Growing up, those older than us always advise us to “do what you love.” For 92-year-old Ike Baker, working at McDonald’s in Dayton, Tennessee is just the ticket. Hard at work for over 20 years (21 years to be exact), Ike celebrated his 92nd year by staying busy behind the counter. According to an interview conducted with WTVC, he has no intention to retire anytime soon. In fact, he’s looking forward to “at least another 10 years,” of serving up burgers and fries to the much-obliged Dayton crowd.
Host With the Most
Ike’s official title at his branch is “host,” and his responsibilities include welcoming guests and ensuring that all customers are taken care of and happy. And according to community members, he’s known universally for doing a superb job with an unwavering smile on his face. Even his manager, Sabina Kaylor, described him as a sharp employee who is a pleasure to work with. On Facebook, well-wishers expressed their appreciation for the devoted employee. John Bolton commented, “He’s such an awesome person too!! He’s always smiling and making sure everyone has what they need.” Megan Nicole Tanner added, “He’s always outgoing and makes me laugh!” Clearly Ike brings a passion to the job that not many do, and the customers and community at large have taken notice. How lucky is McDonald’s to have him serve among their ranks?
The recognition Ike has received for a job well done stretches beyond his local community. In 2016, he was awarded McDonald’s Atlanta Region Crew Person of the Year and received a $500 cash prize for the accomplishment. Not too shabby an achievement for a man in his 90s. Of course, this wasn’t the first impressive thing Ike has done. Serving in the army during the Korean War, Ike was a member of the armed forces for eight years, from 1952 to 1960. It’s no surprise, then, that his work ethic is solid and his pride for carrying tasks out to the best of his ability is still intact. His can-do spirit is surely infectious to all who interact with him.
Working Under the Golden Arches
With over 375,000 employees (1.9 million including franchise workers) across the world, according to Business Insider, McDonald’s is certainly a major employer. Those who work at this infamous fast-food chain come from all walks of life, some working their way up as a career, while others are students in need of extra cash, and everything in-between. And though there’s quite a diverse range of staff, there’s no doubt that Ike stands out from the crowd, given his nonagenarian status. McDonald’s has not yet confirmed whether Ike is the oldest member of their expansive team, but it certainly seems a likely conclusion that he at least falls in the top five. We should all be as lucky as him to be happily and healthily working so late in life.
Whistle While You Work
There’s no doubt that the more you find enjoyment in your job, the more happiness you’ll experience in other aspects of your life as a result. Ike is the perfect example of someone who has taken a job that many might find average and turned it into a passion. There’s joy to be found in every workplace if you have the right attitude and are prepared to do more than tick the boxes. Much like members of his community, we’re pretty inspired by Ike’s story that emulates this sentiment. In fact, it may be worth a trip to Dayton to experience the above-and-beyond customer service you’ll get when ordering a Big Mac.
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