
As punishment, the authority offered him two days a week instead of five, which he declined.
"If I can't be trusted for five days, how can I be trusted for two days?" Samsonov said.
So he was terminated. NBC2 asked the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority for comment, and they told me they do not discuss personnel matters
Locals had come to know "Sam" over the years, since he worked at the same spot on the Boca Grande Causeway.
Samsonov said he enjoyed the job because he got to interact with people all day long. He said he now plans to do volunteer work.