Christmas is just another day of work for many in Knoxville

Christmas is just another day of work for many in Knoxville

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By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

(KNOXVILLE) – December 25 may be Santa's big day, but for some, it's just another work day, and a busy one at that.

"We're crazy busy," said Randi Lynn Taylor, the manager of McDonalds in Fountain City. "We're probably one of the only fast food places open."

Driving around Knoxville on Christmas Day, most places are closed. The ones that were open said business was booming.

"We kind of have an exclusive right to the people that are hungry right now," said Elliot Williams, general manager of Ruby Tuesday in North Knoxville. "They're coming in to us and we are a business, and it's all about making the opportunity and making the most of it."

But many places modified their hours to give their employees some time with their families.

"We got time to spend with our families earlier, so now we're out here serving the community," said Josh Sox, culinary manager of Ruby Tuesday. "Some people don't have the fortune to go somewhere to eat, or have ham or turkey."

Many customers were thankful to have somewhere to go on Christmas.

"We didn't feel like cooking at home today and we thought it would be fun to go out and eat today," said Ken Gilroy before sitting down to eat at Ruby Tuesday.

"I've had a number of people thank me, (saying) 'Thank you for being open,' which as a business owner is pretty important," Williams said.

And many Christmas workers said they are thankful to have a job this holiday season.

"This morning I got to open presents. It's nice, and then come in and work. You've got to make money to get the presents," Taylor said.

At Jimmy's Pub,  the owner said Christmas is meant to be spent with the ones you love, and for Owner Jimmy Humphries, that means his customers.

"We've got a big ham back there for people who haven't had anywhere to go on Christmas and there are lot of them," Humphries said. "This is like a big family, lot of regulars who are here every day."

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