Paul Andreatta is not the sort of bloke you could imagine swearing.
Nevertheless, he "swears by" his employer, Woolworths, having just celebrated his 30th year at the company's Coota store.
Without Woollies, he says, he wouldn't have been able to pursue his passion for collecting old Ford Falcons, of which he now owns four, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars more than when he bought them.
Paul joined Woolworths on January 2 1990, coming on board as the second-in-charge of the grocery section.
Over 30 years he's done every job in the store, rising to his present position as duty manager, in charge of the store after the manager, Judy Drevermann, goes home.
Woollies is just his third employer since leaving Cootamundra High School.
He started at the Cootamundra Bakery, and when that closed got a job with the Payless Supermarket, which used to be opposite the post office.
When Woolworths came to town in 1986, he remembers the Payless store manager Brian Meales calling everyone into the morning tea room to inform them and warn their jobs mightn't be secured.
"At the time I'd borrowed a heap of money to buy an expensive car I'd always wanted, and I was worried how I was going to pay for it - but we held our own," Paul said.
"In 1987 new owners of the Payless store didn't want Brian, so he left and went straight to Woolworths as grocery manager.
"It's a funny story because Brian asked me if I'd be interested in joining him, but they turned me down the first time because they got someone a lot cheaper to hire."
Later on Woolworths ended up offering Paul more than twice what he was getting, and he made the switch.
"When I started there was 26 pallets of overstock," Paul recalls. "It took about six months to get it down, and by the time I handed over to the next person there was only two pallets of overstock and I had the store filled.
"Management was impressed with the work that Brian and I did and sent other grocery managers to this store just to have a look.
"We became a training store, and I did a bit of work in refurbishing other Woollies stores, in Young, Parkes and Orange."
Paul has seen many changes - the most significant being Autostocker which automatically orders new stock, rather than having to manually punch orders in.
He remembers that around midnight on New Years Eve 2000 three of them went to the store in case the Y2K bug played havoc. It didn't, but being NYE they helped themselves to a beer each.
Paul lives at home with his Dad - his Mum is at Southern Cross - and his four Fords, including a 1972 Falcon he paid $9,800 for in 1999, now valued at around $160,000, which he enjoys with fellow members of the Cootamundra Antique Motor Club.
He loves his job, passing on what he was taught be his mentors, Brian Meales, Keith Chamberlain and the late Ross Bartlett, to the next generation.
A model employee, his motto is to look after the business - "treat it like you own it".