Working Outside Complicated by Bad Weather

By: Kim Eiten Email
By: Kim Eiten Email

The saying, "It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it," rang extra true Thursday, especially for those working outside in the snow.

One such person was Alejandro Guerra. He works as a courtesy clerk collecting carts at Hy-Vee. It's a job he likes better in warmer weather.

"It's not as cold as it is today, and the snow is not always in your eyes and everything," Guerra said.

But, he still braves the elements to make sure shoppers, as few as they may be in a blizzard, have something to wheel their groceries in.

"Getting the carts is really, really cold. It's slick," Guerra said. "It's hard to get them to stay together. They kind of run off each other."

He's not the only one fighting the snow to snag a paycheck.

"On a day like today, we need some drivers," Jimmy Johns Assistant Manager James Vaske said.

It doesn't bother Vaske.

He's a seasoned professional, five winters in the making. Getting to number six means surviving snowy days like this, just at a slower pace.

"We're running in and out of the store trying to be as fast as possible, but as safe as possible," Vaske said.

"Just take it a little bit slower," Guerra said.


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