For most Americans, Labor Day is the lastchance to enjoy the summer with family and friends. But, was your holiday spentbarbecuing or slaving away at the office?
The schools are empty and if you need tocash a check? Tough luck.
While it's a day off for many, there arestill countless other Americans laboring on Labor Day.
"Somebody has to! Somebody has to fill infor the people who want to take the day off!" Said Roy Adams, a clerk at thePump‘N Pak Gas Station.
It's one of the busiest travel days andthat means the gas station has to be open.
"Sure! They need to get that gas to gethome." Said Adams.
And what would a holiday be without alittle entertainment? The lifeguards at Wild Water West are plenty busy… wellsort of.
"You know it's so fun out here we have agreat time with each other it doesn't feel like work!" Said lifeguard Isaac Haan.
"You know it lets all those other peoplewho have the day off come out here and support Wild Water West and have somegood family fun!" Said lifeguard Jared Frazier.
However, not everyone is lucky enough toget paid to tan. For many construction firms these warm days are crucial togetting the job done. So the work continues. Crime never takes a day off, neither dothe police; but they did get lunch on Olive Garden.
"It's just part of the job, you know inthis profession you work 24/7 and you know that going into it when you get hiredthat you're going to have shift work on holidays birthdays and those kind ofthings so you just work around it and you make the best you can with yourfamily when you have the time." Said Sergeant Loren McManus with the SiouxFalls Police Department.
These ladies in the restaurant businessdidn't get Monday off and the same can be said for the fast food joints aroundtown.
Jake: How's having to work on Labor Day?
FirstServer: It's awesome!
SecondServer: oh it's awesome.
ThirdServer: (sighs) It sucks!
Yes, having to work when it seems likethe rest of the world isn't can be a drag, but many of the workers we spokewith are definitely glass half full people.
"It's not bad actually I love working outhere and it's great the weather is so nice which usually doesn't happen on LaborDay so we're really lucky this year to have this beautiful weather so hopefullya ton of people come out and just enjoy the day." Said lifeguard Meggie Jervik.
"I don't have children and I don't gocamping I'm just filling in on a holiday helping out my neighbor who owns theplace." Said Adams.
Am I forgetting anyone? Oh wait! That'sright, the news never stops and it takes plenty of people to get a show on theair. Even on holidays.But, luckily for my photojournalist Bob Sundet,he at least got lunch on me.
According to Bloomberg's Bureau ofNational Affairs, nearly 40% of businesses stay open on Labor Day and nearlyhalf of all Americans spend the day working or looking for work.
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