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Lifestyle 12 employees reveal what it's really like to work on Thanksgiving — and it's not always a bad thing

These employees share the best and worst parts of working on Thanksgiving, one of the biggest holidays of the year.

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Some workers don't mind the Thanksgiving shift. play

Some workers don't mind the Thanksgiving shift.

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Thanksgiving is typically a holiday spent feasting with family, but some people spend the holiday working.

If you’ve never been on the schedule for Thanksgiving Day, you may not understand that there are two sides to what working this day means.

Whether they chose to work Thanksgiving or not, these 12 employees reveal what working on Thanksgiving is really like.

Although INSIDER cannot independently verify these stories and individual experiences, they are certainly eye-opening.

It’s just another day but with extra pay.

It’s just another day but with extra pay. play

It’s just another day but with extra pay.

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"I work at a hotel so holidays are just another day for me. The end of the year holiday season is nice because you get paid extra and there's almost no one here." — Redditor XVermillion



Sometimes customers can get too amped.

Sometimes customers can get too amped. play

Sometimes customers can get too amped.

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"I'm a store manager and I regularly have to work Thanksgiving. Thankfully, I only have to work a 10-hour shift instead of the usual 12 at our store. Most people are extremely friendly, but some customers get too amped up for the holiday and treat our staff like crap. We get penalty rates most years, too." — Redditor Freakalicous



Holiday pay isn't a thing for everyone.

Holiday pay isn't a thing for everyone. play

Holiday pay isn't a thing for everyone.

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"What’s this 'holiday pay' you speak of? I'm genuinely livid that we aren't paid more per hour [on Thanksgiving].

"I'm even more livid that [the company] basically uses my job as leverage to force me to come in. Since it's an 'event day,' if I call out, even with my protected sick time and paid time off, I can be fired." — Redditor AviatorMage



You can use it as an excuse to shop Black Friday sales.

You can use it as an excuse to shop Black Friday sales. play

You can use it as an excuse to shop Black Friday sales.

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"I volunteered to work the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift tonight ... [I get] holiday pay and it gives me a reason to shop early for Black Friday deals since I'm already out of the house." — Redditor BeifongWingedBoar



It's an easy way to avoid family.

It's an easy way to avoid family. play

It's an easy way to avoid family.

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"My mom and I used to work at an urgent care clinic. She hated doing Thanksgiving with our family, her in-laws. We used to lie to our family and say that everyone was required to work at least one holiday and we both got stuck with Thanksgiving, but really it was time and a half to not drive all the way to a crappy family gathering." — Redditor verovladamir



Sometimes you feel appreciated.

Sometimes you feel appreciated. play

Sometimes you feel appreciated.

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"I'm not particularly fond of [Thanksgiving], so I was fine with working it. I did appreciate my guests telling me they hoped I got to go home soon and that they appreciated my being there." — Redditor crummyvelvet



Sometimes it's voluntary and you can get paid well.

Sometimes it's voluntary and you can get paid well. play

Sometimes it's voluntary and you can get paid well.

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"People are demonizing the retailer I work at part-time for being open in the evening on Thanksgiving. I didn't have to work. It was voluntary. This has been getting me out of fake a-- family time for years and I even get paid well for it." — Redditor RiflemanLax

Read More: 13 retail workers share horror stories that prove the customer isn't always right



Sometimes your company schedules you no matter what.

A barista makes a latte at the Harris and Hoole coffee shop inside a Tesco Extra supermarket in Watford. play

A barista makes a latte at the Harris and Hoole coffee shop inside a Tesco Extra supermarket in Watford.

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"My store had a sign-up sheet. It was filled beyond the available spaces on the sheet with volunteers. Only like three people didn't sign up. I was one of those three and they still scheduled me. Seriously, almost the entire staff wasn't enough?" — Redditor drstinkfinger



Being able to help others is sometimes a perk.

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A medical researcher works on results of tests for preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at the Gorgas Memorial institute for Health Studies laboratory in Panama City

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"I'm working straight through Christmas and New Year's Eve setting up T- cell cultures from cancer patients in a drug trial ... I get to know that the patients were allowed a week with their families before going back to a second round of drugs and back to feeling s----- again. So I got that going for me." — Redditor lysozymes



You can get paid extra.

You can get paid extra. play

You can get paid extra.

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"Luckily, I start at 7 p.m and finish my shift at 2 a.m. Here's the kicker: I get time and a half up to midnight." — Redditor Pokabu



Sometimes you can make triple-time.

Sometimes you can make triple-time. play

Sometimes you can make triple-time.

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"The company I work for is great ... You were given the option to not work on whichever holidays you choose. Why? Because they pay triple time and have tons of food and give you a $25 gift card just for working a holiday.

"There are tons of people lined up to work holidays, but I'm keeping mine. I won't miss anything since I work overnight and I dig that TRIPLE-TIME MONEY!

"But, I am really, really sorry for the [workers at] companies that make people work holidays when they don't want to." — Redditor jennthemermaid



It can help you earn extra holiday money.

It can help you earn extra holiday money. play

It can help you earn extra holiday money.

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"I love working holidays. It's slow and I get holiday pay plus overtime for hours worked. I have four holiday days this year and New Year's Day, so the next few checks will have extra money. It's [a nice way to get] a bit of extra holiday money." — Redditor jechapk

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