The McDonald's cashier in Oakland greets patrons with her customary grin every morning. She takes pride knowing she's brightened a sleepy customer's mood.
"People tell me, 'You were the first person I saw today, and you were so nice,'" Salazar said. "First of all, that's my job. Second of all, I like people. I consider myself a highly skilled customer-service person, and I love taking care of people. That's what I do."