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The many hats of being a bartender

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Laura Araujo mixes a drink at Sunnyside's Fuego Lounge for a waiting customer.

Though her job as a bartender sometimes has her wearing many hats, Laura Araujo's love of people from all walks of life is what gets her through.

"Listening is just part of the job as a bartender," she said.

Sometimes as a server at a bar, this 23-year-old gets to become a listening ear.

"I love getting to know the customers," she said of her favorite part of being a bartender in Sunnyside.

Araujo has been at Fuego Lounge in Sunnyside for nearly a year and says it's the perfect job to pair with a fulltime school schedule.

On any given day at the lounge the Grandview native may serve up a drink, help a customer or work to keep the place in a tidy condition.

While she works her way to becoming a dental assistant, and eventually a dental hygienist, Arajuo says her job as a bartender has its perks.

"My favorite drink to make is a flaming Dr. Pepper," she added. "...because I get to light it on fire!"

Her least favorite part of the job, however, is cleaning the bathrooms after a busy evening.

But all in all Araujo says the positives far outweigh the negatives at her job, and she's not going anywhere, anytime soon.

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