She’s the oldest clerk at Upper Darby’s Rite Aid and she’s happy to be there, writes Marc Narducci for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
In fact, for Connie Kleinschmidt, 84, this is just the latest in a couple of post-retirement jobs.
Retirement, she said, is overrated.
She had been working at Verizon (formerly Bell Telephone ) for 30 years, retiring in 1998. That lasted nine months.
“It got old pretty quick,” Kleinschmidt said. “I wanted to get back to work.”
Kleinschmidt, from Aldan, took a full-time job in Folcroft with Eckerd Drugs, later Rite Aid.
That store closed last year, so she transferred to the Garrett Road Rite Aid in Upper Darby.
Now she gets to talk to customers while ringing up their orders.
Sal Calabrese was a regular at the Folcroft store.
“For about six or seven years, I would go there almost every day to talk to her, even if I didn’t need anything to buy,” he said. ”It was great to interact with her. She knows the Phillies inside out and she was so easy to talk to, so engaging.”
Kleinschmidt can recall only five nasty customers in her 21 years at Rite Aid.
Read more about Connie Kleinschmidt here.
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