Sandy Burns recently celebrated a milestone anniversary celebration.
Burns, who has Down Syndrome, was honored last week by friends, family and co-workers for her 30th anniversary as an employee at the local McDonald’s.
Co-workers and customers at the restaurant at 601 S. Locust St., said Burns, 48, has always been a dedicated and well-respected employee.
“She always greets people with a smile and is very pleasant to work with,” said co-worker Lynda Baker Paddock after a celebration held last week in Burns’ honor.
Customer Debbie Richardson offered this tribute, “best worker in the whole place. Always a friendly smile and willing to help.”
Bev Burns Ezsol, said her sister Sandy has always liked doing her job and the family enjoyed visiting her at the restaurant.
“When Sandy started working there, my dad and family and friends would all go there and get food and see her working. She has always liked working there.”
Sandy has held the job title Lobby Boss since she started 30 years ago and is responsible for keeping the lobby and eating area clean. She has been involved with the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities and has lived on her own since 2003, according to her sister.
“Her caregivers stay with her overnight and get her ready … to go to work,” Ezsol said. “She is well-known in the Oxford community and they all treat her like one of their own. She was also the ambassador of the MRDD for a year.”
Burns said she enjoyed having a special celebration in her honor to recognize the 30 years of service she has put it.
“Yes, it was nice and I like seeing the people all the time I work with and they make me smile,” she said with a laugh. “The customers are fun too.”
Well, sometimes they are fun until they leave a big mess.
“You know that’s right,” Burns said.