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Toll roads allow drivers to travel to their destinations quicker for a price. Depending on the urgency, some drivers will try to quickly drive through and pay the toll at the toll booth.

Can be becoming a Discredited Trope due to toll roads adopting electronic payment systems that don't require the car to stop.


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Comic Strips

  • Inverted in one Dilbert comic; toll booth attendants make Dilbert nervous, and he doesn't know why, so he goes to extra lengths not to annoy them: he turns his radio down, makes sure he has exact change for the toll, and always wishes them a good morning.
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Film

  • Hudson Hawk: the titular character is in an out of control ambulance gurney. He manages to get one arm loose so he can toss change into the toll booth so he can keep careening out of control because the bad guys are after him.
  • In The Gumball Rally, two cars attempt to get through a toll lane ahead of one another. This results in both cars getting wedged between the toll booths.
  • Blazing Saddles: An army of anachronistic villains out to destroy the town of Rock Ridge is stopped dead in their tracks by a toll booth erected in the desert. Absolutely nothing prevents them from going around, but they send runners back for change and then pay and go through one at a time.

Literature

  • In Bored of the Rings, the Riv'n'Dell Elves stop the Black Riders chasing Frito by means of a toll booth that charges an exorbitant toll from anyone who fits the "black rider" description.
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Western Animation

  • Superman: The Animated Series: in the episode "Speed Demons", Superman and The Flash speed past a toll house while paying the toll. The toll house operator and the driver next to him look at the superheroes in awe as the latter's coins are spinning on the collection plate.
  • Family Guy:
    • In the episode "Peterotica", where Lois' father goes broke, Peter shows Carter and his friends the lifestyles of average people. At a toll booth, Peter asks them if they have a spare quarter, to which they say no, so Peter and the gang resort to mooning at the booth.
    • Another episode has Peter wearing a Middle Eastern costume at the toll booth, with the guard checking his skin tone whether he's "Okay".
  • The Fox and the Crow cartoon "Toll Bridge Troubles" has Crawford Crow trying to sneak past tollbooth attendant Faunterloy Fox in order to not pay the toll.
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  • In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Rabbit Transit", Bugs, in the middle of a cross-country race, approaches a toll bridge, but jumps into the river and swims across instead.
  • In Dilbert, Dilbert is stuck in traffic. The cause? Despite the freeway being 5 lanes wide, only 1 toll booth is open. Even worse, the guy currently at the toll booth is trying to flick his quarter into the coin slot and misses several times in a row.
  • The Simpsons:
    • At the end of "All's Fair in Oven War", Cletus gets revenge on James Caan by having the Spuckler clan ambush him at a toll booth, which Caan hates for obvious reasons.
    • The opening to "Homer's Paternity Coot" starts has Marge protesting the installation of a toll booth on a road she drives down every day.
    Coin Basket: Do it , Marge! Today, 75 cents. In five years, 80! MUAHAHAHAHA! Assuming voter approval.

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