“Men think they’re better than you, strength-wise, or they’ll ask a guy to get something for them when you’re right there,” she says. “So, I lift more weights to make myself stronger. I go through more training, get more certifications, further my knowledge, so I can be the first to say, ‘Hey, this is the answer’ or ‘I can help you with that.’”
Mackenzie is also known at her job at Mission BBQ for being the first to thank military customers for their service, and it’s something else Scott has inspired.
“I was taught as a little child that if someone is wearing an Air Force hat, they’re most likely in the Air Force, and you want to thank them for that,” she says.
Now, when she’s serving customers, she seeks out those who made a commitment she hopes to give, too.
“Not everyone can see it, but with my dad being in the military as well, I know their stature, how they act, their clothes,” Mackenzie says. “You just have to look for the signs. Someday, I’ll be on the other side.”