95-Year-Old Target Cashier Retires After 45 Years On The Job

Jeanne Brouillet says she "enjoyed every minute of it"

WCCO
Retail work may be the most common occupation in the United States, as AOL Jobs has reported, but some still find a way to stand out. One such worker is Jeanne Brouillet (pictured above) a cashier for Target in the Minneapolis area. Brouillet is 95 years old, and as local CBS outlet WCCO reported, she's finally retiring after 45 years of service. That means that she started with Target when Lyndon Johnson was president.

Brouillet started in 1968 at a Target branch in Bloomington, Minn. Five years later, she changed to a location in Edina, where she worked for the following four decades. Along with working as a cashier, she's worked in sales and in presenting samples of Target products. On her last day she was handing out samples of cookies.

Why did she stay on the job into her tenth decade of life? "I'm a people person," she told WCCO. And she credits her longevity to her decision to stay on the job. "If you don't use it you lose it, so I have kept on using it and have enjoyed every minute of it."

Such stories are a welcome respite from a labor market sometimes characterized by nastier forces like layoffs, racism and long-term unemployment, to name just a handful. Indeed, financial news website Consumerist.com said Brouillet's story induced "warm fuzzies."

Brouillet's longevity is all the more impressive given that it can be tougher to get a job at Target than it can be to get accepted into Yale. AOL Jobs has reported that a Target in Los Angeles received over 4,000 applications for 250 openings in 2012, which meant that just 6.25 percent of applicants could be hired. Comparatively, Yale's acceptance rate is 7.1 percent.

Of course, that's not something that Brouillet has to worry about. Her biggest concern about ending her long career in retail? "I'll miss the public," she said.

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Jerry

She's very Brave! I can remember going to work at 18 years of age. With working for a retail store and when I turned 25 they told me they was letting me go because I was getting to OLD to work for them. They said they needed young people to push their retail items. That's Wants Good For Business!! Thank-you and Don't report to WORK in the morning because you don't work here any more!!

November 05 2013 at 7:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ava

Lucky to live in Minnesota otherwise this would have been impossible.

November 03 2013 at 6:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LINDA

Very "Cool" article!

November 03 2013 at 1:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrik8

Great story! I just hope I can make it to age 65 on my job! She looks great for her age...God bless.

November 03 2013 at 1:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RouteUS66Busload

Heartfully i'm very proud of her.

November 03 2013 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
imaviper49

I have no idea why she has stayed that long. At the Target in my town they treat any employee who won't suck up to management like they don't exist. Older employees are especially suceptible to this attitude because this company is so youth oriented. They run their huddles (daily team meetings) like high school pep rallies and advancement (promotions) only go to those who suck up. Openings in management are suppose to be posted for all employees to be able to apply for, but here they aren't because management has already decided who will get them from their "preferred" list. When someone reported this to corporate last spring a post suddenly appeared for a job someone had been training for for a week and a half. That person was then told to hurry up and go post for it. And three days later it was announced that person had it. Surprise surprise ! If you want a job with a future and want to hold onto your self esteem, don't go here.

November 03 2013 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mrmail054

Target Age Discriminates against 55 and over for employment .
Jeanne Brouillet lucky she got her start at 50 !
Having young wippers wet behind the ears asking you questions not even pertinent to the job.

November 03 2013 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Freddy De Joint

God Bless her, I only wish i that i could be strong like her, she is great !!!!!!!!!

November 03 2013 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

Big hand for the nice lady.....she rocked every day and loved all she met.....how cool is that ?.....very :>)

November 02 2013 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wtolsma

She did not say she loved all she met, she only said she was a peoples person. but maybe she did loved everyone she met. There is no doubt tho that she enjoyed people coming in. I probably could take some lessons from her.

November 03 2013 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DOUG

What a fantastic lady. Kudo's to her for her work ethic. Maybe we should show her to some of these 20 somethings collecting welfare how satifying a job can be....

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