Employees working on Thanksgiving grateful for holiday pay

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kmart opened at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving. That meant workers arrived at the store an hour early to get ready for the crowds. A steady stream of shoppers greeted them as soon as the doors opened.

Despite working on Thanksgiving, employees say it’s not all bad; they get paid time-and-a-half. That’s a lot of money for Katie Weekes.

“Financially, yes, with my husband not working right now,” said Weekes.

She had her Thanksgiving a day early, so the extra money, on top of a double shift is worth it.

“I love my job,” she said.

It took Ashley White a little longer to accept having to go to work. But as a single mom, she says she needs the extra money.

“I went to drop my daughter off at my dad’s and I was thinking got to do it for her,” said White.

Working the hours may be tough, but at least they’re not alone.

“I’m working till 12 and I come back in at three and I work to midnight, Weekes said.



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