Woman, 95, Retires From Target ... After 45 Years
Jeanne Brouillet says she'll miss the customers
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
The Bloomington, Minn., Target   (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

(Newser) – On Oct. 28, 1968, Jeanne Brouillet started work as a cashier at the Target in Bloomington, Minn. Monday, exactly 45 years later, she retired from the company at the age of 95, WCCO reports. Since 1973, she's been working at the nearby Edina location, where she has performed various duties (among them: serving cookie samples), and the store threw her a party on her last day. Working at Target has "enriched my life," Brouillet says. "I'm welcome here and that means everything."

Her philosophy for working so long: "If you don’t use it you lose it, so I have kept on using it and have enjoyed every minute of it. ... You’ve got to enjoy what you’re doing and put your heart into it." She's retiring to spend more time with her family, but says she'll keep shopping at Target—where customers who love her came to say goodbye (one even brought her roses). "I’ll miss the public," she says. "I’m a people person."

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Oct 31, 2013 7:24 PM CDT
Of course they did all of this for her. Target has an excellent PR department. They arnt going to fire a 90 year old woman in their HQ home state. Work your ass off on their Overnight or worse 4AM Flow shift unloading trucks with a skeleton crew, running around like a maniac for 8.50 hr with a 1.00 shift differential that gets taken away when the store opens for the last half of your shift. Do that for year and when you get your once a year 30 cent raise tell me how awesome this company is when your doing the work of four people and get rewarded with a "please dont quit" cup of Starbucks Coffee. Retail is awful, and Target is no better to its Logistics teams than Walmart. Warehouse work should get labor wages, not cashier pay.
Oct 31, 2013 10:16 AM CDT
According to Wiki: Started in 1902 by Mr Dayton as Daytons. When he passed Mr Geisse the new owner who worked for Mr Dayton renamed it Target in 1962. I had no idea.
Oct 30, 2013 6:31 PM CDT
Target's employees are treated with respect and fairness by the company. She's not the first there was another woman of similar age and years worked who retired a couple of years ago. It's really easy to see why they're the leader in that market sector maybe not the biggest but still the best.