Olympic experience thrills manager
It isn’t every day that Usain Bolt walks into your workplace.
But that’s what happened to Tokoroa McDonalds senior manager Hone Wilson while working in the McDonald’s restaurant in the Olympic Village.
While seeing the fastest man in history was a phenomenal sight, it was also expected.
‘‘It was awesome, a really great experience,’’ he said.
Mr Wilson left for London in August after McDonald’s directors in Auckland were impressed with his presentation on how he believes the business should be operating.
He won return airfares to the London Olympics, where he worked at the world’s largest McDonald’s restaurant built especially for the Olympics.
‘‘We were actually working in the Olympic Village. Athletes would just come in and order whatever they wanted, like 10 Big Macs.
‘‘I saw Usain Bolt, he came in but it was just for a promotional thing.’’
‘‘ We went to the swimming events and we went round and did sightseeing.’’
There were about 114 other employees from 36 countries working with Hone.
‘‘There were a few people from countries who couldn’t speak English so we just had to do a bit of sign language.’’
He said the feeling at the event was electric.
‘‘It was just the atmosphere of being there, when we had to walk through the security to get in. Just seeing it on TV and actually being there,’’ he said.
Mr Wilson also said all of the McDonald’s employees shared the same hotel creating camaraderie and enjoying the occasion together.
‘‘I got to meet all of the other people from the other countries. McDonald’s on the other side of the world is exactly the same over here,’’ he said.
‘‘People there were just really enjoying themselves.’’
As part of the prize, he also saw some Olympic events.
Mr Wilson has been working at McDonald’s Tokoroa for 11 years and was joined by a McDonald’s manager from Whangarei.
TRIP OF A LIFETIME: McDonald’s Tokoroa manager Hone Wilson, centre, said his trip to the London Olympics was a great experience.