Dorothy Bale has worked diligently over the last 25 years at her local Holladay, Utah, Arby’s. And just four months short of turning 95 years old, she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
“It’s really been quite fun.
I’m just going to keep going as long as they’ll let me.” Dorothy Bale, Team Member, Arby’s
Dorothy became a fixture in the restaurant after joining the team in 1994. She sought out a way to stay busy after her husband tragically passed away, and the Arby’s just one mile down the road provided that opportunity.
Over the years, guests in the area began to recognize her familiar white Ford Taurus in the parking lot, stopping in to say a quick ‘Hello’ before picking up a Jamocha shake for the road.
Dorothy was invited to the Arby’s Worldwide Franchise Convention in Las Vegas, where then-Arby’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Brown recognized her in front of more than 1,000 attendees.
These memorable moments over the last 25 years are what made Friday’s celebration so special. The in-restaurant festivities included Dorothy donning a 10-gallon hat featured in the Arby’s logo and welcoming warm hugs from regulars accustomed to seeing her hustle and bustle around the restaurant.
She’s enjoyed the days following the special celebration, thumbing through newspaper clippings, both old and new.
“I’ve been going back through the years,” Dorothy said.
“It’s nice reminiscing.”
To this day, Dorothy looks forward to the daily lunch rush, where dozens of guests ranging from working professionals to teenagers from the high school across the street trickle into the restaurant.
And when she’s not working, she’s able to stay just as busy, working on her long game on the golf range or sprucing up her garden.
“Do you know any other 94 year olds who are working, playing golf and taking care of their yard?” Dorothy Bale, Team Member, Arby’s
No, Dorothy, we don’t. And that’s what makes you so exceptional.