Amid a noticeable shortage of employees in the fast-food industry, Fulton Mayor Emily Quinn stepped in to help a friend and business in need.
After observing that several stalls were roped off at her local Sonic on a routine basis, Quinn decided to step in. She texted her friend, Melissa Dunn, who manages the fast-food restaurant to offer her services as a carhop.
“I texted her and I said, ‘Hey if you ever want me to carhop, you just let me know. I would be glad to pitch in,'” Quinn said in an interview with SuperTalk’s Rebecca Turner.
Dunn asked the mayor if she was serious about her offer, and not only was Quinn sincere, but she was also eager to do it. The manager took the mayor up on her offer and allowed her to pick up the very next Sunday shift.
“I said, ‘I will be there…and I don’t want any pay. I just want to help y’all.’” Quinn said, adding that while she had fun during her shift, she immediately went to bed when she got home.
Fulton is located in the northeastern part of Mississippi. The has a city population of nearly 4,000 and is located almost perfectly in between Birmingham and Memphis.
Quinn noted that 67 percent of the businesses in Fulton are small businesses. She compared the love she has for her city to that of a parent’s love for their child, and in doing so, she believes that it is essential to nurture the small businesses in her city.
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