Wondering what to do with your time when you retire?
Getting a job in McDonald’s is perhaps not at the top of your list – but Muriel Haggerty did just that and she’s Lovin’ It.
When the great-grandmother-of-15 retired from her factory job aged 60, she found herself with time to kill.
So, she applied for a job as a customer care manager in the chain’s Sunderland city centre restaurant, where she is in charge of five floor staff at any one time.
And almost 15 years on, Muriel, of Concord, Washington, is the oldest member of staff at the branch in High Street West – and she is not planning to retire any time soon.
“I retired and I was bored,” she told the Echo. “My Granddaughter Louise told me to come to McDonald’s. I had the interview on the Thursday and started on the Monday”.
I get bored on my days off and I love talking to the kids. It’s the kids and the atmosphere and it’s a great team. We have a laugh and it keeps me active.Muriel Haggerty
Muriel, who has grown-up children son Kevin, 52, and Julie, 49, is the eight family member to work for the company.
“I love it,” she said, adding that she enjoys staff nights out. “I get bored on my days off and I love talking to the kids. It’s the kids and the atmosphere and it’s a great team. We have a laugh and it keeps me active.”
Muriel eats McDonald’s every day, and her favourite food is the pulled pork wrap which was recently introduced to the menu.
“It’s absolutely beautiful,” she said. “It’s one of the best things we’ve ever done, and I love all the desserts. I have McDonald’s food every day I’m in. Even when I was off the other day I still came on for my meal.”
Muriel believes that it is never too light to try something new.
“I was 62 when I learned to use a computer,” she added. “I’ve got a tablet and an Xbox. My grandchildren keep borrowing my games.”
Franchise Jasper Maudsley, who has 10 restaurants across Sunderland, Washington, Dalton Park and Hartlepool, said he wants to dispel the myth that only young people work for the chain.
“It’s always been perceived as a young person’s job, working at McDonald’s,” he said. “But each of our restaurants has at least one member of staff over 60. Some have been with us for years and some have just started.
“Muriel is an incredibly valued member of the team and our regular customers and crew members alike are all very fond of her.”