Working 51 Years and Only Calling Out Sick Once (Eater DC)

R. Lopez / Eater DC
R. Lopez / Eater DC

During her 51 years working for Marriott, Lorraine Singleton has only called out sick once. The southeast DC native serves up endless cups of coffee during breakfast at Nage Bistro, pouring out a palpable love for her job day after day.

Singleton, 73, has witnessed the change of the hotel and restaurant scene, working for Marriott since race riots rocked this city, holding practically every position possible from the laundry room to the kitchen. She says the job “keeps her going” and hardly thinks about retiring. So what is her secret to surviving the industry for half a century? Read on to find out, and learn what lame excuse she used to call out sick that one time.

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Continue reading the interview on Eater DC website, published on September 30, 2014. 

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