How Many Have Worked McDonalds?

Tony Barnes By Tony Barnes, 13th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Mickey D's has been part of my life for 35 years. Here's my recollections.

The Golden Arches

I love McDonald’s. It has been a part of my life for 35 years. I started at the golden arches as a 16 year old working my first job. I worked hard and became a manager and by the time I joined the Air Force I had worked at all four stores that our franchise owner possessed. In this picture, I am sitting in the background by the wall. Yep, back when I had hair on my noggin.

During those years, they sent me to the Basic Operations Course (BOC) at the Dallas regional headquarters. That helped me to get future jobs at McDonald’s. When I was stationed in the Air Force, I got a part time job at one in Jacksonville, Arkansas. I worked for them about 11 months.

Eleven years went by and I found myself working at one in Columbus, Mississippi for two nights a week. It was actually fun for two nights a week. Back in my early 20s doing it for 4 – 5 nights a week…well, that was work more than fun. Soon I found myself having worked at three of the six that particular owner in Mississippi honchoed.

For my two shifts, I would get in there and work hard all night so the time would pass quickly. The owners came in once and Mrs. Cunningham wrote 3/4s of a legal page pad on things she saw wrong with the store. I beat myself up thinking I had failed and should have picked up on those little things. The next day, the store manager stuck his hand out to shake mine as soon as I got in the store. Others were quick to congratulate me as well. When I looked puzzled, one of the managers said, “Dude, when Mrs. C visits us we get 2 – 3 pages of notes…you didn’t even fill up one page.”

Shortly thereafter, Mr. C came to the restaurant and asked me to sit with him in the lobby. He offered to make me a store manager if I would get out of the Air Force. It was tempting, but not for long. At that point, I had 14 years in the Air Force with only six left before I would qualify for a lifetime pension.

I may not work for McDonald’s anymore. But, I have had a small amount of stock since the mid-80s and am darn proud to be a member of the team albeit somewhat removed from the immediate scene. Hardly two or three days ever elapse without me running through a McDonald’s drive through for something. Love the organization and still believe in QSC & V…Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value.

TRIVIA: It is estimated that 20% of the American population have worked at McDonald’s at some point in their life.



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author avatar Tony Barnes
I am a native Texan who spent 3 years in the Marine Corps Reserves and 25 years on active duty in the Air Force. I have been a Christian since 1985 and am an ordained minister. I am conservative politically and love to study history. I publish a mont...(more)

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author avatar tz
13th Oct 2013 (#)

Your article is nice, i enjoyed reading it, your experience at Mcdonald and the manager job offer... Sometimes we get offers when we cannot accept them.
Keep writing. your story is interesting to read.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
14th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you TZ

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2013 (#)

Mc Donalds was my first job!

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author avatar Retired
14th Oct 2013 (#)

I sometimes think about asking at ours.....would it be fun or awful? Mind you I have noticed that Mcdonald's in Britain serve food not as good as in Belgium or America

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author avatar Tony Barnes
15th Oct 2013 (#)

The ketchup tasted different in England. I was stationed at RAF Greenham Common in Berkeley for nearly 2 years.

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