Beloved Toll Collector Fired After 30 Years On the Job For Paying $5 Toll

Publish Date
Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 8:54AM

A Florida community is rallying around a local toll collector, saying that he was fired unjustly for paying someone else's toll.

Vladislav "Sam" Samsonov had been working at the Gasparilla Island Bridge for nearly 30 years.

He's known to have treats on hand for dogs, and lollipops for the kids.

"After 29 years, you can't help it. I gave children suckers 20 years ago," the veteran told NBC-2 "Now I'm giving those children suckers for their children."

But it all came to an end when he was fired last week.

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