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Old 04-03-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Gee, the last thing we'd want from a retail employee is the acknowledgment that we've come into their store?

Would you be complaining if the customer service folks ignored you? ... Yeah, that's what I thought.
I'd much rather they did. I know what I want, and can find it myself. All I want is to get it, pay for it, and get back out again. In fact, I prefer to use self checkouts and not have to interact with people.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I don't mind the existence of Greeters, and having an employee at the mouth of the store can be useful as someone mentioned concerning returns, questions, etc.

What I don't like is feeling obligated to engage in a meaningless social interaction, when my reason for entering the store is to make a purchase, not to be made to feel part of a community defined by being poor enough or lazy enough to have to shop at the type of place that employs Greeters.

I have no problem saying "Hello." to the person at the checkout counter since the transaction is a legitimate social encounter, business as it may be.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:24 PM
 
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I like when they do this at the hair stylist. It lets you know that your entrance has been acknowledged.

But I can see how it would be annoying at a place like Walmart. No one wants that kind of attention drawn to them.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:23 PM
 
Location: EPWV
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I remember this one Walmart greeter who would push a cart at ya even if you didn't want one. Think she was playing " bowling down perspective shoppers ".
Great customer service there.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Memphis, Tn ~ U.S.A.
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The only thing worse is a bank teller telling you "not to spend it all in one place" when you deposit a $6 rebate check
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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Before you criticize Walmart (or any retail) workers, please read the book Nickeled & Dimed : On NOT Making it in America. These people work very hard for very little money. Sheesh. Show some compassion.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:07 PM
 
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Before you criticize Walmart (or any retail) workers, please read the book Nickeled & Dimed : On NOT Making it in America. These people work very hard for very little money. Sheesh. Show some compassion.
IMO most here are criticizing the retailers for creating an obnoxious position. Take those door greeters off the door and have an extra cashier instead.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:08 PM
 
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Often these folks are a bit "odd", just part of our greater community of people who add diversity to our culture. I have placed a lot of people at Wal-Mart, who no one else would give those folks jobs...so..whenever anyone puts down Wal-Mart, or Wal-Mart Greeters...would you rather that person be home, collecting SSI, or Welfare?
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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I have never, ever met or seen a obnoxious greeter at any place of business.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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Walk up to the greeter and in an even louder voice say "WELL HELLO YOURSELF!!! ARE YOU NEW HERE? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? DO YOU LIKE IT?? REALLY!! HOW MUCH? I HAVE A DAUGHTER WHO'S THINKING OF WORKING HERE, DO YOU THINK SHE SHOUlD WORK HERE TOO? DO YOU HAVE A DAUGHTER? THAT'S NICE! HOW OLD? GOT ANY PICTURES?? I HAVE PICTURES, WANNA SEE???

After this happens a few times I bet they'll belt the hell up.
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