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Walmart: The Ugly Truth Behind The Ugly Greeters

Walmart has recently been caught in a scandal of epic proportions involving door greeters, larceny, and shopping carts. Read about their controversial methods here.

Ugly Greeters?

At first glance inside a Walmart store, one is likely to see an old, disabled person looking angry by the carts. There are two ways most people look at this phenomena. The first, and the most naive, is the theory that Walmart is just being nice in hiring such unskilled labor. The second of these, which is also wrong, is the theory that Walmart is just being cheap, as they can hire old greeters for much cheaper than the alternate variety. Both of these ideas are completely wrong.

Walmart does not hire ugly greeters just to be nice.

When Walmart hires greeters, they are not in it to give people money just because they are in need. There is always an alternate reason to what they do, and it almost always deals with money. Walmart doesn’t keep their prices insanely low by wasting money on things like employees and cleanliness. Instead, they only hire the people who are absolutely willing to be paid an incredibly low amount, and they wouldn’t hire greeters if there weren’t an alternate motive.

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In the above image, you can see a classic example of an overcrowded cart return area probably caused by the underpaid workers being too overwhelmed by their duties, which proves that Walmart is hiring only the cheapest employees possible.

Walmart is not just being cheap in hiring old or disabled greeters.

While Walmart is a cheap company, we must realize that cheap greeters aren’t absolutely necessary. In fact, greeters at Walmart are often unfriendly and do not make people feel at home; treating them with stares instead of handshakes. For this reason, a conclusion must be met that Walmart could care less about the customers’ first impressions, as long as they make purchases. So why are they wasting money on greeters who aren’t fulfilling a positive purpose?

Walmart is only in it to protect from theivery.

This greeter title might as well not exist, because their purpose has nothing to do with greeting. These ugly, disabled greeters will not be able to stop theivery, but they will be very useful in court. If Walmart is having a lawsuit against a person for theivery, it will be a lot easier to say that they were using proper safety methods but the theif got through anyways. Otherwise, a good lawyer could insinuate that the loss of product was Walmart’s fault because they were not watching the door. Walmart simply can not risk this with the vast amount of people out their willing to steal from them.

Agree with me? Disagree? Give your opinion in the comments.

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  1. Meg Smith

    On September 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I disagree. Most of the greeters may be older, but they are not ugly, and they do make me feel welcome.

  2. Ukrainian

    On September 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Well, you presented interesting ideas in your article… I have never been thinking that way… You might be right about larceny, but Walmart has security cameras at entrances, hasn’t it? So, this is the best way to catch thieves, I guess.

  3. jennifer eiffel01

    On September 23, 2011 at 1:44 am

    My family loves Wal Mart.

  4. jennifer eiffel01

    On September 23, 2011 at 1:46 am

    My family loves Wal Mart

  5. Sunjhini

    On September 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

    we dnt have wal mart here … so can’t say.

  6. papaleng

    On September 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    interesting read. We don’t have wal mart in our country.

  7. cruc1fix

    On September 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I unfortunately used to be a walmart greeter. I am not old, however, considering I am only 20 years old. This whole article is true in everything. They are unpaid, they have to deal with walmart’s insanely high standards, and they don’t have the power to stop theives. So true, very good job.

  8. Margaret Boseroy

    On October 18, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Greeters make me uncomfortable. It’s wierd to me that there’s a job for saying hello to people. I guess that’s not their real purpose.


    On November 7, 2011 at 3:46 am

    thanks for sharing

  10. barney rubble

    On November 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    we dont have greeters in Ireland but Ive seen them in America and they would put me off going back to that market

  11. Katrina

    On October 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I disagree. I believe they hire disabled greeters for tax breaks.

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