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Ever since I started working, I’ve had a lot of different jobs. I’ve worked in pizza restaurants, lobster diners, giant banquet halls and everywhere in between. I started working when I was 15-years-old (and I don’t think I’ve had a day off since.) But the job I still think about is my time at McDonald’s.  I, like hundreds of thousands of Canadians, worked at McDonald’s during high school and all these years later, I still look back on it and smile.  

And I think that even though I was barely older than an okay bottle of whisky, I knew that I had a good job.  It was safe, fun, and challenging and yeah, the employee discount was pretty sweet. Especially because the McDonald’s I worked at shared a parking lot with my high school.  The above photo is actually of the McDonald’s I worked at in Fredericton back when I had hair on my head and not my face. 

But I’m not the only one who loved working at McDonalds, I did some digging and turns out some pretty famous faces helped give out those free smiles McDonald’s is famous for. 

Shania Twain

Come On Over…and bring the McChicken Sauce. 

One of Canada’s most famous singers ever worked at McDonald’s before her music career took off. During one of her interviews, Shania was talking about her time at McDonald’s, where she worked her way to being a trainer, saying “It was cool. It was a very very good job.”   And like, she says she still eats at McDonald’s. Which is a sign of a good place to work, if you still wanna eat there after your shift is done. Cause I’ve definitely worked at some places where I wouldn’t eat there if I didn’t have to.  

Rachel McAdams

“On Wednesdays we wear pink…and eat Big Macs.”

Before she was a Mean Girl, Rachel McAdams worked at McDonalds. 

“I would get a little bit flustered when it got a little bit busy.” In an interview for her movie (and one of my favourites) About Time, she shared this funny story.

Gas Boy

Okay, yes, Gas Boy was my nickname for a while and though I’m not famous like Shania and Rachel, but in some circles (mainly my parents’ house) people know my full name.   But back in my McDonald’s days, my nickname around work was Gas Boy. No, not for the reasons you think. It’s because on my first day of work, I called the pedal you have to push to make McFlurry’s the gas pedal. In my defense, all these years later I still don’t know what you’d call it. But the name Gas Boy stuck and I’m happy to own it to this day. 

If you wanna join the ranks of famous McDonald’s employees, the timing has actually never been easier. 

McDonald’s has launched new voice integration technology which can help kick-start your application. The new voice integration means starting a job application at McDonald’s Canada is now as simple as saying ‘Hey Alexa’ or ‘Hey Google’.

Mike Morrison