Meet Betty

I had to catch Betty in between tables to fit her interview in – the pub was packed while we were talking!  If you’ve visited our local restaurants anytime in the last two decades, chances are you’ve seen Betty around.  We’re going to shine the spotlight on her to get to know her just a little better…
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Quick Facts:
Name: Betty Carter
Age: 65
Position: Server
Birthplace: Dunn, NC
Favorite WHBC Guest Beer: Pineapple Cider
Favorite WHBC Food: Grilled Shrimp
Education: Sanford Central High School, NC.  I got my GED the same year my Pam graduated!

WHBC: Thanks for taking a few minutes here and there to sit for this!  I’ll start with the basics – How long have you been at Wharf?
B: Since day 2.  I worked for Robert when he owned the Grille, then worked for both owners after, off and on.  I was working at Reel Inn when I heard Robert was opening a new restaurant.  So I called him up and said, “Robert is what I hear true?”  He said, “It depends on what you heard!”  I asked him if he was opening a new restaurant and he told me about Lee and how he was helping Lee open Wharf Hill.  I asked him to keep Pam and I in mind for staffing, and he let me know we were the first two he thought of!  Pam is my daughter.
WHBC: So you followed Robert here – why?  What do you like about working here?
B: Three things: The staff, the management, and the customers.
WHBC: Do you have a favorite customer?
B: The McConnells. I think that’s spelled right.  They’re so nice, easy going, and very polite.  Also, Don & Candie.  They were customers of mine at The Grille, then Reel Inn, then they followed me here.
WHBC: Are you here full time?
B: No. I work 4 shifts a week.  I work full time, five days a week, for Western Branch Diesel as a payroll clerk.  I’ve been there 42 years.
WHBC: Wow!  That’s incredible!  So if you work there full time, and here 4 shifts a week, what do you do in your spare time?  Or is that a mythical idea?  Is spare time even a thing for you?!
B: Not really!  When I’m not working, I’m sitting and resting, and sleeping.  That’s just the reality of it!
WHBC: Do you have any days off total during the week?
B: I do have Sundays off to get caught up on everything.
WHBC: I’m tired just listening to your schedule! When you do find yourself with spare time, or time off, do you have a hobby?  What do you like to do?
B: We like to camp.  We have a travel trailer.  Our favorite place to camp is Bethpage Resort.  We call it the Cadillac of campgrounds.  We like Hatteras also.
WHBC: Getting back to work, since that’s where most of your time is spent anyway!  I’m sure after working in this industry since the 90s, you are familiar with getting in the weeds.  What’s your best strategy for getting out?
B: Holler out for help! You have to ask for help.  Make sure you use big letters for that – HELP!
WHBC: Haha.  I couldn’t agree more!  I was a server for five years and agree you have to rely on each other!  Who is one of your favorite people to work with and why?
B: Debbie, because… {we just got slammed.  Please imagine your favorite telephone hold music at this time.  We will return shortly!}

WHBC: Aaaaand, we’re back.  Two hours later. Okay, so you said you like working with Debbie.  Why is that?
B:  You know what it is?  She’s an excellent team player.  I mean, I like working with everyone, but I really like working with her.  It’s like we understand each other.
B: You asked me before about something funny that’s happened while I’ve been working.  The only thing that came to mind was the time I was walking up from the kitchen, not a thing in my hand, and tripped up the stairs.  Fell right down on the floor and was so embarrassed all I could do was lay there laughing!
WHBC: Haha.  Tripping over nothing is a common thing – it’s okay.  I’m glad you weren’t hurt.  Okay last thing because I know it’s super busy tonight!  Tell me something most people wouldn’t know about you?
B:  Probably that I smoked for 14 years.  I quit in 1976.
WHBC: Congratulations!  That’s hard to do.  Okay, let’s get back to work – thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you! I appreciate you!
B: Well thank you!  I appreciate everyone!
Betty makes me smile every time I see her!
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