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Taco Bell throws birthday party for 106-year-old regular

By Ben Hooper

Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A 106-year-old Arizona woman was treated to a surprise birthday party at her favorite restaurant -- Taco Bell.

Myrtis Jewel Painter was treated to a party with family and friends Sunday at a Taco Bell in Phoenix, where employees decorated the restaurant in honor of the regular customer.

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Gleg Gladden, who owns the Taco Bell franchise, said he wanted to honor Painter, who has been a regular customer at the location for the past eight years.

"At 106? And they want to come to Taco Bell? And hang out with me?" Gladden told KPHO/KTVK-TV. "It's just amazing."

Painter dined on a taco and an enchilada for her birthday meal.

"I think Taco Bell is a good place to come to, I really do," Painter said.

Painter, who was born in east Texas in 1912, has lived in Phoenix since 1932.

A Florida man who celebrated his 100th birthday with a party at his local Chick-fil-a eatery in September was awarded free food for the rest of his life by restaurant officials. Stephen Bellissimo, who has been a regular at the location for 20 years, said he plans to visit the Chick-fil-a every day to take advantage of his free meals.

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