WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — When Bailey McFeely’s grandma called up the McDonald’s on Kemp to see if she could score a few ice cream cone tickets for Bailey to give out at her kindergarten class’s career day, she didn’t know the friendship that was about to start.
Before seeing Bailey, Kemp location general manager TJ Arcinue didn’t know what to expect either.
“So she was wearing a red shirt that has her name on it: Bailey,” Arcinue said. “And her grandma asked for a picture, and so that’s how it started.”
A friendship began with one picture as well as an invitation back for a behind the scenes tour.
“It’s just so exciting to have kids that think they might want to work at McDonald’s, and that’s what this is all about, the little kids,” Wichita Falls McDonald’s Director of Operations Kathy Holland said. “Not only an exclusive tour but some extra gear to remember the trip.”
And TJ, along with Holland who’s been around for just over 30 years, gets just as much out of these experiences.
“I get excited when kids like Bailey want to work at McDonald’s because we offer tuition assistance,” Arcinue said.
“Families come in here, they’ll have their first, second and third child, and then the kids just grow up here, and then they just know what they want.” Holland said. “Then they’ll come and work here, or they’ll go to college and come back and say, Ms. Kathy, we miss you. So it’s really cool.”
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