The Liberty Wavers: “It’s fun and I have to support my family.”
HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) — They’re called the “Liberty Wavers.”
If you’re in the Hartselle area, you’ve probably seen them before. They’re the people dressed up on the side of the road, dancing with signs, hoping you’ll stop by liberty tax. The friendly, waving, sign holders told WHNT News 19 how they stay warm while on the job.
“Come to Liberty Tax!” The sounds echoed off of U.S. 31 in Hartselle. “My top layer is camouflage coveralls, then I have a hoodie, a t-shirt, thermal underwear, pants with thermal underwear, then I got 3 pairs of socks and a pair of shoes,” said Michael Hickey.
“I have like 6 shirts on, 2 pants on, I’m not cold at all,” said Sidney Morrow. “When you’re constantly moving around, you generate a lot of body heat,” Robert McBay chimed in.
“You’re jumping around, doing somersaults, waving, getting attention, doing whatever makes the people happy.” Morrow demonstrated a nearly-perfect cartwheel in his Statue of Liberty attire.
McBady said his favorite part of the job is getting to see people’s faces as they drive by. “The interaction with different people on the street like this. You get a general reaction, kind of uplift people’s day. It’s good to see somebody wave at you.”
Honk, honk. The boys all ran to the car laying on the horn at the stoplight.
“These guys get out there and they just have a blast with it,” said owener Rusty Wilkerson. “We make sure they come in a pretty good bit. We have coffee and things like that to keep them warm.”
“I like to shake it like this and point it like that.” Hickey tried to flip his sign, but it crashed on the concrete. “I am usually pretty good at that,” he laughed.
“I came in here, I thought it was going to be a normal job, they told me to put the suit on, go out there and do what you do,” Morrow told WHNT News 19. “I love to do what I do.”
Hickey wiped sweat from his brow. “It’s fun and I got to do what I got to do to support my family.”
The wavers do four hour shifts at a time. They take a break every hour, but when it’s really cold, they come inside and warm up whenever they need to.