The holiday shift

What it’s like to work during the busiest season of the year


Ryan Williams, Reporter

With the holiday season already in full swing, this brings a lot of shoppers to stores, people getting holiday photos and going to restaurants.

Many people don’t know much about the workers and what they have to deal with on a daily basis but a few students shared their craziest experiences while working during the holiday season.

Junior Cheyenne Greenwald works at a retail store, which brings both the most and the rudest people. One of her craziest experiences working was a customer yelling at her and her co-workers because they didn’t stock what the customer wanted.

“Everyone gets stressed working during the holidays,” Greenwald said. “The holidays are a time to spend with friends and family and working should be the last thing on your mind while you’re on Christmas break.”

Sophomore Julisa Gonzalez works at a restaurant. Working at restaurants can be a good thing and a bad thing, she said. A great thing is tips, but the bad part is having to deal with rude customers.  One of her craziest experiences was a customer throwing water on her.

“The customers don’t understand when you have a hard day and the stress makes people work slower,” Gonzalez said.

Junior Michael Serrano takes photos for people, and one of his craziest experiences was when he worked in an area where there were soccer balls nearby. He said the kids he was trying to photograph kept trying to hit him with the soccer balls. Having to deal with young children and take their photos is stressful, Serrano said, because you have to tell them what to do but they never listen.

Overall many people enjoy going out for the holidays, spending time with their families but many people are stuck working during the holidays and that makes them stressed because they are working during their free time and missing time with their friends and family.