At the end of the workday, your slippered feet up on the ottoman, fuzzy bathrobe in place and TV remote in hand, you might think — “I’ll do this all the time, once I retire.” Not so for one of McDonald’s oldest workers, who at 88 says he’s not ready to retire from the fast food world and instead, will “carry on until I drop.”
While The Sun’s story has the headline that Bill is the very oldest McDonald’s worker out there, the truth is McDonald’s says it doesn’t keep a database of staff ages. But, a spokesman said — “Bill is probably one of the oldest working for us in the world.”
So what keeps Bill going, six hours a day, two days a week, greeting customers and wiping tables as a customer care manager in North Wales, U.K.? A loathing of becoming idle. This, after 35 years as a steel worker, ten or so years at an aircraft manufacturer and 15 years as a cab driver.
“Sitting at home can get boring. I’m not a drinker and my wife won’t let me touch the garden as she does all that,” he explains. The days he’s not working are already a source of the yawns, he adds.
“After four days off at home I look forward to coming to work because I like talking to people and meeting people — that’s why I loved the taxi work.”
His boss is a fan, as are the younger set of employees he calls family. Warm fuzzies, abounding!
“Bill is the face of the business. He looks after all of the punters and is very popular. I think they like an older face. He’s also an excellent worker.”
I’m guessing these are not people who punt balls as in the game of American football (slang, I got it), but it’s a funny thing to imagine.
*After reading this post, Consumerist reader Brad wrote in to tell us about Edith, “90 years young” and working at a Toronto McDonald’s. We salute you as well, Edith!
Previously in tireless workers we totally admire: Longest-Serving Macy’s Employee Retires After 73-Year-Career