Elderly man retires at 72, takes up new job at McDonald's just a day after because he was ‘bored’
Retirement is a well-earned reward after a long and productive career. For many, it is the fullfilment of a dream eagerly awaited for years.
The action or fact of leaving one's job and ceasing to work is a feeling of joy for many people around the world.
But Daryl Holmes doesn't belong to that category of people. He was so attached to daily work that he applied for a new job just a day after retirement.
The 72-year-old has worked in the disability sector for several years. But just a day after his final work day, boredom got the better of him.
Realising he won't be able to sit idle, he applied for a new job at Newcastle's Wallsend McDonald's and got selected.
Holmes told 9News that he took up the new job because likes to keep busy and just can't sit at home all day doing nothing.
"I have to keep busy, I can't just sit and do nothing ... if I can work another eight years now until I'm 80, that's fine with me," he told the news outlet.
The new job at McDonald's is special for the 72 year old man because he is the oldest employee at the outlet. He was hired as a customer experience leader.
"I just talk about the importance of enjoying what you do, learning from it and making sure they've got someone when times are tough to talk to. I'm just like their grandfather," he said.
Following the hiring, Wallsend McDonald's operations consultant Cruise Monaghan said: "Usually it'd just be sit down, don't get much, probably no communication from staff. Now Daryl comes in, makes sure everything is fine, checks on you, asks how your day has been - they love him."
Delighted in his new place of work, the 72-year-old has now started urging other senior people to do the same after retirement.
"There's a lot of work out there," he said.