Web Catch: A tollbooth worker paid someone's toll – and lost his job


An act of goodwill has cost a beloved toll worker his job.

Vladislav Samsonov, who goes by Sam, worked at the Boca Grande Causeway for nearly 30 years, NBC-2 reports.

After he accidentally charged one driver too little, Samsonov says he aimed to do the right thing by paying the rest of the $5 fee out of his own pocket.

Despite having made similar donations before, this time, the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority offered him a reduced workweek as a penalty for his payment.

He declined – and was then removed from his position.

His firing sparked unhappy responses from the surrounding community.

"I just want him to know how much we really do care about him," Blanche Vedette said.

Samsonov says he's touched by the outpouring of community support.

"Makes me feel good, makes me want to cry. But bite your tongue and you'll be ok."

Watch the full interview above.

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