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Working Martha's Vineyard

Islander Lauren Metell, gas attendant at DeBettencourt Mobil in Oak Bluffs says her motto is 'pull positive out of any negative'

Q. How long have you been working here?

A. I've been working here since last December. My aunt works here and my cousin works here. So we're slowing kind of taking over.

Q. Are you in college?

A. I'm hoping to leave the island at the end of Septemper. I think college is coming up for me soon, but I need to be ready for it.

Q. What other jobs do you have?

A. I've been working here, I nannied for a family of five, right now I clean for a couple different people. My grandmother owns the Attleboro House so I clean that. And then my dad is a caretaker so I do sidework for him. Recently I met someone who's teaching me how to fish. So now I'm doing the oyster thing and I'm clamming. It's something new I get to learn.

Q. What's your favorite part about your job?

A. Probably seeing all the people. Some people come in and they're happy. Some people come in and are having a bad day, so I just try to cheer them up. Who wants to come to a gas station and have a gas attendant who has an attitude?

Q. What's your favorite part about working on Martha's Vineyard?

A. I have to say that now that I'm older I appreciate everything. The view, the fact that I can go any direction and be at the beach.

Q. What's your dream job?

A. I would really like to work at a sober house eventually and be a  guidance counselor or something like that. Growing up I was the one my friends came to. My motto is 'pull positive out of any negative.'

Michael West July 03, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Wonderful interview, Sonia Groff. Thanks for doing it. It's a pleasure to hear about someone -- Lauren Metell -- with such a positive and generous attitude toward people and life. I think I'll get my next tank of gas at DeBettencourt's.
Mathea Morais (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Michael, I thought the same thing when I read the piece. I love that she has a motto. What's your motto?
Judy Searle July 03, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I had a summer job on MV (waitressing at Munro's) in 1963; now I'm lucky enough to live here year-round. Lauren, you are a breath of fresh air and a reminder to us all to lose the summer 'tude. My shortened attitude is "Today is a gift...".
Thea Hansen July 04, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Looking forward to meeting Lauren next time at DeBettencourts. Would like to mention that De Bettencourts has a great lady who is a certified propane person.. She' ll fill or replace your old tank and the old one can be left with her to deal with. She nformed me that an empty weighs 17 pounds and a full one about 40., very useful info.

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