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88-Year-Old Waitress Gives Tips on Her Secret to Success

If it's Monday-morning-back-to-work time and you're just not feeling it, consider this gal for inspiration: at 88-years-old, Rosie Donaghey is still slinging hash. That is waiting tables — and her gig isn't necessitated by the economy. Rosie’s been working as a waitress since she was in her 70s when she first applied for a job as a waitress. Since then, this fiery lady has become her restaurant’s main attraction.

When at 70 she first applied for a waitress position, the manager thought Rosie was asking for her daughter or granddaughter — but was persuaded into hiring her. Though that restaurant eventually went out of business that same manager moved to another establishment and immediately brought Rosie to work there. Some customers only come in when Rosie's working, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Although Rosie collects Social Security and has the support of her three surviving children should she need it, she still continues working. What does she do with the money? Those that know her think it all goes into the church basket — she never misses a Mass either in person or on TV. As for the service, the restaurant manager said of Donaghey: “She’s a little bit of a spitfire ... She always tries to order for you. You ask for a burger well done and she says, ‘I’ll have it cremated.’ “

Michelann Michelann 9 years
Well, it's better when somebody is working because they want to, but I think working is a good thing whether you enjoy it or not.
Rini Rini 9 years
As long as someone's working because they want to...that's how it should be not just as we're older but also now!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that we don't give the elderly credit sometimes. i've been to places and i've gotten horrible service that i think it's a welcome change to have someone who WANTS to be there. i'm sure that her regulars adore her since you know that she'll remember you and ask about your family and all that - ti's a really nice thing. it's also good to see that she's doing this to keep active and to make money that she can maybe pass on, and that she doesn't NEED it to get by. this is really a good example to be set for all of us.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I love when I see older people working and enjoying it. They say working keeps you young! I can't imagine myself ever deciding to sit around at home when I could be getting something done. (Erm... except for right now of course. I guess it's time to get moving!)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I had an elderly server the other day and it took twice as long to get our food. Which wouldn't necessarily be an issue but when you have an hour for lunch and most of that time is spent waiting on your server, it makes me wish I had Rosie instead! Good for her though, I think when I retire I'm gonna need to do something to keep my body and mind busy...all that relaxation can get boring!
brindey brindey 9 years
I love real-people features like this! That lede puts you right there!
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
How cool!
Mina-Xue Mina-Xue 9 years
Its always an extreme shame on our society if an elderly person has to work to get by, but its very charming to see one who WANTS to work and appears that everyone loves her. Especially being described as being a spitfire, thats just hilarious.
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