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Old 09-08-2011, 07:39 PM
 
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It just never ceases to amaze me the innocuous things that bother some people. There are actually people who resent friendly greetings in business establishments? Today I walked into my bank, and several employees all smiled and went "Hi, welcome to Suntrust!" and I just waved real big and smiled and said "HI EVERYBODY!!"

Try it some time. It just might make you feel happier about yourself. You know, as opposed to feeling bothered and put out all the time about nothing.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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I like the greeters in general. Nothing annoys me more when you walk into a place and they don't even acknowledge you are there. Even if they are busy, a simple, "I will be with you in a moment sir" is refreshing. I walked into a Leslies pool supply store, and the sales person didn't even acknowledge me or say "I will be with you in a second" I was going to buy a pool vac. I went back a week later because there was a sales rep I liked working with in the past. The person who ignored me was also there. I loved looking at his face while I bought a $400 pool vac and the commission he missed out on by offering poor service.

Yes, I know greeters can be a little creepy and the 80 year olds who stand in front of Walmart is disturbing as their baseline dementia barely allows them to stand as they stare off into some window being alert and oriented to person only. The Walmart greeter is a joke. If you ask them questions, they don't have answers and will point you to a cashier. I guess it's Walmarts way of giving back and allowing an old lady to earn a little change instead of sitting at home and watching The Price is Right.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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It just never ceases to amaze me the innocuous things that bother some people. There are actually people who resent friendly greetings in business establishments? Today I walked into my bank, and several employees all smiled and went "Hi, welcome to Suntrust!" and I just waved real big and smiled and said "HI EVERYBODY!!"

Try it some time. It just might make you feel happier about yourself. You know, as opposed to feeling bothered and put out all the time about nothing.
Have you ever walked into a Cici's Pizza? It's bizarre when they all shout in unison "HI!! Welcome to CiCi's!!!"

It's not that friendly greetings bother me. Insincerity and condescention bother me. Sometimes I just feel sorry for the person, not annoyed. Like the receptionist who answers the phone in a tone that sounds like she may go blow her brains out, but says "It's a great day at (company name). I'm so glad you called. How may I assist you?"

I'm annoyed by blatantly contrived, artificial, friendly greetings.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Louisiana and Pennsylvania
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The only place I've seen it done is Walmart and I've always assumed it was because Walmart is considered to be the sort of store that would attract low life shoplifters along with the normal people.

Please tell me what normal is these days
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Old 10-08-2011, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Sand Key, Clearwater ICW
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It creates employment.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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It creates employment.
But it has to create sales, too.

If all a store wanted to do was just create employment, it could keep people at home and simply send them a check.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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It just never ceases to amaze me the innocuous things that bother some people. There are actually people who resent friendly greetings in business establishments? Today I walked into my bank, and several employees all smiled and went "Hi, welcome to Suntrust!" and I just waved real big and smiled and said "HI EVERYBODY!!"

I totally agree. These are not high-waged people & probably need the jobs that they have. How is it hurting anyone if they say "hello" to you? I just don't understand it.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:18 PM
 
Location: South Carolina - The Palmetto State
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Never been to Waffle House, huh?
LOL! +1
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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Go to the stores where these greeters bother you or you think they are useless.
Spend some time watching them for more than the 5 seconds you deal with them.
Watch how many times that greeter is pointing them to a specific area of the store.
Watch how many times someone enters and acknowldge that greeter with a smile on their face.
Watch how many times that greeter does other things such as calling for more carts.
Watch how many times that greeter stops a lost/seperated child from leaving the store alone.
If you find the greeter annoying, shop at a store without one.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:48 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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It just never ceases to amaze me the innocuous things that bother some people. There are actually people who resent friendly greetings in business establishments? Today I walked into my bank, and several employees all smiled and went "Hi, welcome to Suntrust!" and I just waved real big and smiled and said "HI EVERYBODY!!"

Try it some time. It just might make you feel happier about yourself. You know, as opposed to feeling bothered and put out all the time about nothing.
I find it genuinely annoying, too. Good customer service bothers me, I guess. When I worked at Arby's in the late 90s for five years, we never did anything like that. You couldn't even get us to smile. Now you walk into that place and it's as sugary as a Belinda Carlisle love song. Now Taco Bell asks for your name when you place your order. "Here you go, us66, have a nice day." The personalization bothers me.

It bugs me to see people making $8 an hour having to fake happiness and pleasure in serving me.
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