West Virginia Man Who's Been Having Breakfast at McDonald's Almost Every Day for 36 Years Celebrates 100th Birthday

By Jace Dela Cruz

Feb 06, 2024 01:50 AM EST

A West Virginia man who has been having breakfast at McDonald's nearly every day for 36 years recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

According to Business Insider, Zan White, a World War II veteran and an Elkins resident, went to a local McDonald's restaurant on Friday to celebrate his 100th birthday with friends.

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West Virginia Man Zan White Eating Breakfast Almost Daily at McDonald's for 36 Years

Zan White has been a loyal patron of the fast-food chain, enjoying breakfast almost daily at the McDonald's in Elkins for 36 years as part of a group he set up called the ROMEO Club, an abbreviation for Retired Old Men Eating Out.

The centenarian told local TV station WDTV that he often dines there with a group of about a dozen friends.

On his 100th birthday, White's friends from the ROMEO Club surprised him and did it at the place that has become a second home for the group.

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West Virginia Centenarian Zan White Will Not Change His Habits

When asked by the TV station what his secret to a long life was, Zan White said he did not know how or why he'd lived this long, but he would not change his habits as he got older.

"I've been coming here for 36 years, I can't stop now," he noted. White served as a radar repairman during World War II and spent almost his entire life living in Elkins, near the state's borders with Maryland and Virginia.

McDonald's area supervisor Mark Godwin told WDTV that he believes White's longevity is related to the restaurant.

"It's definitely coming to McDonald's every morning and having McDonald's coffee," Godwin noted.

"I've seen Zan every morning pretty much for the 24 years I've been working; it's a joy to see him every morning. It's one of the highlights of my day," he added."

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