Many a lazy teenager has been asked, “Do you want to flip burgers for the rest of your life?” The question is meant to conjure a miserable existence in a greasy Mickey D’s kitchen, a cruel fate that even the most lethargic 10th-grader would make an effort to avoid. But according to Minnesota’s Brainerd Dispatch, working at a fast-food joint isn’t as bad as you might think (registration required). Marianne Bakkila, who is 52 years old, has worked in a Burger King in Brainerd for over 13 years, with only an 18-month break:
Outside of managerial duties she has handled every aspect of the job–cashier, cook, prep and maintenance. She has worked with five of her seven children at Burger King.
Though not her full-time job–she also works at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Baxter–Bakkila has no plans of quitting her work at Burger King. The job provides a second income and, more importantly to Bakkila, a second family.
‘We’ve all had times in our lives when we’ve needed support and they’re a good support group,’ Bakkila said. ‘I think we all genuinely care about each other.’
This particular BK branch has six employees who’ve been there for more than a decade, so they’ve had plenty of time to bond. Many long-term employees started working there in their youth and just stuck around because their boss was nice and their hours were good—which is more than a lot of us can say about our day jobs.