Video: Drivers detained for paying tolls with U.S. currency

A man in Tampa, Fla., has uncovered what he calls an illegal scheme by the state’s turnpike authority to detain motorists who pay tolls with $20, $50 or $100 bills until they disclose personal information recorded by the state.

Joel Chandler first became aware of the practice when he paid a $1 toll with a $100 bill, and the toll taker refused to let his car pass until he filled out a personal information form. He then started testing the system, taping his encounters as he went through toll booths.

“This is a serious, serious criminal offense,” Chandler told Tampa’s WTSP-TV, “to illegally detain somebody without legal authority.”

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