HR Strange But True!
August 04, 2003

The Boston Herald interviewed some Massachusetts toll collectors and found that because of their bird's-eye view into the cars of countless commuters, strange sightings are an everyday part of the job.

"You have no idea what goes on in cars," reported toll collector Adele Cecca, who works the night shift at the Allston/Brighton tolls of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

"You can see sexual activity in cars . . . and they're paying their tolls," she said. "I think they think we can't see."

Cecca, 49, told the Herald that most of her encounters involve lost drivers seeking directions, tourists looking for restaurant recommendations, and kind souls offering up pastries. On the weekends, however, things can turn bizarre.

"You get Elvis impersonators, mainly on Saturday nights," she said. "One man asked me one time if my breasts were real. I was just so shocked. I said `yes,' and he said, 'awesome,' and drove off. I made the mistake of telling my husband that one."

Boston, nicknamed the Hub, has a reputation for surly drivers, especially when gridlock sets in. But Cecca and other toll collectors said they're unfazed. "I see 2,500 cars in a shift," Cecca said, "and 2,498 of them are nice people."

Source: Boston Herald

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