MEDFORD, Ore. — If someone is missing from the table at your Thanksgiving dinner, you’re not alone.
Many families are celebrating without a police officer, or a firefighter, or someone in the food industry who is on the job Thursday night. NewsWatch12 talked to local workers who don’t necessarily want to spend the time away from home, but want to cash in on holiday pay.
Marie Callendar’s in Medford is one restaurant open on the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s all hands on deck as all employees and even some volunteers pitch in, helping to cook and serve food and prepare takeout orders.
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for the food chain. The local manager says it takes them nearly a month to prepare for today. He’s worked almost 80 hours just this week.
“You get a little disheartened from it a little bit because it is Thanksgiving Day, but then again when you come in and you see the people that don’t have family coming into the area, or even people who are eating by their self that day, It just feels better that you are able to take care of their needs and take care of them that day, and that’s what it is all about,” said Robert Baxter, the Assistant Manager at Marie Calendars.
Employees also say they do not mind working the holiday because of the extra pay, and many say they will get the chance to see their family at some point throughout the day.