By Fr Jim Cogley
In the days before toll booths were automated cashiers were employed to take the toll from motorists. One of them who worked on the M50 tells the story of a motorist that she
noticed on several occasions who would always pay for the next car coming after him. Hearing that the toll had already been paid the next driver would usually smile in gratitude and say ‘then I must do the same.’ So she said ten, twelve or even twenty cars might do likewise, all with smiling happy faces at no cost to themselves. Inevitable another driver would arrive to be told that the person ahead had paid the toll and instead of being appreciative would give a smart remark or just a grunt and drive on. Of course in doing so the chain of appreciation was broken there and then, and faces returned to normal.