Whistle While You Work

I am not a Walmart shopper.  Let me rephrase that, I am not a willing Walmart shopper.  I wasn’t born yesterday.  I have been treated rudely often enough by Walmart employees to not be a believer in their customer service commercials.  Oh, the post I could write about the things employees at Walmart have said to me over the years.  Shesh!  …BUT!  Although, I do most of my grocery shopping elsewhere, I am constantly sucked in.  I average about once a week.  They have stuff I need and usually the lowest price around.

HOWEVER, the other day, I actually left Walmart with a smile on my face.  Don’t fall over dead or call me a liar!  I know, I know, Doesn’t sound possible, BUT, as I am checking out, an older gentleman, I am guessing in his 70s strikes up a friendly conversation with my girl and I (already, this is far far above the normal courtesy that I find there) and then he starts to sing to us!  An old song about loving your mother.  He is singing to my daughter.  I melted.

Everyone walking by, and everyone standing near (which is a lot of people) are turning and staring and giving him the “What in the world are you doing?!” look and the “You are an idiot” look.  The look I am giving him?  The “You have made my day” look.

People that think that he has lost his mind, I say that he may be one of the few in that store that has found it!  What a joy to see a kind soul that is actually enjoying his job in customer service and is actually in the business of serving!  It was, by far, my best experience at Walmart ever.  I thanked him, but it just didn’t seem like enough.

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43 thoughts on “Whistle While You Work

  1. In Belgium on the streets and in the supermarkets you see so many faces ‘hanging down to up the ground’. those who have a smile on their face are often looked at as extraterrestrials.

    Though those who think we should act more positively and share good thoughts and good aspirations, should continue to have their mouth corners up so that they can fire others to have a nice face also.

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  2. My wife works at WalMart. I know a lot of those older greeters they are gems. Many disabled far more then me, they offer me a scooter, but I politely smile and refuse saying, “I must them (my legs) or loose them!” They all know what I am talking about.

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    • i was hoping with this post to get many many “you are wrong! and here is a wonderful person working at walmart…” stories! what an opportunity a walmart worker has! so many people pass through the store daily! your wife must be one of those people that belong in my story as the exception!

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  3. I too loathe my trips to walmart for the very same reasons. If you happened to get his name you might just try calling his supervisor and letting them know that he is the only person EVER to have made your time at walmart enjoyable. I actually gave a teller at the DMV ten dollars once because she wasn’t rude to me like so many had been before her. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  4. Funny! Love these seasoned older people who can bring joy back into our youth. I have never had a bad experience at any Walmart! So funny, however im more of a Target fan. I love the greeters! They always make my day! So happy to hear you had a good experience. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  5. Caroline,
    Well, I am a Wal-Mart shopper. Quite frequently as a matter of fact, but, not by choice. It is the only major chain in this podunk town. But, such is life. I’m not certain how I can still post, as my page has been deleted, though, glad I can converse in this forum to you and others gracious in their support of what used to be. Smile!

    ichibon

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  6. It’s all about perspective! He’s probably there not because he has to be, but he wants to be. He’s 70 you say! Probably enjoying his life in retirement, and there to bring smiles to little girls and harried mothers! Probably made his day too!

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  7. Hi Caroline. I noticed that you’d ‘liked’ my own blog and so I clicked on yours to take a look around and see what I could find. I liked this story straight off…. reminds me of one of my own experiences a couple of years ago on the London tube between myself and a lone flute player. I think you’ve inspired me to get that one down at long last! I’m glad I came to visit from Liverpool… you take care. G. 🙂

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