If there ever was a time Charlie the Turkey would choose to not show up at Will's Service Center in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards, you would figure it would be this week.
Owner Will Allen knows better.
As confident as he is that cars will show up looking for gas to go over the hills and through the woods, he knows his pet turkey will be there, too.
That's right, a pet turkey is just part of the show at the LukOil station on Madisonville Road.
"He comes here and hangs out every day – pecks at my windows, chases me around the gas pumps a lot of times," Allen said.
Charlie has been doing this for the past 6 or 7 years, or long enough to be given a name, Allen said.
"We've named him Charlie, there are people in the neighborhood who have other names for him," he said.
Allen swears he's never fed Charlie – and thinks the bird likes to come around just to look at himself in the bay windows. Allen has grown used to looking back at him, too. In fact, he's had a Turkey Crossing sign in the window for some time, just to alert new drivers to his unusual pet.
How long will this go on? Allen says your guess is as good as his.
"A lot of people wonder why he always comes here," he said – retelling a conversation he has all day, every day.
It's a conversation Allen has fun with.
"I really don't have an answer because he obviously doesn't speak to me."
Will Allen, owner of Will's Service Center in Basking Ridge speaks about Charlie - the turkey who has been visiting his shop every day for over six years.