They say that if you can find something to do that you love you never have to work a day in your life. Most of us have heard that saying, but who knew that it would actually apply to a customer service position at McDonald’s?
94-year-old Loraine Maurer, an Indiana McDonald’s employee, recently celebrated her 44th anniversary working for the fast food chain. The kicker? She has no plans to retire anytime soon.
In fact, Maurer was once forced to take some time off because she had the shingles, and she very much missed her customers. She told CTV News that she received many inquiries from those who come through her lineups during the breakfast shifts on Friday and Saturday mornings, wondering when she’d be back.
Even more impressively, Maurer still remembers many of her regular customers and their orders.
“You have to like your job. It’s not a job if you like it. I like my customers, I like being with the public and I just couldn’t get along without them,” she said. “When I see them come across the drive I usually know what they want. It’s not that I don’t suggest other stuff, but they say they’re watching their figure. I said, ‘Look at mine, it stays the same and I’ve had it all these years!'”
Maurer first started working at McDonald’s back in 1973 when her husband retired. He has since passed away, but she’s remained a pretty permanent fixture at the counter.
Funny enough, all four of the woman’s children have now retired (Maurer is also a great-grandmother), but for her, the restaurant is just too big a part of her life to stop working there. She says she’s made too many friends along the way, and the place gives her a real reason to wake up in the morning.
That’s probably why, even when she’s not working her shift, she still stops by: nothing can keep her away from her favourite sandwich, the Filet-O-Fish.
If only we could all be so happy with our jobs. Now excuse us while we go partake in the new all-day breakfast menu.