Joel Atkison, Independence, is an employee for Liberty Tax Service on 23rd Street. He dresses up as Uncle Sam and dances outside to attract customers.
1 What’s it like to stand outside for hours and wave to hundreds of cars? Is it embarrassing?
It’s fun. It’s only embarrassing when I see people that I know.
2 How do you think people look at you? Why do you think that?
People look at me like I’m a nut. I can just tell by their facial expressions.
3 Do you like dressing up?
I wear the Uncle Sam costume proudly, because I had to earn the right to wear it by outdancing the other workers.
4 Is it hard to dance around for hours while looking peppy and happy?
No, I try listening to funny music or talk shows so I can be smiling and dancing non-stop.
5 Do you like working at Liberty tax service? Why?
Yes, because I get paid to act goofy, dance and make people laugh.