NEEDHAM, Mass. – After 32 years on the job, Freia David is hanging up her apron.
Freia, 52, has Down syndrome and has worked at McDonald’s five days a week for three hours a day for more than three decades.
She started her career at McDonald’s through the Charles River Center, a nonprofit that provides employment and job training for adults and children with developmental disabilities, WFXT reports.
Freia’s coworkers threw her a party on her last day, showering her with hugs and high-fives.
“I’m speechless,” Freia’s 90-year-old mother, Anneliese David, told the Boston Globe. “I expected a party, but not a party like this.”
Freia has been living in a group home since her late 30s. Many of her friends came to the party to congratulate her on her retirement.
After retirement, Freia will spend her time at a day care program, where she will spend time volunteering with friends, Inside Edition reports.
“She’ll just be enjoying her retirement,” said residential director Amy Coran.