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Despite working in an industry where being outgoing is crucial to earning big tips, Maryland native Shannon insists she struggles at times with shyness. Easygoing, generous and friendly, but also “unfiltered” and “brutally honest,” by her own admission, this bartender at The Bank Shot Bar & Grill in Laurel, Md., offers a sympathetic ear to her customers, dispensing comfort and advice to the sad, and flashes of her sarcastic sense of humor to the more lighthearted. A former basketball player in high school and during her years at Coppin State University, Shannon likes to go to the gym to stay fit, watch movies and read. She’d like to travel more, particularly to big cities like New York, and one day hopes to open and manage a bar of her own.
What’s on your nightstand?
My cellphone, my wallet. A sculpture with a face with a hand underneath it, blowing a kiss. I think that’s cool. Some books. Right now I’m reading Machiavelli’s The Prince.
What’s in the nightstand drawer?
Tums, for after a long night of drinking. Gum. A flashlight. Nothing crazy. I keep it simple.
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Pretty Woman. It’s a great movie. I like the ending, where he comes back and rescues her.
What are your three favorite TV shows of all time?
Roseanne, Scandal and Sex in the City.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
To be able to read minds. I’m curious about what people are thinking when they stare off into the distance.
Pick 3 people, living or dead, who you would like to spend the day with, and what would you do?
Madonna, Pink and my mom. We would just hang out, drinking and listening to great music.