It’s been 30 years that America has been able to count on seeing the Walmart greeter at the door with a friendly smile saying,”Welcome to Walmart.” Unfortunately, in order to provide better service, Walmart recently got rid of its night shift people greeters and moved them inside the store.
This all comes on the heels of dollar stores taking a big chunk out of the retail sales at Walmart for the last few months and it signals the beginning of the end of a long-standing tradition. That’s too bad but I understand why it is necessary.
I’ll miss the senior citizen we know as “Bob” at my local Walmart store, though. Ever since I can remember, we have been seeing him at the front door, usually late at night, smiling and greeting us as we would walk into the store. Bob is a retired postal worker who works part-time out of sheer necessity and I hope he gets a chance to stay with the company he loves. I would imagine there are many workers right now shaking in their shoes thinking their jobs will be eliminated but Walmart has come out and said that is not so.
The Walmart greeter idea began with the owner and founder of Walmart himself Sam Walton, in 1980. The company believes that the friendly atmosphere will forever continue and they point out that the 10 foot rule is still in effect; this is the rule where Mr. Walton encouraged his employees to promise that whenever they come within 10 feet of a customer they would look them in the eye, say hello, at ask if there’s anything they can do to help that person.
So, if you had your heart set on becoming a Walmart greeter you can now see that it’s going to be a thing of the past. However, that doesn’t mean you can look at other entry-level jobs within the store.
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