UTICA, N.Y. - One local Thruway worker is celebrating three decades of taking tolls at Exit 31 in Utica.
Bill George has found stability for nearly 30 years in a booth most people consider a stop along the way.
"I started almost 30 years ago. I work part-time, collecting tolls," George said. "It's convenient being part-time. I can pick and choose when I want to work and I've always had other jobs besides this. Right now, I do a lot of volunteer work."
While Thanksgiving will likely always be one of the Thruway's busiest times of year, George says inventions like EZ-Pass have changed the way he interacts with holiday travelers.
"Seems like people are more in a hurry than they were before," George said. "The interaction is a little bit different because they are in a hurry and there's not much conversation."
In fact, the Thanksgiving rush has become more familiar to George than the holiday itself.
"It's just another day, I've gotten used to it through the 30 years," George said. "It's okay though, there's other people who get to enjoy it."