The Manhattan Mercury 

80-year-old Kansas barista brings cheer to customers


January 18, 2019

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — There are two ways to get a pick-me-up at the Dillons East Starbucks: drinking caffeine and talking to barista Shirley Wilson.

"When I first started down there, this one lady came in," Wilson said. "She was so grumpy, she never spoke, never said hi, never smiled. In two weeks, I had her smiling, and she was talking to me."

Wilson joked she "probably talks too much," but she has fun. She said it's important for her to smile and be friendly.

Wilson, who celebrated her 80th birthday on Dec. 28, works five mornings a week.

"That's just right," she told The Manhattan Mer...

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