Keeping warm at work
GREENSBORO, N.C. — You’ve probably seen them dancing on the side of the road. Employees of Liberty Tax, Gold-buying stores and pizza restaurants waving signs and trying to get your attention for their business.
As the colder weather sets in, those employees keep dancing to keep warm.
Lonnica Flemming works for Liberty Tax on Wendover Avenue in Greensboro near I-40. “It’s cold! But it’s worth it. The people are happy,” she said, waving and bowing to customers who honk.
“It’s really windy but I have on layers!” she laughed.
How does Lonnica stay warm? A lot of coffee, multiple scarves, “music and a prayer!” she added.
Dancing along Wendover keeps Lonnica moving, but her job is not just for fun.
“It means a lot to me because I have kids at home, and then I see some people who hold up signs for money. I don’t have to do that. I’m lucky. I’d rather hold up this sign than having a sign saying ’I need help.’”
“I have four kids and bills to pay,” she added.
Wendover Liberty Tax Store Manager Christina Cassell said Lonnica is an inspiration. “She’s thankful for a job, she does everything she can to support her family. I’m thankful to have her as an employee.”
Cassell said Lonnica takes public transit to work, shows up thirty minutes early to prepare for every shift and keeps smiling and dancing despite the temperature.
Cassell does what she can to keep all of her Lady Liberties warm. “I know they are freezing! We’ve provided them with gloves, we’ve got hand warmers. Of course, we let them take a fifteen minute break every hour.”
The store is looking to hire more people to dress up and wave signs. Auditions are this Saturday from 10am-2pm.
“They give us plenty of coffee, too,” added Lonnica, pointing to her cup.
“I just hope it doesn’t get any colder,” she admitted. “Because then I’d have to put on five coats! But I’ll still be here.”