Mich. quin­tu­plets lovin’ it, work at the same McDon­ald’s restau­rant

Baltimore Sun - - BUSINESS - By Mike House­holder

POTTERVILLE, Mich. — Nearly ev­ery­where you look in­side one Michi­gan McDon­ald’s, there’s an 18year-old Cur­tis.

Leith, Lo­gan and Lu­cas Cur­tis work in the kitchen.

Lau­ren Cur­tis is re­spon­si­ble for the front counter.

And Lind­sey Cur­tis han­dles the lobby and din­ing area of the restau­rant where the quin­tu­plets work in Potterville.

Their mother calls the ar­range­ment “McCur­tis.”

It started about a year ago when boss Re­nee Draves asked Lu­cas Cur­tis a ques­tion she of­ten poses to her younger workers: Did he and his co-worker/sis­ter have any sib­lings look­ing for a job?

“She won­dered if we had any other sib­lings, and, funny enough, we did,” Lu­cas said, smil­ing.

Lu­cas is the youngest, born three min­utes after older brother Leith. Lu­cas and his sis­ter Lau­ren started work­ing at the McDon- ald’s last fall, and their three sib­lings fol­lowed.

Yet few cus­tomers are aware that the non­iden­ti­cal five­some, who make up 11 per­cent of their se­nior class at Potterville High School, are re­lated.

They rep­re­sent about half the restau­rant’s staff on a typ­i­cal Sun­day, but only re­cently has word spread about their re­la­tion­ship.

“Up un­til this point, no­body knew,” said their fa­ther, Leith Cur­tis, a po­lice of­fi­cer in nearby Lans­ing who him­self is a twin.

Lu­cas said he and his sib­lings get along well, so work­ing to­gether has been easy. Draves, who owns four McDon­ald’s restau­rants in the area, said she couldn’t be hap­pier.

“Be­ing a quin­tu­plet, they know team­work prob­a­bly bet­ter than any­one else,” she said. Plus, Draves said, she has a math­e­mat­i­cal ad­van­tage.

“If I have a shift that I need cov­ered, I can call their house, and it’s a onein-five shot that I’m go­ing to get one of them in,” she said.

MIKE HOUSE­HOLDER/AP

From left, 18-year-old non­iden­ti­cal quin­tu­plets Lu­cas, Lau­ren, Lind­sey, Leith and Lo­gan Cur­tis work at the McDon­ald’s in Potterville, near Lans­ing, Mich.

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