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Someone You Should Know: Joel Presson

CINCINNATI (Cammy Dierking) -- Lots of people love their jobs but can you imagine loving a job so much, you keep working into your nineties?

Not many people make it to age 93, let alone make it to work every day.  But meet Joel Presson, a hard-working employee at the Oxford Wendy's.  He has worked there five days a week for the past 25 years.

Joel told Local 12 he worked on his father's farm as a child during the depression and it got mighty lonely. 

"I actually swore then if I ever got off the farm and looking at the north end of a southbound mule, I was gonna get somewhere where there were people and I could enjoy myself," Joel said.
And he's been in the restaurant business ever since, having fun with his co-workers and customers!

Miranda Dutterer, a co-worker of Joel's, said, "And every day that he's here and I'm working, he always finds me to say 'hello' or 'good morning.'"

Mo Murphy, the Wendy's manager, said, "He carries ice buckets, cleans tables, but the most important thing he does is deal with customers.  Takes care of them, gets drinks for 'em and they love him!  And a lot of 'em come in here just for Joel!"

Edie Todd, a customer, told Local 12, "Well, I enjoy coming in here and hearing Joel talk about his life.  He amazes me the way he relates to children."

Other than a little arthritis, Joel said he feels great and has no plans to retire.

Owner Chris Rodbro said, "Never complains.  Once in a while he has braces on, his arms or legs are bad. But he always comes to work.  Never late.  Really, I think he lives to work."
Staying busy and connected were Joel's secrets to a long, happy life, "Well I know one thing, if you go to work every day and love the people around you, you're not gonna get in very much trouble."

Joel said he enjoys working at Wendy's so much because he likes the principles and style of the founder, Dave Thomas, and that Wendy's was a 'people' business as much as it is a restaurant business.
Joel Presson, someone you definitely should know, and now you do!

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