Christmas Is Still A Day Of Work For Some
by Laura Monteverdi, Reporter
December 25, 2012 6:14 PM
For many, Christmas Day means a day of rest and relaxation with family and friends, but for some it’s just another day of work.
“Over the years, I've worked many holidays and I actually enjoy this,” said Steve Randall, a cashier at Walgreens.
He spent this Christmas working behind the counter at the Walgreens in Sioux Falls, ringing up customers searching for last minute gifts or picking up forgotten dinner items.
He says while the extra money in his paycheck is nice, it's the customers that make the non-traditional workday enjoyable.
“The people are more relaxed. They are very happy. And it's just nice to wish everyone a Merry Christmas,” said Randall.
IHOP also kept their doors open for the holiday, serving up hot pancakes for hungry customers.
“People like, especially on holidays like this, coming in and seeing smiling faces and just seeing a bunch of happy workers," said Samuel Vannoort, a server at IHOP.
Employees divided shifts so everyone could celebrate the day.
“I get to spend a little time with my family at home, but I also get to spend time with my family here at work," said Vanoort.
They weren't the only one's serving breakfast on the 25th.
“On the holidays we like to cook brunch. So we're cooking French Toast today and some bacon," said Ben Tracy, a firefighter at Fire Station 1 in Sioux Falls.
The firefighters made sure to celebrate the holidays, despite being on duty.
“We're like family here and that's one of the great things about working on the holidays is I get to be with my brothers and it's just like being at home. Except we have to work a little bit," said Tracy.
Other places, including many gas stations and movie theaters, were open for business on Christmas as well.