Some make best of working on Christmas


Posted on December 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 25 at 11:40 PM

Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- If you make your way around the French Quarter on Christmas Day, it looks like any other day filled with brass band music and dancing in the streets.

Several retail shops and bars are open on Christmas, and at Verti Mart, cook William Baxter said the doors don't close regardless of the day.

"I was a nurse for a number of years and I worked Christmas and all of those holidays, and it doesn't really matter,” he said.” It is sort of a labor of love."

Just outside the doors, you'll find Russell Bernstein eager to drop you off where you need to go.

Experts say one in three Americans will work on some type of holiday, most of which are in the service industry.

He is one of few pedicab drivers working the French Quarter on Christmas. Holidays are some of his busiest times, and they can call for long hours.

"On other holidays that are much bigger I'll start at about (9 a.m.) and end about (4 a.m.)," Berstein said.

Aross town, Glenn Martin will spend much of his Christmas evening managing the Columns Hotel on St. Charles. He said the brunch draws in crowds on Christmas, sometimes more than a typical weekend.

For Martin, it's a win-win at home and work.

“I like the fact that I can spend time with my family in the morning and get in at (3 p.m.),” Martin said. “I can get some work done and get off at (11 p.m.) and still have time to get home to them."