A McDonald’s employee celebrated her 100th birthday on March 3 but she has no plans to stop working at the fast-food restaurant.
Ruthie Shuster is a 100-year-old lady who has been working at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania McDonald’s branch for half a century now. She has been very active all her life. Prior to the pandemic hit Shuster used to go dancing four nights a week.
Her customers say that she always greets them with a smile every time. Moreover, every Friday she also has a singing session for her customers.
The Good Morning America also covered her story. she told them,
“Friday about 30 comes, and we all sing, ‘You are my sunshine’, we all sing it, everybody comes in.”
Ruth believes age is just a number. Where many people are spiked that she is turning 100, she is not really phased by it.
“To me, it’s just a number. I became a widow when I was 50, and I’ve been working ever, ever, ever since. I like working. I get paid. I pay my bills, and that’s good. I never had a lot of money, but I always had enough. That’s the way it is.”
After her recent interview with Good Morning America, she has grown very popular in the locality. Many customers go to the McDonald’s branch just to meet her. She even had to set up a mailbox at her McDonald’s branch to cater to all the hundreds of birthday cards people want to send her.
Shuster was born in the Brush Hill section of North Huntingdon, the daughter of Italian immigrants Jack and Mary Nicolette. Because she was born on the last full day of Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, she has the rare distinction of living through the terms of 19 presidents.
She went to the former Shafton and Scull schools, graduating from Norwin High School in 1938. Her formative years came as the United States was mired in economic chaos: The Great Depression of the 1930s. With her father working in a coal mine and nine mouths to feed, money was tight.
As a teenager, she earned money working for 18 months as a seamstress at a downtown Irwin business. It was work through the Works Progress Administration, an ambitious employment program that gave jobs to millions of Americans during President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration.
By the time she reached voting age in 1942, the world was engulfed in war, and her family, like millions of others, was part of it. All of her brothers joined the military, including Arthur, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne who survived fighting Germans in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.
Despite going through so much, she is still going strong. What an inspiration.