Irony department: A man with the last name of Stiff had the largest amount of unpaid tolls in Pennsylvania. He stiffed that state for nearly $128,000 in unpaid tolls and resulting fines. He was recently caught by an aggressive Turnpike Commission now pursuing felony charges for those who owe $2,000 or more. A settlement for a lesser amount than the $128K was reached.
The worst toll evader in Pennsylvania is being ordered to pay up.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Jarrett Stiff didn’t pay for trips on the Pennsylvania Turnpike 2,264 times from 2012 to 2017, more than anyone else in the state. The 36-year-old from suburban Philadelphia racked up nearly $128,000 in unpaid tolls and subsequent fines.
In a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty in April to theft of services, was ordered to pay over $11,500 and was sentenced to five years’ probation.
A cashless tolling system is in place in PA on the turnpike where license plates are recorded and bills are sent. Drivers just keep driving at normal speeds through toll points. You get bill from this system even if you have license plates from another state. (Source: CBSLocal (Dec 2015) )
Could this be a case of nominative determinism? There are many people who live up to their names in funny ways.
Nominative determinism is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. The term was first used in the magazine New Scientist in 1994, after the magazine’s humorous Feedback column noted several studies carried out by researchers with remarkably fitting surnames. …
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