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New Jersey: tokens, rental car, home, rate increase, job.

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Old 10-18-2007, 12:36 PM
 
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The toll used to be a quarter. After the .10 rate increase, they discounted the tokens. Ah, the good ol days....

Can't wait to see what's coming with the Private-Public-Partnerships.
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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JerZ you have to remember that the toll taker is probably only making about $20. hr to be a highway clerk. Pretty good pay for somebody who can barely speak. I guess friendly conversation or even being polite is not a job requirement.
Anyway you can add that incident to the stories you can tell when back home.

Come back soon and don't forget your easy pass.

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Old 10-18-2007, 01:28 PM
 
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OMG. Nineteen ninety freaking nine? Maybe then the dude does get a pass for being snappish.

I didn't appreciate the Jesus part, though. So he gets points off for that.

I agree...only twenty bucks an hour to stare at cars...ohhhhhhhhh the backbreaking hard work misery...how can he stand it? Give me a flarkin' break.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:32 PM
 
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OMG. Nineteen ninety freaking nine? Maybe then the dude does get a pass for being snappish.

I didn't appreciate the Jesus part, though. So he gets points off for that.

I agree...only twenty bucks an hour to stare at cars...ohhhhhhhhh the backbreaking hard work misery...how can he stand it? Give me a flarkin' break.
Just another example of NJ's taxin' machine at work. Maybe if they weren't paying him $20/hour, they could lower the toll cost?????
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Old 10-18-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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Just another example of NJ's taxin' machine at work. Maybe if they weren't paying him $20/hour, they could lower the toll cost?????
Maybe if the tolls were bulldozed completely, the salaries and administrative overhead could also be removed. It's as if the tolls exist for patronage, in effect, to pay the salaries of un-deserving employees. There are 33 states that have, imagine: no tolls! And another 10 states that have very limited toll roads, California and Oklahoma among them. Most of the big toll roads are in, guess where, the northeast! New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts. An outlier is Connecticut: this state, too, used to have tolls on the Connecticut Turnpike, and guess what? They bulldozed them down about 25 years ago.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: NJ
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(((jerz))) - i'm sorry. I know you understand that it's not about the tolltaker or the nasty-a** person at Starbucks, and you know more than anyone you can't take the pulse of the state from idiots around the Newark area, but I TOTALLY get your sadness. It happens to everyone, people who move 10 miles or 10000 miles away. When you're not around to see the subtle changes day by day, they hit you like a ton of bricks after being gone for awhile. Couple that with hitting some milestone birthdays (you KNOW what I mean by that!! ), and, well, let's just say I TOTALLY understand why people have mid-life crises!! LOL

Now, I didn't move far from home, but when I go back, I long for the "old days". I also look back and realize that really, the town hasn't changed *all* that much, but rather, I have - hell, I don't even have an accent anymore! Add a new home 3000 miles and it's completely understandable.

But I bet if you even had the oppy to move back here and you did, it wouldn't take long to get back in the swing of things.

I'm glad you have a great time otherwise!!!
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Old 10-19-2007, 05:09 AM
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I use to take the parkway and turnpike to work everyday, before EZ Pass. I don't think I have ever encountered a pleasant toll booth employee! They have always ignored you, which was most of the time or were just rude.
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