When the GA 400 tolls end Friday night, more than 40 cashiers and other workers will be out of a job.
Many have amassed stories over the years including Kuzshua Jones who has worked as a cashier for 17 months.
“The strangest things are the nude people,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish. “After the clubs at night or weekends… they like to show off and be spontaneous.”
Jones has even see sex acts.
“By all means you have to keep your composure; you can’t indulge anything; you can’t look,” he says.
Roslyn McDonald has worked at the toll plaza for two and a half years and will miss the people the most.
“Just having regular people come through and talk to you and say ‘hey’ and let you know how they’re doing,” she says. “A lot people bring gifts… you really become friends with these people.”
Michael Bent started as a cashier 17 years ago and now works as assistant toll plaza manager. He has the perfect vantage point from inside the control room and has seen fires, babies being born, and lots of fights.
“A lot of times, the person puts his money in and the gate doesn’t go up; so he reverses a little bit to check for his coins and the person bumps him from behind,” he says.
Bent is among the fortunate employees who will continue to work for the state after the tolls end.
Jones has landed a job elsewhere, but says he will miss his brief friendly encounters at the toll booths.
“Some people have had a tough day and by the time they make it to these booths their whole day could be changed around before they make it home,” he says.