World’s Oldest Papergirl Way Cooler Than You’ll Ever Be
10:30 am, September 20th | by Laura Donovan
Ever feel too sleepy to wake up and go to work? Quit your whining. 81-year-old great-grandmother Joyce Pugh, who has maintained her paper route for 41 years, is the world’s oldest paper delivery girl and has never taken a sick day off.
The British woman drops off copies of the Shropshire Star every day to residents of White Grit, England. She has just been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest papergirl around, and the widow has ridden more than 10,000 miles during her time on the job. The grandmother of eight and great-grandma of four started picking up paper delivery shifts in 1971, when her kids needed some help with the duties:
“My daughter and sons started doing it for pocket money but stopped when they got a proper job. Some of the people were missing their papers so I said I would do it for a while but I just didn’t stop.”
Luckily, she doesn’t have to spend all day tosses papers at houses. Her responsibilities take under an hour to complete:
“I do it every afternoon when the papers come out. It takes me about three-quarters of an hour. I’ll keep going as long as I can. It all depends how bad the winters get.”
If she has been doing it this long, chances are, chilly weather isn’t going to stop her now.