Christmastime jobs can be frightful

There are 18 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Dec 23, 2007, titled Christmastime jobs can be frightful. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

For one glorious day, I worked in a dreamy haze of red poinsettias and golden jingle bells for a man who is undeniably the best boss on Earth: Santa Claus.

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Comedy Routine

Covington, KY

#1 Dec 24, 2007
Thanks for sharing a glimpse into these jobs what type of wages are available to those willing to work these types of jobs during the holidays.
KayJay

Pilis, Hungary

#2 Dec 24, 2007
Fun article to read, especially the tree farm experience. Thanks!
Constant reader

United States

#4 Dec 24, 2007
that inane garbage made you read through so you could make your inane remark,
good article, anyway.
Phil H Indianapolis

United States

#7 Dec 24, 2007
Worked parttime holiday retail job. Sheer hell. Low wage, fulltime expectations by employer, swollen ankles and exhaustion by Dec 22. Never again!!!!!

Merry Christmas to all!!!
Miriam

Pleasanton, CA

#8 Dec 24, 2007
Try working in the restaurant industry during the month of December. 10-12 hours on your feet slinging food to people that can often be a bit more than unpleasant will make you tip your server a whole heck of a lot better next time.
afterthought

Decatur, IL

#9 Dec 24, 2007
Try working the toy dept. Makes you rethink your calling in life....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
indydixie

AOL

#11 Dec 24, 2007
Thanks for the much needed smiles that I had while reading this piece. We don't all have Halmark card lives!
bchs alum

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Dec 24, 2007
afterthought wrote:
Try working the toy dept. Makes you rethink your calling in life....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
i second this!
You are HOTTTT

United States

#13 Dec 24, 2007
Wow, Dana is a hottie. Star, put some more photos of her in the paper.
Star reader

AOL

#15 Dec 24, 2007
Fun article, well-written and a great glimpse into the world of retail, which some of us never see. Now we can appreciate retail workers more.
Wow

Louisville, KY

#16 Dec 24, 2007
Nice read and Dana is a super hottie!:)
HHmmm

United States

#18 Dec 24, 2007
Dana, thanks for slumming with the common people for us. Must be nice to have never experienced working a low wage job before. Not everybody has the luxury of rich supportive parents putting us through college.
Try the Airport

Fishers, IN

#19 Dec 24, 2007
Sling packages for FedEx or UPS!! Now that is miserable! They let you work as long as you want...but your body can't stand it to long. First...its nights, its cold, and the piles of mail are unbelievable! I remember when my eyelashes froze together. That was college...now I'm an Accountant (ha ha!)

“The light at the tunnels end”

Since: Nov 07

Greens Fork, IN

#20 Dec 24, 2007
Good story, thanks for letting us in on some of what people do to make our Christmas merrier.
Jim Rockford

Eminence, IN

#21 Dec 24, 2007
Nice to see Dana is still keeping the lip-gloss industry running at full speed.
shut up

Zionsville, IN

#23 Dec 24, 2007
for a minute there I thought someone had posted someone's fresh thoughts column on the main page. now I realize it was dana knight! it's sad I can't tell the difference between a so-called "professional" writer and high school bloggers. oh, wait, the high schoolers can usually write better.

merry christmas dana! maybe santa can bring you some better story ideas, or at least some talent.

Underemployed

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Dec 24, 2007
Retail is one of your dream jobs? People in retail dream of jobs that allow them to work normal hours and be paid real money.

Many retail establishments make it a point to have as many part-time employees as possible — so you may be working 36 hours a week, but you still aren't getting paid sick days, vacation days or health care. Believe me, even working for Gannett has got to be better.
Joe

San Francisco, CA

#26 Dec 24, 2007
Another vapid column from Dana Knight. The Star really needs to hire someone who is capable of putting more substantial thoughts into writing. This is just journalistic junk-food for the Star's mindless readers.

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