After graduating from special school, Zhao Zengzeng, who suffers from Down syndrome, did not go on to work in a special factory placement like most mentally handicapped people.
Instead, she became a regular employee at a Papa John's restaurant, where she works from 10am to 7pm and is treated like all the other employees.When she first started working as a host at the restaurant, it was a headache for Zengzeng just to remember the phrase "These are our new meals, a waiter will take your order in a moment", but her manager, Mr Dong, patiently taught her, and she also practiced the phrases over and over by herself.When she went home, she even had her mother help her by role playing as customer.Two weeks later, customers and coworkers were both praising her fluency, and Zhao Zengzeng began to build up her self-confidence from that point on.
Zhao Zengzeng's physical condition means that she is not suited to standing for long periods of time, so the restaurant has arranged a workstation for her,where she wraps cutlery and does other tasks. Once she finishes her own duties, Zhao Zengzeng even goes to help the lady in the kitchen wash the dishes and sweep the floor, which her coworkers find very kind.
Mr Dong, a manager who has worked with Zhao Zengzeng for almost two years, says that to him, Zhao Zengzeng comes across as very innocent, and that she has got better and better at doing her job and understanding the world around her over the years.