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IN People ON 27 Oct, 2016
Who doesn't know the fast food company, McDonald's, which has been serving up mouthwatering burgers to the people of the world since 1940? Well, McDonald's is more than just another one of your fast food joints, and what better way to bring that to light than to look at one of its workers with down syndrome, who just celebrated 30 years of delightful association with the company. Ever since he started working at the McDonald's outlet, he has become sort of a local celebrity. Almost everyone in Sydney's west knows who Russell O'Grady is. And if you wanna know him too, you can just scroll down and take a look!
Russell suffers from down syndrome. When he was 18-year-old, he joined a local McDonald's store. And over the past 30 years that he's been working there, he has become sort of a local celebrity.
Well, if you don't, then I have a question for you: have you been living under a rock?
But these guys know how to spread smiles in more ways than one, as shown by their acceptance of Russell as a full-time employee.
When Russell joined, he used to think that he was handicapped and abnormal. But after working there with people he considered to be normal, he began to learn a new perspective and began seeing himself as normal too.
After winning the hearts of his colleagues, he was soon promoted to a secure job with the responsibility of packing party boxes.
Russell's father, Geoff, feels and says that if it wasn;t for the attitude of the people around him, things could have been pretty different, and probably worse.
Over the years that Russell has worked there, he has managed to win the hearts of many, and is sort of a local celebrity in Northmead. People even stop him on the street to shake hands with him.
Russell just celebrated 30 years of working for McDonald's!
The people just love his happy-go-lucky attitude.
Working at the store has given him exposure to the community in a way that would probably not have been possible had the guys at the store and the customers not been so understanding and loving about Russell.
McDonald's does seem to be living up to its mascot!
This only goes to show how big enterprises can play small but such significant role in the community.