The Not-So-EZ Pass
RAY: This next puzzler is quasi-automotive. It came from a fellow named Alex Schoen. Evidently this little letter was in a major newspaper a few years ago. Alex says, "due to copyright issues, you may want to change the names. But by the time you read it in 20 years, it probably won't matter."
Here's the letter:
"After moving to Nashville from New York recently, it occurred to me that I no longer had a pressing use for my EZ Pass."
(EZ Pass is the electronic transponder that allows you to go through tunnels and over bridges without having to stop and pay currency at tolls.)
The letter continues, "Following the EZ Pass instructions, I filled out a few forms and dropped my pass off at UPS, destination Staten Island Service Center.
"Two weeks passed, and I received my normal EZ Pass e-mail statement. I entered my account and, lo and behold, my recently surrendered pass had been used by someone driving all over the New York Metro area! I was incensed!
"I immediately called EZ Pass and informed them that someone had stolen my pass. I explained that I had mailed the pass and now someone was running up my bill and I didn't know why.
"The representative on the other end of the phone explained everything."
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