A MCDONALD’S worker has gone viral with his quick wit while taking orders at the drive-through. Our readers had their say on the News & Star website and Facebook page.

He makes a lot of people smile he is great. Thank you. And carry on!

Genevieve Ginesi

Fantastic Rubin! How wonderful! What a star.

Pippa McGuire

Oh he is brilliant, makes you want to keep going back through the drive through. Definitely made my day and we were all smiling when we left.

Kerry Johnston

We miss him in Whitehaven wish you all the luck for your future you are amazing and made my little boy happy.

Paul Parr

He is fab. Love him x

Mandy Jackson

He’s brill. We had the pleasure of him taking our order yesterday. More people like him needed in the world. Great job.

Marie Barnes

Fantastic front of house personality! I would seriously use the guy for staff in-house training on staff best practices and customer interaction.

Gavin Bound

Absolutely love this guy cheered me up no end in Whitehaven good luck!

Christina Evans

It’s a shame he didn’t gel with the staff at Whitehaven as he was funny and we appreciated the effort he put in.

J Ames Sutherland

He’s a superstar, really brightens your day x

Jayne ‘Pickles’ Pilkington

He is brilliant, need more like this young man x

Janice Howard

He served us last week, a breath of fresh air! Found him really funny.

Marie Marshall

Always makes my day.

Tina Fenton Hope

Absolute legend. Faith in humanity restored.

Harry Eggleston

When you go to Workington, only a minority even speak to you when handing you order over, they can’t wait to close that window. When I first saw Ruben, I actually thought, what a very strange person just because it’s not normal to get this at Maccys but after a few encounters I began to realise this guy should be part of the big bosses and should train people in customer services. What a guy keep it up Ruben, you’re an asset to any company with an attitude like that.

Shane Bell

He’s hilarious!! We we’re all in stitches when we heard him. He brightened up a trip through the dreaded drive through.


PLANS for a high speed railway station in Carlisle have been met with mixed reactions, despite claims the city could be “like Leeds” in 20 years.

John Stevenson is quoted in this article as saying “...Carlisle is very much the capital of our Borderlands region, servicing over a million people”.

Where do these million people live? The answer has to be in the vast area from Barrow and Kendal in the south, to Stranraer and Berwick in the north. Not sure that people in any of these places, or indeed many places in between, would recognise that Carlisle is their service centre or that having HS2 in place will be of much, if any benefit to them.


The money would be far better spent on investing in the Cumbrian Coastal line. The signalling is antiquated and there are far too many single line segments which delay services on a depressingly regular basis. The politicians have known this for years, but as usual it’s all talk and no action, until we get near a general election!


Instead of HS2, the government ought to invest money in improving and maintaining rail infrastructure on a broader scale - make the smaller lines better, since not everyone lives within distance of the planned HS2 route. On the current route, I will not see any of the benefits from HS2, even though I pay into it with taxes. I’d love for my local line to be improved instead, perhaps even building an extra line or two for the smaller Cumbrian towns that currently aren’t connected by rail?


We all know that most government (and private) capital projects go way over budget in this country (London’s Crossrail being one of the worst/best examples), and once the project actually starts there’s a reluctance to stop when it is discovered more and more money is needed to keep the project ticking over until eventual completion.

My big concern for HS2 is the cost, which has already been rebudgeted upstream three times since it was first mooted - and people are talking about an £80bn spend, up from £54bn just a year or so ago. It would not surprise me if the final bill came in at over £100bn, and exactly who will be paying for that over the next 30 odd years? And more importantly will it actually bring any value at all to this part of the country?

All the big players are urging the government to get on with it, but of course they have vested interests, and won’t be the ones that foot the bill!