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(TampaBay.com (St. Petersburg Tim)   86-year-old janitor kept coming to work even though his company sold the property, so new owners let him stay. That was 13 years ago. "What was I going to do?"   (tampabay.com) divider line 53
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2013-07-19 05:09:06 AM  
Wonderful Story
 
2013-07-19 05:27:31 AM  
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2013-07-19 07:43:21 AM  
What a great story.

I love that he just said, "I come with the property," and kept his job for it.
 
2013-07-19 08:33:58 AM  
i believe they have his stapler.
 
2013-07-19 08:34:15 AM  
you worked 4 years for your Bachelors? I worked 60 for my Masters.
 
2013-07-19 08:39:34 AM  

doglover: [venturefans.org image 200x263]


You magnificent bastard!
 
2013-07-19 08:40:59 AM  
Great story and awesome people keeping him on.
 
2013-07-19 08:42:24 AM  
Sounds like he was hired for three days a week, and he just started showing up every day.  That was four years ago.

\Walkin' on sunshiiiiiiine, wooaaaahhh
\\Obscure?
 
2013-07-19 08:44:14 AM  
My grandmother is the same age, she retired 4 years ago at 95, there is something about the mindset of that generation that retirement means death, and life is not worth living if you can't make it on your own.

Good for this guy.
 
2013-07-19 08:55:08 AM  

legion_of_doo: i believe they have his stapler.


I mean, it was the Swingline, you don't just give that sort of thing up.
 
2013-07-19 08:57:03 AM  
They could at least pay the poor guy more than minimum wage.
 
2013-07-19 09:02:41 AM  
Another case of an immigrant doing a job that Americans won't do.
 
2013-07-19 09:13:48 AM  
Great story. A few good reminders of how to make lead a purposeful life, namely, Be a blessing to others, and Always consider yourself blessed.
 
2013-07-19 09:20:43 AM  

taoistlumberjak: Sounds like he was hired for three days a week, and he just started showing up every day.  That was four years ago.

\Walkin' on sunshiiiiiiine, wooaaaahhh
\\Obscure?


Is he banging his aunt-in-law?
 
2013-07-19 09:23:18 AM  

strangeluck: They could at least pay the poor guy more than minimum wage.


FTFA: "We could probably get a young guy with a leaf blower to do his job in an hour," says the lawyer. "But this place just wouldn't be the same without Mr. Newton."

They effectively do.
 
2013-07-19 09:28:58 AM  
This story does not deserve a Florida tag.
 
2013-07-19 09:34:07 AM  
www.infiniteunknown.net
 
2013-07-19 09:34:27 AM  
FTFA: "Then he wraps a paper towel around a piece of fried chicken, packs it into his Coleman cooler, and leaves his house."

This is my new argument for eating like crap. This guy's 99 and has fried chicken for lunch every day! In your face health nuts.

\No I'm not fat
\\yet
 
2013-07-19 09:34:34 AM  

drb9: Another case of an immigrant doing a job that Americans won't do.


More like a great American story where a business cares more about its employee than its profits.
An American would do the job, in one hour with a leaf blower (as stated in the article). Instead they pay this guy for 24 hours in a week (he works 40 by choice), they risk insurance claims should he hurt himself, and they keep an American (who immigrated) happy and in his home.
 
2013-07-19 09:37:59 AM  

Tom_Slick: My grandmother is the same age, she retired 4 years ago at 95, there is something about the mindset of that generation that retirement means death, and life is not worth living if you can't make it on your own.

Good for this guy.


Retirement is the #1 killer of old people.
 
2013-07-19 09:40:37 AM  
They never fixed the glitch. Good for them.
 
2013-07-19 09:42:09 AM  
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But I suppose when 99 years old I am, look as good I will not.
 
2013-07-19 09:43:10 AM  
anyone do the math on this FTFA?

In 1976 he bought a three-bedroom, $15,600 home, took out a $500 monthly mortgage, and paid off the loan in 28 years.

Now maybe he didn't pay every month, or not in full. Or maybe he borrowed against it. But that interest is bloody murder.
 
2013-07-19 09:47:03 AM  
Thanks, Bama.

//O?
 
2013-07-19 09:48:52 AM  
I am simultaneously touched and appalled.

Touched that he's happy and his employer has compassion enough to let him be happy.

Appalled that a 99 year-old man considers himself "property," has worked for minimum wage since 1986, eats 10 day old Walmart fried chicken, and does exactly the same thing every... farking... day.  It would be horrible if he had to do that!
 
2013-07-19 09:49:47 AM  

jonjr215: [www.infiniteunknown.net image 590x462]


came for this, leaving satisfied
 
2013-07-19 10:01:39 AM  

I eat mop: anyone do the math on this FTFA?
In 1976 he bought a three-bedroom, $15,600 home, took out a $500 monthly mortgage, and paid off the loan in 28 years.
Now maybe he didn't pay every month, or not in full. Or maybe he borrowed against it. But that interest is bloody murder.


It was the 70s, the era of massive inflation. The house I grew up in, I found the mortgage docs while sorting papers out after my dad died. 17% interest on a 30 year note.
 
2013-07-19 10:10:51 AM  

alitaki: This story does not deserve a Florida tag.


This.
 
2013-07-19 10:13:05 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: eats 10 day old Walmart fried chicken


Hell you don't have to be 99 to do that.
 
2013-07-19 10:14:33 AM  

taoistlumberjak: Sounds like he was hired for three days a week, and he just started showing up every day.  That was four years ago.

\Walkin' on sunshiiiiiiine, wooaaaahhh
\\Obscure?


If people don't know High Fidelity, that's their own fault.
 
2013-07-19 10:15:26 AM  
I'm not saying this is why young people can't find a job, but this is why young people can't find a job.
 
2013-07-19 10:20:07 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: I am simultaneously touched and appalled.

Touched that he's happy and his employer has compassion enough to let him be happy.

Appalled that a 99 year-old man considers himself "property," has worked for minimum wage since 1986, eats 10 day old Walmart fried chicken, and does exactly the same thing every... farking... day.  It would be horrible if he had to do that!


Why be appalled by his use of the word "property" he kept his job instead of being unemployed at 86 years of age.  He works at his own pace and enjoys what he does for a living unlike i'm willing to bet 50% of the farkers on here.  He has more than doubled his pay since 1986 and is pretty much untouchable. Plus he eats fried chicken everyday.

Stop being appalled by others who don't live up to your standards of what life is about and if they are happy let them be.
 
2013-07-19 10:20:45 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: I am simultaneously touched and appalled.

Touched that he's happy and his employer has compassion enough to let him be happy.

Appalled that a 99 year-old man considers himself "property," has worked for minimum wage since 1986, eats 10 day old Walmart fried chicken, and does exactly the same thing every... farking... day.  It would be horrible if he had to do that!


web.mit.edu
 
2013-07-19 10:25:40 AM  

George Babbitt: I'm not saying this is why young people can't find a job, but this is why young people can't find a job.


FTA:  For years, he walked the 2.5 miles to work  young people would never do this for a job
He is always on time and I bet is never texting or talking on a cell phone while at work. I'm willing to bet that he always abides by the company dress code and policies and does his job without fail.

Might be some of the reasons young people can't find a job, unwilling to do what is require by their employers
 
2013-07-19 10:28:51 AM  
legion_of_doo: i believe they have his stapler.

Shakes tiny fist
 
2013-07-19 10:33:06 AM  
"I would really rather not."

/obscure?
//Melville
 
2013-07-19 10:35:26 AM  

Scaevola: "I would really rather not."

/obscure?
//Melville


I believe it is

I would prefer not to
 
2013-07-19 10:54:36 AM  

George Babbitt: I'm not saying this is why young people can't find a job, but this is why young people can't find a job.


When this guy finally kicks, do you think they're going to replace him or just have someone in maintenance grab a leaf blower and clean up?

My bet is they won't replace him.
 
2013-07-19 10:56:07 AM  

Waldo Pepper: George Babbitt: I'm not saying this is why young people can't find a job, but this is why young people can't find a job.

FTA:  For years, he walked the 2.5 miles to work  young people would never do this for a job
He is always on time and I bet is never texting or talking on a cell phone while at work. I'm willing to bet that he always abides by the company dress code and policies and does his job without fail.

Might be some of the reasons young people can't find a job, unwilling to do what is require by their employers


Another Lost Generation perhaps...
 
2013-07-19 10:56:48 AM  
genepool lifeboat:
When this guy finally kicks, do you think they're going to replace him or just have someone in maintenance grab a leaf blower and clean up?

Sadly, they said as much in the article.
 
2013-07-19 11:04:21 AM  
That has to be one of the happiest men on the planet.  Not a care in the world but to remain useful which he is still capable of.
 
2013-07-19 11:08:46 AM  
Not really sure this story deserves the florida tag.  Maybe for once the hero tag applies to them both. Fark really needs a Nobel tag
 
2013-07-19 11:40:10 AM  
A few things the company could do to help him are: bring his timesheet down to him, buy him a bus pass, provide a bigger office with a cot and table.

I'm not saying they are evil. They are great for allowing him to do what he wants. But for all involved, cutting out the steps would be a good thing.

"Mr. Newton, the new procedure is that you complete your time card in your office and stick it in this envelope outside your door. I know you would rather do it the old way, but this is coming down from management. Something about a new computer system or something."

Have the office intern pick up the time cards and keep them in a file until the guy dies. Then throw them out.
 
2013-07-19 11:47:28 AM  
Thanks for this story Subby!

I'm not ever going to full out retire either.  I may slow down and work part time but I just can't see myself totally retiring.
 
2013-07-19 11:56:00 AM  
Sounds like my dad. He will never fully retire. He retired from his one job and still keeps his other one. I suspect he has another job as a gigalo for the 90 year old ladys in his town, because when I'm out helping him they always seem happy to see him and put on their sexiest house coats.
 
2013-07-19 11:57:02 AM  
Time enough.
 
2013-07-19 02:32:56 PM  

Waldo Pepper: Scaevola: "I would really rather not."

/obscure?
//Melville

I believe it is

I would prefer not to


Thanks.  Stupid memory...
 
2013-07-19 04:28:29 PM  
"He's just an amazing, quiet, old man with an unbelievable attitude," says Bob Joseph, who does Bama's purchasing.

Whom we pay no more than we absolutely have to. We wish we could pay him less, we really do.
 
2013-07-19 04:31:43 PM  

Waldo Pepper: Might be some of the reasons young people can't find a job, unwilling to do what is require by their employers


Or they might not already own a house and income from a pension. Not to mention that this guy gets paid 8 times what a young person doing the same job would make (at least according to the article). I suspect most people would have trouble living on $1,100/year.
 
2013-07-19 04:56:19 PM  
Come on still paying him min wage after all this time?  Give him some sort of raise.
 
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