After 32 years of service, McDonald's worker with Down syndrome retires

After 32 years of service, McDonald's worker with Down syndrome retires

On Monday, a McDonald’s in Needham had a one-of-a-kind retirement party to celebrate the long career of an amazing woman.

Down syndrome patient Freia David has been working at the Chestnut Street fast food restaurant for 32 years. After serving customers for three decades at the French fry station, she is finally leaving her job.

While speaking to WBZ-TV, David said that she had a nice time and made a lot of friends. All her friends from the restaurant and the community were present at the party to wish her well.

Rony Sandoval, the restaurant’s manager, said, “When she sees any kids in the lobby, she started making fries and comes out and says ‘Hi sweetie.’ She’s a lovely, lovely girl”.

According to the coworkers of David, every time she had a shift, she’d greet every fellow employee with an affectionate hug and a smile.

A representative for McDonald’s called David a terrific employee. The representative said that all the employees at the food chain store have learnt so much from her than she could ever learn from them.

David stays up at the Charles River Center-supported home in Needham, which helps out grownups with developmental disabilities. The McDonald’s employee was among the first to benefit from the agency’s services.

David said that while serving at the food chain, she has prepared a lot of French fries, but it seems to be an understatement on her part as he has ruled the fryolator since 1984.

While describing her nature, Anne-Marie Bajwa, the center’s chief operating officer, called David a very friendly, relaxed human being, who loves to dance.

She added that people with disabilities should be included in the community and people out can learn a lot of skills from them.

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