Terry Gibbons is a nurse who's worked many a Thanksgiving caring for patients. Then, to allow more time to help with her elderly mother, she took at job a big department store chain near her home in Rochester, Minnesota. She thought it would be alright since we would get Thanksgiving off at least. She even invited guests for the big meal at her home. But, unfortunately for Gibbons, retail needs got in the way.
"I was signed up for a shift that I was not available for," she says. "The one and only day I will have my entire family."
But not everyone is unhappy about working on Thanksgiving. Phyllis Concorda from North Wildwood, New Jersey will also be working on Turkey Day.
"I for one in this economy am happy to be working on Thanksgiving," says Concorda. "Some of us, not all of us, who are working get holiday pay, so for those of us who don't have any entertaining to do," she says "it's a great opportunity for many of us to make this extra money."
Terry Gibbons and Phyllis Concorda spoke with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio. Click on the audio player above to hear the full interview.