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Coming out of the (McDonald’s) closet, part 2

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Dec 14, 2009

Well, it’s a fact, I was a McDonald’s employee, and here’s a photo to prove it, circa 1984, Springfield, Virginia–orangey polyester and all. Don’t I look enthusiastic?

Thanks, Chuck, for reviving one of my ugliest (in more ways than one) secrets.

I can honestly say that I have not eaten a meal at McDonald’s since I quit working there in 1985!

Robyn McDonalds employee

Posted in: Reader Letters, Uncategorized

30 thoughts on “Coming out of the (McDonald’s) closet, part 2”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    So funny! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Anonymous says:

    does the Gooey Chewy Caramel Corn from your holiday collections recipe really have 1 TABLESPOON of salt? we made it tonight for FHE and it was “OFF” pretty sure it’s the salt–was it supposed to be 1 tsp? (or maybe it’s just the taste of the molasses? I dunno) comments appreciated–thanks. (p.s. the texture was perfect if I could get the taste right)

  3. Anonymous says:

    ha ha Robyn, that’s funny! FWIW, I worked at Dunkin’ Donuts, and my uniform was PINK!

  4. Anonymous says:

    HA-HA! I had that same hairdo in 84! Fortunately, not the same uniform. Gotta love that Farrah Fawcett look, though! 😉

  5. Anonymous says:

    awww — look how cute you are! Is that google eyes you’re giving Chuck? That could be another blackmail. 😉 lol

    Seriously – that’s an amazing testimony that you haven’t eaten at McDonald’s since then! Ygg!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love that- that’s hilarious!

  7. Hey, Robyn, don’t knock McDonald’s, part of your self-development history. Many a student, you included, learned how to work and more importantly, how to be organized and efficient, at McDonald’s. My kids worked there. I’m semi-retired now. I may have to work at McDonald’s to augment my small budget, eh? Blessings, Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, Dec 16, 2009

  8. P.S. McDonald’s do have some good salads I think. And “real” orange juice and apple juice. That beats chips and soda pop, eh? :o) Blessings, Doc

  9. p.s.s. I even eat McDonald’s “Filet O Fish” in a pinch. Strip the fried “covering” off, I do, like a good lad, and eat the “bare” fish. Not totally perfect. Good when you’re
    starving late at night, eh? Love and Hugs, Doc

  10. Anonymous says:

    I think this is a wonderful show of CHANGE! You have taken the first step for lots of people to get healthy. You helped me so much with your smoothies recipes! I love my BlendTec!!!!!
    You have a wonderful trip and a very Merry Christmas!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Great Pic. Sooooo Happy you look. What a Great Job and
    Free Food too Hugh?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Says more about Chuck, than it does about you that he thinks people would even care about what you did in the 1980’s.

  13. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Oh, haha, Chuck was just teasing me. And I don’t really care that I’m being “outed”–it’s all just for a laugh. 🙂

  14. Anonymous says:

    Very Cool! More proof that people can and do change. I just love it! Thank You for being there and influencing so many peoples lives for the better. You have helped so much!

  15. Anonymous says:

    That photo looks nothing like you – wow, how we change…

  16. Anonymous says:

    WOW/ Robin you are fantastic…Im so glad I have been turned on to you and your Green Soothies…thankx so much for ypyr information and you do have a “cute” hair do…

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is cute….My daughter was asking for McD’s just today and I said no way…the weird thing is she hardly ever ask for it…why today…hmmmmmmmm???? but we didn’t do it…….
    Thanks for sharing…

  18. Anonymous says:

    too cute,,,,,,,,,

  19. Anonymous says:

    LOL…you would LOL my Taco Bell pics too!!! Oh, how we’ve evolved!!! Its’ all good, or shall I say…It’s all for good!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I worked at McDonalds in the late 70’s. Blue uniform.

  21. Anonymous says:

    From the time I first came to your blog, I was under a strong impression that you were raised vegetarian, and continued to be vegetarian through the course of your life. This confession was a good PR move in response to your whistle-blowing friend… but I would have respected you far more if you had at least alluded to it from the beginning.

  22. Anonymous says:

    OMG! I worked at A&W as a car hop for a summer and then on to Burger King only because the ‘cool Kiss people’ worked there. GAG on the food! But, I, too…..was a part of the fast food industry. Look at that hair! Mine was white blonde and crimped when I worked at Burger King!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I am a big fan of the Green Smoothie Girl. I can see she is beautiful inside and out. She is making big changes in many people’s lives.

    For someone out of the past to try to bring some former junk food habits out now is so childish and it is a sign of extreme jealousy. Even if it is as a joke or teasing, it will just fall to the wayside.

    My wife, and our green smoothie drinking 12 year old daughter think you are great. So keep doing what you are doing.

  24. Just imagine who you’d be if you were still working there and eating that way.
    Great that you saw the light.

  25. it’s great to have other pics of you from different times in your life

  26. I am (sigh) in my late 50’s, and have gone through a lot of food phases. Hamburger hot dishes, pizza rolls, etc., maybe some canned vegetables. Canned chicken a-la-king, yum, canned raviole. Did do carrot sticks. On to frozen burritos, hot pockets, with a lot of chocolate and cookies. Oh, there were also the buttered croissants with cheddar cheese for breakfast daily. And then the fried eggs and cheese sandwiches.
    Doing much better now!
    You shouldn’t be embarrassed or ashamed about working at McDonald’s, but I do agree with your son about fast food burgers. One of the first ones I ever had was nearly raw. GROSS! I ate around the outside, just lucky it didn’t have any e-coli! Didn’t know much about that then.
    Thanks for your site, Robyn.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Robyn I think you are much better looking today than you were in 1984

    at the very least much healthier
    steve

  28. Anonymous says:

    time to lean is time to clean?

  29. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, your site has completely changed my life and the fact that you once ate junk food gives me much hope. Hope you’re having a great time in Peru.
    Aspiring every day to achieve a health, Rosie

  30. Anonymous says:

    ilove u

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