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Little Caesars employee experiences YouTube fame

| December 25, 2014
Sign shaker: Shane Thornsley’s sign shaking skills have helped him achieve YouTube fame after only a few weeks on the job. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Sign shaker: Shane Thornsley’s sign shaking skills have helped him achieve YouTube fame after only a few weeks on the job. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

COSHOCTON – Shane Thornsley is just your average college kid, working to pay the bills. He never imagined his job at Little Caesars would lead him to youtube.com success.

Thornsley has been a sign shaker for Little Caesars for about three or four weeks now and dances around and has a good time while he is out on the sidewalk promoting the company’s pizza. People have enjoyed watching him so much that they started videotaping him and posting the videos online.

“My best friend saw all the videos popping up and decided to interview me and do one himself,” said Thornsley, who is a 2012 graduate of Coshocton High School and a student at the Central Ohio Technical College Coshocton Campus.

That video made by Cody Kirker now has more than 8,000 views.

“It’s a lot to take in, but I’m really grateful,” Thornsley said. “My friends keep telling me, ‘You know you’re famous for shaking a sign?’ It’s crazy.”

He used to work for Pizza Hut, but when it closed for remodeling he was able to find a job at Little Caesars thanks to his friends.

“A lot of my friends work there,” Thornsley said. “This was the only job open and I told them I didn’t mind. I kind of like the fact that there is no food rush to take care of out there. It’s just me being goofy and getting paid for it.”

His sign shaking antics have spread as far as Washington State, where he has family members and Thornsley said he’s also discovered that he’s pretty big in Akron. Little Caesars’ corporate office also has recognized him and there has been a push by fans to get him on “Ellen.”

“They (corporate) sent a letter saying I was a prime example,” Thornsley said. “I was just like, ‘Holy Cow!’”

He also noted that it is okay to give him tips. They will be put to good use paying for college and the place he just moved into with four friends from Little Caesars. He also says to keep the honks and smiles coming as they make him feel good while he dances around to his music.

“No matter what job you have always go in on time and with a smile because people will react to that,” Thornsley said.

You can watch his video by clicking here.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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  1. Congratulations, Shanesly Thorn! We are proud of you!

  2. Bess Vanatta says:

    Great Inspiration ! Enjoy What you do !

  3. Someone should post a link to the video

  4. Keri Brown says:

    What's the video called?

  5. Amie McVey says:

    May God bless you in this new year! Thank you for bringing a bit of joy to Coshocton. 😉

  6. Jessica Collins-Anderson says:

    My nephew is famous!!

  7. Scott Queen says:

    That's awesome!!!!….., it sure had a lasting impression with me and my family. Good to know there's people out there who still have such a positive attitude about life.

  8. It's under his friends name Cody Kirker video is sign shaker. Just go to youtube and type in Cody Kirker.