Only in New York as we all say. Here's one for the books. A New York City cab driver is accused of driving on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge over 3,000 times and roughly 1,000 times through the midtown tunnel without paying the toll booths by tailgating through the E-Z Pass lanes. This is no joke as we know. $28,242.50 in unpaid tolls. Makes you wince just thinking about how much you paid in tolls while this cabbie literally "squeezed through."
The gate finally came down on 69-year-old cab driver Rodolfo Sanchez who during a two year period managed to avoid paying $28,242.50 by closely following other drivers through the E-Z Pass toll booth lanes before the barrier dropped down, reports DNAInfo. He has been charged with grand larceny, theft of services and criminal possession of stolen property. He only recently was caught due to his latest illegal use of an E-Z pass that was reported lost but still had a signal. Sanchez admitted that he knew there was no money on it but needed to use the pass because he needed money for his family.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels chief of security Donald Look said, "This type of behavior is egregiously unfair to the millions of honest motorists who pay tolls every day. "
The cab driver has a court date on May 22 and if convicted, could spend up to seven years in prison. So there it is, if you have ever fantasied about ways to beat that toll as you enter the booth, now you know....don't. It doesn't .....pay.