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Holiday grind: Locals share motives for working on Christmas

Lodi residents work on year's biggest holiday to help others, for paycheck

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Jasmine Olds, right, waits on Dick Bastear and his wife, Marilyn Bastear, at Scrambl'z Kountry Kitchen on Christmas Day.

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While many Lodians were at home celebrating Christmas with friends and family, eating hearty feasts and watching the 24-hour marathon of "A Christmas Story," others were going through the daily grind of gainful employment.

Cathy Huber

Cathy Huber is a clerk at Chevron.

Why do you work on Christmas?

There are people with children. My children are all grown. I'm going to spend tonight with them.

What is the best part about working on Christmas?

I get to see all of my usuals and be here for everybody. Everyone was really gracious with their "Merry Christmases."

What is the worst part about working on Christmas?

Not being at home with my husband and dog.

Juvelyn Taylor

Juvelyn Taylor is an activities assistant at Arbor Convalescent Hospital.

Why do you work on Christmas?

I need money to pay bills.

What is the best part about working on Christmas?

Everybody is happy. Residents have visits from their families, so they're happy.

What is the worst part about working on Christmas?

We had Christmas Eve last night so we were up until 2 (a.m.) I'm so tired.

Jasmine Olds

Jasmine Olds is a waitress at Scrambl'z Kountry Kitchen.

Why do you work on Christmas?

I want to make people happy. They tell us, "Thank you for being open." We make them smile.

What is the best part about working on Christmas?

Second-best part is the tips.

What is the worst part about working on Christmas?

I don't think there is one, because I'm excited to work.

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Dan Evans/News-Sentinel

Jasmine Olds, right, waits on Dick Bastear and his wife, Marilyn Bastear, at Scrambl'z Kountry Kitchen on Christmas Day.

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