Lorraine Maurer, 94, from Evansville, Indiana, has been working at her local McDonald’s for 44 years.
In 1973, her husband had to quit due to disability and the woman began to look for work for herself.
According to the woman, it was not about money, but that she believed that “she and her husband were too young to hang around at home.”
The woman got a job in a restaurant and has not changed her job since then. Several McDonald’s have opened and closed in Evansville, but Lorraine continues to work at the company, changing restaurants, but does not aspire to climb the career ladder or retire.
Miss Maurer loves her job because of her clients.
She has four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but she does not consider visitors to be strangers.
Lorraine works only two days a week. But many fans of the local McDonald’s know her: customers give her a ride home after work. Someone specially comes to the restaurant on the days of the woman’s work to chat with her. And the cashier is familiar with some families of visitors for generations and serving their children and grandchildren.
“My customers are my life. I travel with them, I go to baseball with them. They are friends, not just customers. If you don’t like your job, it’s just a job, but I like mine. People, clients – that’s why I stayed here.”
Every winter, the woman thinks about how she could retire, but admits that she does not want to miss her place of work.
“This is not a job. I really and seriously enjoy it. Life is what you make it. So I’m trying.”
The owners and employees of the diner also love Lorraine. Last week, they congratulated her on yet another anniversary of working in the institution.
“Lorraine rocked out at her party tonight, and we rock out as we celebrate this incredible woman’s 44 years at McDonald’s! All I have to say is that we don’t have that many 94-year-old employees.”
“We are lucky to have Lorraine. And we appreciate everyone who celebrates this as well.” The woman was presented with a cake in honor of the holiday.