Today I went and got an Ipass. For those who don’t know what that is I will explain.
See, here in lovely IL, we have these pieces of shit knows as Tollways. On these things, you get to pay for the privilage of sitting in traffic. Not only that, they actually cause MORE traffic cuz you have to stop at these fucking tollbooths and cough up the dough. Often times, in front of you will be some fuckwit who, even though he/she knows they are on a tollway and thus must pony up some cash, will wait until they are at the booth to start and look for some change to feed the booth! Unless you have to endure this, there is no way you can imagine the frustration.
The Ipass is a gimmick that lets you pass thru a special lane without stopping and then they just charge you for it, thus you won’t have to stop and wait for the retard in the SUV who doesn’t know how to count to 40 in change. The lady combustion swore by the Ipass and told me I should get one and I was resistant but I finally caved in and she was right, they do save you some time and frustration. I’d rather not pay at all cuz I think that tollways are bullshit, and a ripoff, but since there is no way to cheat the tolls, and I have to pay, this is a better alternative to what I was going thru on my commute to and from work every day. On top of that, I don’t have to worry about always making sure I have some change in the car.
I conned my Dad into getting one a few years ago. I figured you would never run out of tokens or I woul dhave bugged you back then. They are the best thing.
It’s called EZ-Pass on the east coast. I’ve found it very helpful and time saving.
Only problem is many people have had transponders “die” (i.e., stop working) without user’s knowledge.
Then people go through tolls and receive violations in the mail. It’s a minor hassle to resolve (send back old transponder, get new one), but a hassle none the less.
There was a recent incident where Philadelphia Flyers player Jeremy Roenick had a bad transponder and the lazy EZ-Pass people mis-read the license plate on his violations and sent them all to some dude who had a similar license plate.
It’s kind of like those automatic photo ticket enforcer things at traffic lights. As technology progresses, we have to deal with these things.
As for people worrying about big brother, i think he’s already been here for a while…
You haven’t lived till you’ve experienced the genius of the Mass Pike, where about 12 tollbooths merge immediately into 4 lanes. Every goddam morning it took me half an hour to go about half a mile. I am the queen of road rage.