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99-Year-Old Man Works For Minimum Wage…For Over 30 Years
Zero Hedge ^ | 24 July, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 07/24/2013 10:06:38 AM PDT by Errant

When Newton Murray — everyone calls him Mr. Newton — moved from his native Trinidad to Tampa, Florida, he went to Harry H. Bell & Sons cold storage facility and applied for a job as a janitor. He got the job, and began sweeping and cleaning 90,000 square feet of enclosed warehouse space, plus parking lots and loading docks, for minimum wage. That was 33 years ago. Since then, the now 99-year-old man has never arrived for work late, never left work early, never said no, and never asked for – or received – a raise.

In 2000, the two-block-long complex where he 99 Year Old Man Works For Minimum Wage...For Over 30 Years worked, and works, was sold, to Bama Sea Products. As this piece in the Tampa Bay Times details, the new owners were in the process of moving in when this old man showed up for work. The general manager said the building had been sold, and it was no longer Harry Bell’s.

“No matter, Cap’n,” John Jackson remembers him saying. “I come with the property.” Obviously Jackson let him stay. “What was I going to do?” The next day, Mr. Newton came back, bringing his own broom this time, and he has been coming back ever since, though he has cut his work week back to just three days.

What long days those are though. From the time his alarm clock goes off, at 3:30 a.m., it typically takes him 30 minutes to make his way to the kitchen to make tea. After dressing and packing some fried chicken for lunch, it’s a 20-minute, two-block walk to the bus stop. Finally, some four hours after waking up, he arrives at work.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: janitor; minimumwage; retirement; work
Just ignore the stupid, "If President Obama had a grandfather would he look like Newton Murray?" line. I don't think so...
1 posted on 07/24/2013 10:06:38 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

His boss is a jerk.


2 posted on 07/24/2013 10:09:51 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Errant

This man has more work ethic in his little finger then obama’s entire family has.


3 posted on 07/24/2013 10:12:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Errant

In 33 years you have never gained any new skills or sought to get a better paying job? He sounds like an exemplary employee and I am certain he could have gotten hired at another company for a better wage, but apparently didn’t try.


4 posted on 07/24/2013 10:13:29 AM PDT by The Great RJ (construction)
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To: Organic Panic
well, this is what the proponents of increasing the minimum wage will say...that left to their own devices, employers would just as soon never give a raise even over 30 yrs....

this worker is a good man though...we used to have millions of these kind....working steady, never late, never taking days off..

look at these people "retiring" at age 40 or so...."retiring"....our collective work ethic has become so pathetic its obscene...

5 posted on 07/24/2013 10:16:27 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Errant

clearly Mr. Newton Murry has been blessed by God.

but, i keep hearing that Americans won’t do this kind of work. i’ll have to cite his example the next time i hear that. i wish he’d quit and run for president though.


6 posted on 07/24/2013 10:17:36 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: Errant
He certainly deserves more money to go with the small pension he receives. That said, it's the job that's keeping him alive.

Recall the 100-year old man who worked decades for the Los Angeles metro transit dept., since the days they had trolleys. He missed 1/2 day of work the entire time...to attend his wife's funeral. He retired and was dead within months.

Keep going, man!

7 posted on 07/24/2013 10:17:36 AM PDT by twister881
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To: The Great RJ
you understand that he was well up in his sixties when he took this job, right?

I'm sure he just wanted some work to get by...he was going to recreate the light bulb.....just the same, a decent and moral employer would have at least given COLA increases...

8 posted on 07/24/2013 10:19:30 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Errant
So this guy took a job at Texaco in 1940 when he was 26, retired in 1980 at 66, and then worked for 33 more years at Bama.

Guy's been contributing positively to society for at least 73 years.

God bless Newton Murray.

9 posted on 07/24/2013 10:19:32 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: driftdiver
You got that right, and on both sides!

I worked with an old black man when I first got married at the ripe old age of 19. We both made minimum wage (about $2.35 hour at that time). He was in his sixties and had put two daughters through college. This was way back before all of the programs they have today. I still remember his name today. He was one of the nicest, most honest, and hard working guys in that entire farm equipment dealership. I and everyone else always used mister, when addressing him.

10 posted on 07/24/2013 10:20:54 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

I respect Newton Murray and salute him for his work.

I do not respect the Obamadork and give him the one finger salute for his lack of work. Same for his dorky wife.


11 posted on 07/24/2013 10:21:09 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: The Great RJ

According to the article, he retired and could’ve lived off his modest pension after working for Texaco in Trinidad for 40 years. Instead, when he arrived in Florida, he decided to take yet another job (this job).

This man simply enjoys being productive. At 99 years old. :-0 Hats off to him.


12 posted on 07/24/2013 10:21:53 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: cherry

Well you used to be able to work for yourself. Right now I only work 60% for myself and 40% for my superiors in the various levels of government.

That could have something to do with the lack of work ethic.


13 posted on 07/24/2013 10:21:54 AM PDT by delapaz
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To: Errant
though he has cut his work week back to just three days.

Slacker.

14 posted on 07/24/2013 10:23:05 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Organic Panic
His boss is a jerk.

Really? Based on the article, it takes him 20 minutes to go two blocks, so I doubt he's a super efficient janitor. Additionally, it doesn't seem like he is really needed, but rather the boss kept him on out of a sense of obligation.

If he was really after more than minimum wage, he could have probably done better any week of those last 99 years. Some people are just looking for a room and somewhere to spend their day. I'd say he found a quiet place to retire.

15 posted on 07/24/2013 10:24:49 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Da Coyote
Your respect for Mr. Murray brought a smile here on this end.

And your hilarious comment following that made Me burst out into laughter! Well done!

16 posted on 07/24/2013 10:25:47 AM PDT by Utilizer
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To: SampleMan; Organic Panic

last 33 years, no 99


17 posted on 07/24/2013 10:26:00 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: dadfly
clearly Mr. Newton Murry has been blessed by God.

Completely agree.

Contrast this story with that of the German billionaire a few years ago, who stopped his Mercedes on a railroad crossing, in front of an oncoming train.

A person is only really rich when they are happy and their soul secure.

18 posted on 07/24/2013 10:27:06 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Organic Panic
His boss is a jerk.

You don't know the half of it.....that storage "facility" was notorious as a seafood repacking/remarking/relabeling station during my years in the frozen fish business.

19 posted on 07/24/2013 10:27:08 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: Errant
Similar story: When my family moved to France in the 1950s, my parents rented a house in the Paris suburbs. When we arrived, a woman was sweeping outside. Marguerite announced she was the housekeeper, and that she “came with the property.” She became a beloved member of the family, more than just a housekeeper — friend, confidante, nanny, protector. She would speak only French to me (2-5 years old), and that coupled with attending a French preschool turned me into a bilingual kid, at least for a time. She is gone now, as are my parents, but I think of her fondly from time to time.
20 posted on 07/24/2013 10:28:03 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Errant

exactly.


21 posted on 07/24/2013 10:31:27 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: The Great RJ
In 33 years you have never gained any new skills or sought to get a better paying job?

Maybe this man is John Galt??

22 posted on 07/24/2013 10:35:56 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Errant
“I cannot let them down. They need me.”

What better reason to keep on living life than the motivation of being needed. It seems that many retired people take jobs for that very reason, not because they need money, but because they need to stay productive. Kudos to Mr. Murray.

23 posted on 07/24/2013 10:37:39 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Lou L; Publius
Maybe this man is John Galt??

I had the same thought at first. Pinging to Publius. You might find this story interesting.

24 posted on 07/24/2013 10:43:36 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Galt would never have let anyone write an article about him. Someone at 20th Century Motors would have remembered him, and the NSA and IRS would have been on him in minutes.


25 posted on 07/24/2013 10:47:03 AM PDT by Publius
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To: Errant

I would have given him significant raises.


26 posted on 07/24/2013 10:48:54 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: Errant

I suspected you were from the South, probably rural South. I was raised to refer to my elders as Mister or Miss and their first name, all ladies 16 and up are Maam. Race didn’t matter.


27 posted on 07/24/2013 11:19:39 AM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: Errant

What minimum wage is he getting? 2012 minimum wage or 1980 minimum wage?


28 posted on 07/24/2013 11:20:36 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Working for minimum wage means you get the prevailing minimum wage. BTW, that’s not a raise.


29 posted on 07/24/2013 11:26:03 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: I want the USA back

I would have to...for exemplary work ethic...loyalty to job...and I’d figure out a few more reasons.


30 posted on 07/24/2013 11:27:08 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: wideawake

Exactly, with a catch in my throat.


31 posted on 07/24/2013 11:30:40 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Tired of Taxes

——when he arrived in Florida-——

As an illegal alien


32 posted on 07/24/2013 11:34:59 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Errant
That was 33 years ago and he never received a raise.

Sounds like the rest of the private sector...

33 posted on 07/24/2013 11:41:31 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Errant

I read it in the paper, Mr. Newton is what made America great. Kudos to the seafood company to keep him working.


34 posted on 07/24/2013 1:05:04 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul or Sara/Nikki in 2016)
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To: twister881

That’s a beautiful story. She was like a surrogate Grand-Mama to you. I can imagine Meryl Streep playing a colorful personality like that, only in the movie, she’d have an 83y/o boyfriend.


35 posted on 07/24/2013 3:54:02 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Errant

Actually, the minimum wage has gone from $3.10 to $7.25 per hour during the time he has worked.


36 posted on 07/24/2013 5:57:51 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: wideawake

This is a positive black role model.


37 posted on 07/24/2013 7:13:13 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Publius

Good point. (lol)


38 posted on 07/25/2013 7:52:06 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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