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Old 11-22-05, 10:34 PM
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Golden Gate Bridge toll collectors get body armor

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Golden Gate Bridge toll collectors get body armor
Nov 22 3:20 PM US/Eastern
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Toll collectors at San Francisco's landmark Golden Gate Bridge have been issued body armor to guard against armed bandits.

"We did a review of safety procedures and added this tool to the toll box for collectors," bridge authority spokeswoman Mary Currie said Tuesday. "This is really the right thing to do."

The "bullet resistant" protective vests have been bought for all 42 toll collectors at a total cost of 21,000 dollars, Currie said.

Wearing vests is optional, but about half of the collectors have chosen to be protected while on duty. The vests are reportedly most popular with those working evenings or nights.

"The folks that are wearing them are pleased to have that added psychological edge," said Curry.

The spokeswoman said the Golden Gate Bridge is typically a friendly environment for toll takers, with some motorists giving them gifts of chocolates or flowers during the winter holiday season.
psychological edge
but I thought san fran was safe now, they banned handguns
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Old 11-22-05, 11:15 PM
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The toll collectors are scared now that they had to give up their guns.

The criminals still have their guns.
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Old 11-22-05, 11:38 PM
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I'd rather trust a postal worker owning a weapon than a toll collector.
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Is this a joke? This is only the second time they've been robbed since the bridge opened like 70 years ago!

Toll collectors on the Golden Gate Bridge have been given bulletproof vests to wear while on duty, bridge officials said.

The vests were issued to 42 bridge employees last week in response to the shooting and robbery of a toll worker in April. The suspect, a man driving a stolen car, was shot in the leg by bridge authorities as he tried to flee on foot, officials said. Marcellus Cooksey, 42, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder, one count of robbery and stolen vehicle and gun charges.

It was only the second robbery since the bridge opened in 1936, and the first involving a shooting, officials said.

About half of the toll takers are now wearing the $500 vests, mostly night shift workers, said bridge district spokeswoman Mary Currie.

"The vests give the toll takers a psychological edge," Currie said.

An armed guard was posted at the toll plaza immediately after the shooting while bridge officials discussed ways to protect workers. Officials are also considering installing bulletproof glass on toll booths.
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-Comment Removed- It costs $5 to cross the GGB. This will probably give them an excuse to raise to $7. Nothing accomplish.

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Old 11-23-05, 12:52 AM
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-Comment Removed- It costs $5 to cross the GGB. This will probably give them an excuse to raise to $7. Nothing accomplish.
Ahem... that's "Body Armor. $7 toll. Mission Accomplished."

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Originally Posted by Myster X
-Comment Removed- It costs $5 to cross the GGB. This will probably give them an excuse to raise to $7. Nothing accomplish.
$5?
holy shit. I can get into canada cheaper than that
the profit that bridge generates must be huge

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Old 11-23-05, 08:16 PM
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At least KBR didn't buy the vests. We'd be talking $21 Million.
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Old 11-24-05, 12:14 AM
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$5?
holy shit. I can get into canada cheaper than that
the profit that bridge generates must be huge
Nope. Bridge officials are still bitching that $5 is not enough to cover the operating cost.
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Nope. Bridge officials are still bitching that $5 is not enough to cover the operating cost.
Well, Gold is not only expensive to polish, but it's also a soft metal and requires frequent maintenance. Should have built the bridge out of steel instead.
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Do they get to take the vests with them to use at home? Why give each toll collector a separate vest? I wonder if they are they all on duty at the same time.
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