Lucy Shelton, 85: 47-year Waffle House employee

When Waffle House customers leave the restaurant, a friendly reminder to return is posted on the door: “We’ll see you next time.”

The goodbye quote didn’t come from a marketing expert, but from the longest-serving hourly employee in the company.

“We got that from Miss Lucy,” Waffle House Vice President of Marketing and Communications Pat Warner said.

That’s how Lucy Shelton greeted customers on their way out the door during the 47 years she worked as a Waffle House waitress and greeter in the Atlanta area.

In particular, it was her trademark saying at the East Point unit at 1674 Washington Road, where she worked for 16 years before retiring in 2004.

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