A toll attendant swiped Rs. 4 lakh instead of Rs. 40 from a Mumbai doctor’s debit card at Gundmi Toll Gate on the Kochi-Mumbai National Highway near Udupi on Mar.11.
The doctor is M.S. Rao, a resident of Colaba, Mumbai, who was travelling in his chauffeur-driven car (MH-02-J-2312) to Mumbai via Mangaluru. At around 10.30 pm, he gave his debit card to pay Rs. 40 toll at the check-post. The attendant, after swiping the card, gave the sale receipt and the toll receipt to the doctor.
The doctor, however, received a text message on his mobile phone that Rs. 4 lakh had been debited from his account. He immediately brought it to the notice of the toll gate staff who refused to acknowledge their mistake. The doctor then proceeded to Kota Police Station to file a complaint and returned to the toll gate with a Head Constable.
Finally, the toll booth personnel admitted that the attendant had entered the wrong amount and offered to reimburse the excess amount by cheque. But the doctor insisted he wanted the entire amount in cash. For this, he had to wait the whole night till the toll personnel were able to collect Rs. 4 lakh cash. They later handed over Rs. 3,99,960 to the doctor at about 4 am. According to the Kota Police, no complaint was filed.