He’s been working at least a few times a week for 90 years. He supposedly “retired” in the 80’s but he just doesn’t want to stop! That is how 97-year-old Benny Ficeto of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, ends up at the local Stop & Shop two days a week where he clocks a four hour shift as a bag boy. Benny has done everything from shoe shine boy to warehouse supervisor for a cosmetics company in his 90 years of working. Benny did take some time off of the 9 to 5 grind when he went to Barber School but that stopped when he served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He was a gunner on a B-25 Mitchell bomber, flying mostly over northern Africa and Italy.
But Benny isn’t one to take breaks. As a matter of fact: Mike Moss, the assistant manager at the store said if he tells Benny to take a break, he’ll yell at him. “I don’t want to stop. Don’t tell me how to work. See the light on, that’s where I’m going,” Benny said “I don’t take no breaks.” He said, ‘Why would I take a break when I only get to work four hours?’ What an interesting way to put it… I only get to work four hours.
The thing is for Benny it is more than just a paycheque, it is a purpose; “I get a feeling that I did something good. You can’t just stand around, like an idiot. You have to have a reason to keep alive,” he said. An important lesson for all of those who may find themselves wondering what they are doing, or why a 97-year-old who has been working since he was 7 shining shoes would want to bag groceries. Finding a purpose is no small thing. So good on Benny. Read more about him and watch the interview in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from CBS News.