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Fifty-Year-Old Australian McDonald's Worker With Down's Syndrome Retires After 32 Years



Russell O'Grady, a fifty-year-old man with down syndrome who has been described as a local icon and dearly loved by his customers. However, the McDonald's restaurant in Australia where he works is sad to say goodbye to their famous worker. He became the face of Mcdonald outlet in Northmead in west Sydney. After 32 years of loyal service, he announced his retirement.

Fifty-Year-Old Australian McDonald's Worker With Down's Syndrome Retires After 32 Years


He started working there in 1986 at the age of 18 as part of a support scheme to place people with a moderate intellectual disability in employment. His supervisor, Courtney Purcell, said:

"We've got regular customers who come in to see Russell on Thursday and Friday, and the staff look after him, so we're going to miss him."

Fifty-Year-Old Australian McDonald's Worker With Down's Syndrome Retires After 32 Years


Two years ago, Job Support (the agency who placed him at the restaurant), held a party for him to celebrate his 30th anniversary in the job with a special cake made for him. According to The Daily Telegraph, his brother Lindsey said:

"He's kind of blasé about it but loves his work very much. He's pretty cheeky sometimes. He's my big brother and he keeps me in line," he said. 

Fifty-Year-Old Australian McDonald's Worker With Down's Syndrome Retires After 32 Years



Back in 2012, a video was produced on O'Grady by Disability Employment Australia. Kathryn Allen from McDonald's said that "people had come in specifically to see him".

"From time to time if he's not on they actually won't come in to visit us because they are really keen to see him."

Fifty-Year-Old Australian McDonald's Worker With Down's Syndrome Retires After 32 Years


Geoff O'Grady, Russell father, told Daily Mail Australia:

"He's very affectionate, dearly loved and appreciated. Somebody said to him 'are you handicapped?' and his answer was 'I used to be when I went to school, but now I work at McDonald's'," he said.

Fifty-Year-Old Australian McDonald's Worker With Down's Syndrome Retires After 32 Years



Daily Mail also reported that Russel will be spending his retirement on his other passion which is tenpin bowling. His retirement was due to his health, said 9GAG.

Watch the video below:



Source: 9GAG
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