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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.’ “

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