Asda shopper Kirsty Summer took this fantastic selfie with our much-loved 85-year-old checkouts colleague Mary Wilkins and posted it on a local Facebook page asking: "Who else has a soft spot for Mary?" And the response was phenomenal!
Hundreds of customers from our Lincoln North Hykeham store responded to say that Mary was a local treasure and that she always made them smile with her friendly, cheerful and happy manner.
Kirsty, who lives five minutes from store, always makes a beeline for Mary's till when she buys her groceries.
She said: "Mary always seems happy to be there and happy to chat. She's so sweet and cute. She always comments on my shopping when she puts it through – that always makes me giggle.
"She's like a grandma. I don't have a grandmother in my life so if I could adopt her as my grandmother I definitely would.
"The reason I took her photograph was to send it to my ex-husband who loves her as well to say: 'Look who I've just seen' and then I thought I'd post it on Facebook as I thought so many people must love her – and they do!"
Here's just a few of the comments left about Mary.
- She's always very cheerful and pleasant. A lovely lady
- Always so happy and chatty. She's a diamond
- I always go to Mary when I shop, lovely lady
- She is so friendly and cheerful. A pleasure to be served by her
- She's always so polite and friendly
- Oh we all love Mary!
- I never go to anyone else if Mary is on
Grandmother-of-two Mary, who started working at the store at the age of 70 after a 30-year career with the Ford car dealership, said: "It's always nice to get lovely comments, but at the end of the day I'm just doing my job.
"I'm a happy soul and I love making people smile. If they come to my till miserable then I make sure they leave with a smile on their face.
"I absolutely love my job here at Asda and I've no plans to retire – I just love meeting people and chatting to them."
Mary's daughter Claire Morris currently works on home-shopping in the store and Mary's husband Don used to work there too until he retired.
Store manager Michael Long said he wasn't surprised by the reaction on Facebook.
He said: "She's always got a smile on her face and customers do queue at her till just to be served by her. She is so well loved in store and by customers too. She's an ideal colleague and a joy to speak to."
Our store's community champion Paula Robinson added: "We all love Mary here. She's an amazingly special lady."