Rutter’s hopefuls: A conversation with two applying for work at the York County chain

Madison Bowe, left, and Alex Firth apply for jobs at Rutter's on Thursday.

Met some cool cats hanging out at Rutter’s in Jacobus Thursday during the convenience store chain’s job fair for the new location in Loganville.

I tried to yap with the prospective employees and put their minds at ease as they waited for their interviews.

We’ve all been there. It’s a tense situation.

That’s how I met Madison Bowe.

She’s 17-year-old high Susquehannock High School junior hoping to land a job at Rutter’s to pay for dual enrollment fees next year.

After that, she needs to pay for college, where she hopes to study medicine.

Next to her was Alex Firth, a 23-year-old high school graduate who was hoping someone would give him a chance.

Recently, the New Salem man moved back home with his mother after living independently, for the most part, since high school, he said.

“My lease was up,” he said. “I lived with a couple other guys. They were going different directions. I couldn’t afford to live on my own.”

He works part-time at Finley’s Tavern in Seven Valleys, and hopes to combine that with a fulltime gig at Rutter’s.

But it’s not about getting out of his mom’s house.

It’s about taking care of her.

She has multiple sclerosis, he said.

“If somebody could just give me an opportunity,” he said, “I’d do whatever … I want to take care of her. She’s definitely done that for me.”

Good luck to everyone!

My office on Thursday. I'll be traveling to other Rutter's locations to work in the coming months. Look for me! Or e-mail lboyer@ydr.com to find out what I'm up to next!

 

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