Save Walmart cashiers' jobs!

Save Walmart cashiers' jobs!

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Vicki Dowell started this petition to Walmart Corporate and

I went to Walmart this morning to pick up a few things. The only checkouts open was one express lane and the self scan lanes. I had too much for the express lane but I spotted a cashier in a lane without a light on so I went over and asked her if she was open. She said come over here and motioned me to a self scan lane. I said, "I hate those things." She said, "I'll help you." Keep in mind, it's not because I don't know how to scan. I was a cashier myself. But after I've walked around for an hour getting my groceries the last thing I want to do is scan and bag my own stuff. If I wanted to go to Aldi's I would have. So, I asked the cashier lady if the checkouts were down. She said no. I said, "so what are they trying to do, herd us all to the self checkouts? I don't like that. I'm one of those people who have been signing petitions and refusing to use the self checkouts to help you all keep your jobs." She said, "well, that's what they want us to do so we have to compromise." I said, "well, I guess I'll have to find somewhere else to shop because I don't like what they're doing." Just so you know, it was all done nicely in a polite conversation. So, I got in my car and called my daughter who is assistant manager at a Walmart to ask her if they were doing that at her store. She said no, but they are getting robotic maintenance (floor cleaners) (more jobs lost) and that there is a store in her area that has more self checkouts than regular checkouts. I'm sure you are all aware that Walmart plans to or has already gotten rid of the door greeters that provided older and disabled persons jobs and something meaningful to do. Driving home I began thinking about how much I hated it when the gas stations went to self service but now it's accepted as normal. Kids now don't even know what you're talking about when you mention the attendant who pumped your gas, checked your oil and cleaned your windshields. And young people who help take your groceries to the car and take your cart back? Try to find one. There is a lot of talk about robotics taking over jobs because it would be cheaper than paying employees. If we allow this to happen soon there will be a whole lot of people out of work. Self service checkouts will be accepted as normal just as we learned to accept self service gas stations. Our high school kids will have no after school or weekend jobs because everything will be automated. You're already aware of auto pay, automated services for prescriptions, payments, robot phone calls and lots of other things. Not only does this reduce the amount of personal interaction but can you see what else it is leading to? People won't be able to work because we'll be doing it all ourselves. Soon the nice cashier who helped me this morning will disappear. Where is the customer service companies used to pride themselves in? Tell Walmart you don't want to scan your own groceries and help put people out of work. Sign this petition to save jobs and our way of life.

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