Employees upset about working Christmas Day

By: Ashley Jeffery Email
By: Ashley Jeffery Email

News 12 @ 6 o'clock -- December 25, 2008

Augusta, Ga -- On Christmas day you'd expect to see most gas stations and some short order restaurants open. But there are some places you may not expect to be open like the Subway on Washington Road.

"It's disturbing you know. I have a kid at home and I have to be here when everywhere else is closed," said Ashley Deremer of Subway.

Deremer says ever since she started working at Subway, spending Christmas day with customers was the last thing she expected.

"I'm very upset about it. I'm very, very upset. I'm just ready to get home and spend my Christmas with my family," said Ashley.

And the same goes for Roshanit Boyd.

"I didn't think i was going to have to open up. I have a newborn baby and this is his first Christmas and I prefer to be home with him," said Roshanit Boyd of Subway.

Boyd says she's been at work since 7:45 Christmas morning, and because of that, she wasn't able to share the joy of her son's first Christmas.

"He opened up one gift, but I missed the rest of it. I'm a little upset," said Roshanit.

But not everyone who's working has the holiday blues.

"We only have four hour shifts so it's not like I'm losing my whole Christmas. I get to go home and spend time with family and friends," said Ktyall Malik of Starbucks.

Just down the road at Starbucks, Ktyall Malik says serving customers on Christmas day is just part of the job.

"Starbucks is always open 24/7, all year round and we're proud to serve drinks to our customers on Christmas day because it's hectic and people need caffeine. They can come here and get it," said Malik.

But back at Subway the two mothers say its a wrap.

"I'm just ready to get it over with and go home and be with my baby," said Ashley.

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