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Tallahassee's Favorite McDonald's Employee

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

The economy is in shambles, unemployment is on the rise, and the weather is brutal. All reasons to make us cranky.

But despite it all, one Tallahassee man continues to focus on the positive no matter what life throws at him. And his job depends on it.

David Powe is the definition of customer service.

If you've been to the McDonald's on Thomasville road in Tallahassee, then you've met David. And unlike most fast food employees, David Powe has a fan club.

"He's the only reason we come to McDonald's. If I drive though and he's not here, I go ahhh. Nobody in the world makes me feel better."

And no one in the world feels better than David Powe. He's always smiling, always happy, and always ready to lift your spirits.

" I just like the customers and dealing with people. I love people," said David Powe.

"If he's not here, customers always say, where's David? He's a great inspiration to the company," said store manager Jerod Jones, "He's touched so many people and our customers and everything. He's a great asset to work for us."

David works at McDonald's three days a week, and fills his time working at a gas station and practicing his photography. He's 42 years old, working for low wages yet his co-workers say he is the happiest man in America.

"I try to make him mad, just to see what he would do. But he always says, you're a blessed man," said Jones.

Maybe he has a point. No matter what he does or what challenges he encounters, David Powe fights through it with a smile. The only thing that doesn't get him excited. The thought of another day eating McDonald's food.

"Not really. You can have it so many days. I can't deal with it no more."


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