Laboring on Labor Day

Laboring on Labor Day
(Photo source: WLOX News)
(Photo source: WLOX News)
(Photo source: WLOX News)
(Photo source: WLOX News)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Monday, September 7 is Labor Day, and many of us are celebrating the day away from work, enjoying time with family and friends. For some though, it's just another day at the office, wherever that office may be. Doug Walker caught up with some folks who are living up to the name of the day. They are laboring.

At Finest Grind coffee shop, customers drive up to get their hands on tasty treats. The store is open this holiday because of demand. For manager Kelley Triplett, she doesn't mind at all.

"I love what I do. I love interacting with different kinds of people. I love doing the books. I like the responsibility of it," Triplett explained.

One of the customers is Christin Johnson, on her way to work at the IP Casino, a job she enjoys, even on a holiday.

"I do massage therapy and I feel like it's exactly where I'm supposed to be. And I have some of the best management in the world," Johnson said.

At the Car Care Company, it's business as usual. Car repairs and oil changes never take a day off, according to manager Wes Strickland.

"Everybody needs automotive care. And in order to do good customer service and take care of the automobiles is what we're all about, Strickland explained.

Protecting people is what Ryan Heath is all about. He's a fireman who likes one thing.

"Camaraderie and friendships. In one sense you leave one family from your home to come to another family at work, so for the most art, that's what I like about it," Heath said.

While some of the workers I talked with, both on camera an off, Labor Day is just another day to them, another day to show up and do the job, for others, showing up and doing the job is an economic necessity.

That includes some construction workers, plying their trade on this Labor Day. Thomas Cumbaa is the construction foreman.

"I like it that we're staying busy, thank God. We're grateful to be working and I know there's a lot of people out there that aren't, but we're grateful for it," Cumbaa said.

Retail worker Heather Fletcher is grateful too, while she works the counter at Charisma.

"I'm home from Ole Miss today. So the extra money is nice to have," Fletcher said.

So what will she use the extra money for?

"I'm going to the Ole, Bama game in two weeks so that's nice to have," Fletcher explained.

And you can be sure she'll be taking that day off.

Labor Day was created by Congress in 1894 as a way to celebrate the efforts of American workers. It's always celebrated on the first Monday in September.

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