One restaurant in Kingsport has an employee that is bringing in a fan club every morning because of his infectious smile and sweet hugs. He has been working there for many years and does not plan to leave any time soon.
Upon walking into the door at the McDonald's in Colonial Heights, you will be greeted with a hello from a man sweeping the floor. Chris Rogers has Down's syndrome and loves his job that helps serve other people.
If you visit a McDonald's you mind find a variety of employees, but at the McDonald's in Colonial Heights, Tennessee you will find one employee that is very special to every customer that enters through the doors. Chris
Rogers started working at McDonald's in 1992 at the age of 31, 20 years ago.
We discovered that McDonald's hires employees that may have special needs and gives them a little extra training so they can have a normal working life.
Chris says loves his job and has made a few fans along the way. One of his fans, Wendell Thompson, told us that he comes into McDonald's almost every day and has developed a strong friendship with Chris. "Every morning Chris comes over and he puts his elbows on my shoulders, and says 'guess who,'" says Thompson.
Thompson will guess multiple characters before guessing correctly and getting a big hug from Chris.
Chris has never met a stranger while working at the McDonald's and our crew learned that first-hand.
"Chris is a loving, sweet person. He just bubbles over and can't help himself," said Thompson.
"Everybody that comes in here comes in to talk to him. He talks to everybody who comes in here," said Stephanie Reed, an employee at McDonald's.
However, do not let his sweet ways fool you -- when Chris is at work, he is working the whole time to the best of his ability. "I take out the trash and clean the men's and ladies' rooms," said Chris.
"He's always got a positive attitude. He is nice and sweet. He always does what he is told and you don't really have to do anything for him," said Reed.
He never has to have anyone cover a shift for him; he has never missed a day of work.
Chris brings a little light to anyone who walks through the doors with a friendly smile and hug. When asked about his job his response was, "I like it!"
If you ever have the opportunity to meet Chris, be sure to only say nice things about the Volunteers or the Braves. They are his favorite!