Sydney McDonald's Worker With Down Syndrome Celebrates 30 Years With The Company

2016-10-25 04:43:02Z
Lauren Payne
Lauren Payne

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A beloved McDonald's worker in Sydney has celebrated his 30th year with the fast food company.

Russell O'Grady started working at the age of 18 and although he has down syndrome, he has never let his disability stop him from doing his work.

He is a local hero in the suburb of Northmead and his father, Geoff, explained that he is so well-known that "People stop him on the street and shake his hand".

Russell began working for McDonald's in 1986 and the job completely changed his outlook on life. He no longer thinks of himself as having a disability.

"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", his father explained.

The Northmead location welcomed Russell with open arms when he first started working there and workers say that he makes everyone feel so welcome. 

Congratulations Russell, you kind soul!

 

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