Florida woman, 75, celebrates 53 years working at McDonald's

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By Nasima Khatun

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A 75-year-old woman has recently celebrated a huge milestone while working at McDonalds.

Barbara Cramer has seen it all at the fast food joint; the introduction of the Happy Meal, the evolution of the distinctive uniforms, and even the original Maccies drive-thru!

Joining the business back in 1970, the now 75-year-old senior citizen has recently celebrated 53 years of service with her fellow employees at her current branch in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Speaking to WPTV News about what the momentous occasion means to her Cramer replied: "Everything."

"I just love it here," she added.

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Cramer has been working at McDonald's for over 50 years. Credit: Garett_Mosher/Getty

Since joining McDonald's, the "McLegend" - which Cramer is often referred to as - has spent a massive portion of her time at a U.S. Highway 1 location, as well as others dotted around Florida, as per the outlet.

While the company is known for having a constant evolvement of employees, the average stint being approximately 4.1 years according to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 75-year-old stressed that she didn't ever think about leaving the entire time she's been there.

"I just applied for the school board, and then the next day I applied here at this store, and they called me first," Cramer, who is originally from New Jersey, said. "So I came here, and I winded up working my way up."

The Fort Pierce McDonald's owner, Ricky Wade, also attended the celebration, which consisted of lots of sweet messages and surprises, stating: "We are proud to have you as part of our family. We are honored to celebrate this special moment with you."

Cramer also reflected on her time at Maccies and how things have changed over the five decades she's been there.

"Old registers where you had to punch in the total and you had to hit the bar to get the cash register out," she told the outlet.

Now, after years of dedicating her life to her work, she is semi-retired, and only works part-time at different branches - though she has no plans on giving up her career any time soon.

Cramer's not the only one to be in a long-term partnership with the iconic fast food brand.

Paul Hendel, has also given five whole decades to McDonald's, after applying to work at the newly opened McDonald’s in Merrick, New York in 1973 when he was just 16 years old.

"Believe it or not, you needed to have an in to get a job at McDonald's back then, so my brother, who was working in the kitchen, recommended me for the job," Hendel, told CNBC Make It. "Everybody wanted to work there."

Fast forward 50 years later, and the 66-year-old now owns and operates 31 McDonald’s locations across Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, including the flagship restaurant in Times Square.

"I never thought it would be my forever job," he told the outlet. "But I also can’t imagine working anywhere else."

We can't help but admire both of these employees' dedication! Congratulations!

Featured Image Credit: RapidEye/Getty

Florida woman, 75, celebrates 53 years working at McDonald's

vt-author-image

By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

A 75-year-old woman has recently celebrated a huge milestone while working at McDonalds.

Barbara Cramer has seen it all at the fast food joint; the introduction of the Happy Meal, the evolution of the distinctive uniforms, and even the original Maccies drive-thru!

Joining the business back in 1970, the now 75-year-old senior citizen has recently celebrated 53 years of service with her fellow employees at her current branch in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Speaking to WPTV News about what the momentous occasion means to her Cramer replied: "Everything."

"I just love it here," she added.

wp-image-1263241630 size-large
Cramer has been working at McDonald's for over 50 years. Credit: Garett_Mosher/Getty

Since joining McDonald's, the "McLegend" - which Cramer is often referred to as - has spent a massive portion of her time at a U.S. Highway 1 location, as well as others dotted around Florida, as per the outlet.

While the company is known for having a constant evolvement of employees, the average stint being approximately 4.1 years according to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 75-year-old stressed that she didn't ever think about leaving the entire time she's been there.

"I just applied for the school board, and then the next day I applied here at this store, and they called me first," Cramer, who is originally from New Jersey, said. "So I came here, and I winded up working my way up."

The Fort Pierce McDonald's owner, Ricky Wade, also attended the celebration, which consisted of lots of sweet messages and surprises, stating: "We are proud to have you as part of our family. We are honored to celebrate this special moment with you."

Cramer also reflected on her time at Maccies and how things have changed over the five decades she's been there.

"Old registers where you had to punch in the total and you had to hit the bar to get the cash register out," she told the outlet.

Now, after years of dedicating her life to her work, she is semi-retired, and only works part-time at different branches - though she has no plans on giving up her career any time soon.

Cramer's not the only one to be in a long-term partnership with the iconic fast food brand.

Paul Hendel, has also given five whole decades to McDonald's, after applying to work at the newly opened McDonald’s in Merrick, New York in 1973 when he was just 16 years old.

"Believe it or not, you needed to have an in to get a job at McDonald's back then, so my brother, who was working in the kitchen, recommended me for the job," Hendel, told CNBC Make It. "Everybody wanted to work there."

Fast forward 50 years later, and the 66-year-old now owns and operates 31 McDonald’s locations across Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, including the flagship restaurant in Times Square.

"I never thought it would be my forever job," he told the outlet. "But I also can’t imagine working anywhere else."

We can't help but admire both of these employees' dedication! Congratulations!

Featured Image Credit: RapidEye/Getty