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ORAL HISTORY

Mark Casias


Mark Casias, born in 1968, was raised in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. His first job in service was as a busboy at R.B.’s, a restaurant in Shem Creek. In 1991, Casias became a server at Ronnie’s, a sister restaurant in Shem Creek.

Casias graduated with a history degree from Charleston Southern University. He took an office job but found he missed the interaction with people that being a waiter afforded him. He decided to return to waiting tables and in 1995, he became a server at Blossom. Casias is drawn to the routine of service, and enjoys a job that affords him time to travel and attend sporting events.

Date of interview:
2019-11-15

Interviewer:
Annemarie Anderson

Photographer:
Grace Beahm Alford

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