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Would it be frowned upon to give candy to tollbooth workers?

Asked by KatawaGrey (21360 points ) November 25th, 2011

I may be visiting a friend of mine in another state soon and I will be going on toll roads. Would it be a bad idea to bring along a few pieces of sealed candy for the toll booth workers? They have such a crappy job and generally, people treat them so badly, I thought a little something like that might cheer them up, but I don’t want to be flagged for improper conduct or some such nonsense like that.

What does the collective think?

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jrpowell's avatar

Seems like a nice gesture. I would eat it but if they don’t want to they can just smile and toss it in the bin.

TheIntern55's avatar

Aw, that’s actually a really sweet thought. I don’t think anything would be wrong with it.

Bellatrix's avatar

I agree with the other jellies, what a lovely idea. How thoughtful. It is a good idea to make sure it is sealed so they know it’s not tampered with.

lillycoyote's avatar

It seems like a nice gesture to me too. It’s not the greatest job in the world. I think toll booth workers might really enjoy a random act of kindness and appreciation. It’s one of those things where it might be very much appreciated by some and not so much by a few others. I say go for it, on the chance that you might make someone’s or several someones’ day. And if there is someone who doesn’t appreciate it, well, you are in the position of simply driving off and being done with it.

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john65pennington's avatar

Its not a bad idea, but just make sure the cars behind do not rearend your car for making a stop too long.

We know your idea is kind, but the other drivers may not think so. Be careful.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@john65pennington: Wait, so you mean I can’t sit there for a half hour while I dig through my glove box for candy???? Wow, thanks for letting me know that!

My plan was to hand it over with my money.

john65pennington's avatar

Okay, my answer was a little over emphasized in the safety department. All toll booths are not treated equally. The ones in Kentucky are drive-by and sling the money in a hug hopper. No one really stops. But, all are not alike and maybe yours are different.

Giving the candy with your toll fee is an excellent idea.

Being nice to people will always come back to you threefold.

Good for you.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I think it’s a great idea. Like @johnpowell said, they can always throw it away if they don’t want it for some reason.

Moegitto's avatar

It’s a good idea on your side but on their side they’re thinking something else. Funny, I recently got into a heated debate over a situation like this. You may be thinking your doing something nice, but they may be thinking you did something to it. I’m not trying to sound like a pessimist, but I’d kinda take the “don’t do it” route on this one. Plus like people said already, some people are jerks and all they’re gonna do is throw it in the trash.

Roby's avatar

I bet they would prefer a tip in an sealed envelop apart from the regular toll fee.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@Moegitto: That’s exactly why I’m worried. I hate that I have to think about that since I and the majority of people I know would never do something like that, but I know there are people who would tamper with something. That’s why I’m thinking sealed pieces. Maybe I’ll just save this idea for another time. :)

Bellatrix's avatar

Isn’t it sad that such a generous and thoughtful idea has to be shelved because of the realistic fear that some asshats might try to harm other human beings by tampering with candy.
It was a nice idea @KatawaGrey.

rooeytoo's avatar

I always thought toll booth attendants had a pretty good job. They just sit there and take money and get paid for it. Not rocket science but not bad. Why do you think they get treated badly? I have never seen anyone abuse a toll taker, why would anyone do that???

My mom told me never to accept candy from a stranger so I would probably chuck it in the bin and wonder what kind of weirdo would offer it to me???

Bellatrix's avatar

Most of the toll booths around Brisbane are mechanical now but I think it would be an incredibly boring job. Standing/sitting there all day taking cash and handing back change with no opportunity for a chat because you can’t hold up the traffic.

I have seen toll booth attendants cop abuse too because they took too long giving change, gave the person in front directions and held up the traffic or just because people don’t like having to pay tolls. Not a job I would want to do but I do grant you, there is much worse work out there. I think it was nice to consider acknowledging the work of these service industry workers and they can always throw it in the bin if they don’t want it.

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lillycoyote's avatar

@rooeytoo Like any job, there are going to be issues that those of us who don’t have the job don’t consider or know about. Where I live there are signs posted at the toll booths asking people to turn of their windshield wipers when they pay the toll. So apparently, getting pelted with water hurled off of driver’s windshield wipers is one of the not so pleasant aspects of manning a tollbooth. There are probably other things too.

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