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It’s all in a day’s work

Some don’t mind working Christmas

December 25, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

When the thought of having to work a holiday comes across people's minds, some may imagine disappointment at having to do something on a holiday.

But in Fort Dodge, many of those who worked Christmas Day didn't mind putting in a few hours.

Several of them enjoyed being able to help those who needed to get a few last-minute errands done.

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-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari
Fort 8 Theatre employees Aubrey Essing, left, and Kristina Ohrtman, right, work on rearranging the Christmas tree display in the lobby. Both employees, who worked Christmas Day, said they enjoyed working the holiday because they liked seeing how happy the customers were as they came in to see a movie.

Barb Passow, assistant manager at Walgreens, said the store had been busy all day.

"Today's been awesome," she said. "The customers are very friendly, and they're very much into the holiday spirit."

She said everybody with the company at some point works Christmas, but the schedules are rotated so one person doesn't do it more than another.

"The managers take turns and the employees take turns working," she said. "We've always been open 365 days a year."

Passow added she enjoys working with customers on Christmas.

"They're pretty excited," she said. "They're happy that somebody's open for their last-minute shopping, or for them to buy a card or food. It's also exciting to see customers come in with their families, which we don't see very often."

At the Fort 8 Theatre, the crowds of people coming in to catch the latest blockbusters didn't make the holiday boring for their employees.

Supervisor Kristina Ohrtman said it was her first time working Christmas Day.

"It's very busy, but fun," she said. "I love seeing all the customers and all the Christmas spirit."

"And we get to dress up," Ohrtman added.

Her co-worker, Aubrey Essing, an usher, was working Christmas Day for the second time.

"It's all about the Christmas cheer," she said. "It's only a few hours a day, but I like working on Christmas."

Jason Kahler, owner of Dale's Corner Store, decided to make Christmas Day a family affair by bringing his wife and children to the store while it was open for a few hours.

"We gave the employees the day off and are working here as a family," he said. "It's been fun."

The store staying open even helped out one family who had a flat tire. Kahler said his family was able to help them out while they got the tire fixed.

Kahler said spending the holiday working with his family was a new experience, especially while being available for others.

"It's been very steady today," he said. "Lots of people are coming in to buy last-minute gifts and ingredients to finish their baking. It's been a pretty good day."



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