Walmart Greeters

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This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to Walmart

Preserve the jobs of disabled greeters at Walmart

My son is a 21 year old autistic greeter at Walmart in Pickens, SC. We were recently told that he would be losing his job due to Walmart cutting back. Simon has until 4/26 to find another job in the store or no longer be employed. Of course, I'm sure that will be impossible. Between all the people that will be applying from the Pickens BI-LO closing and then all the 3rd shift Walmart folks being laid off and needing jobs as well, it will be tight at best. And it's not just Simon. All of Walmart (in this market and maybe nationwide) are cutting greeters out or changing their job descriptions. I really don't think Walmart understands the value of greeters. Impersonal executives making 7-8 figures see it as a number. At best they see it as a way to discourage shoplifting by having a human presence at the door. But those guys don't understand what it means to average people, those of us who have bad days and can't go relax in the spa or head for our other home for a while, to have someone greet them in person when they come in the door. Don't get me wrong. I've seen greeters that just stare, ignore, or maybe nod in passing. But Simon is thrilled to see you! He literally loves you to death when you come in the door. People tell me that they actually go to Simon's Walmart instead of a closer one just because of him! His open acceptance and affection for all people really touches them. That goes a long way when it comes to public opinion and general sentiment, and it's ideal for someone like Simon. The economics of perception more than make up for the salaries of good greeters, and provide a needed employment outlet for the growing community of disabled and elderly in our population. I know religion is considered passé now in this post... well, it's a post-something civilization. Culturally things are falling apart so quickly it's hard to tell the most recent thing to fall, so we'll stick with post-something. But I digress. Anyway, religion is considered passé now. Hence so are the virtues. [Deleted stuff]. Never mind, I guess. I was going to go on a long tirade and drag in politics and culture, but that seems pointless. Anyway, my point was going to just be that the virtues themselves almost demand employment opportunities of those types. And I'm not saying that corporations have to throw out free money. They have an obligation to the stockholders to make a profit. I know Walmart has razor thin profit margins of 2-3%. That means that for every dollar they make, they get two keep 2 or 3 pennies. But those pennies still add up to literally billions of dollars in profit. And when they're paying their CEO 28 mil, and who knows how much to all those other executives and board members, it gets hard for me to to justify cutting Simon's 3 days a week. The average full-time employee only makes 19k a year. Simon makes much less than that! Economically (and again in the economy of perception) Walmart would come out much better in the end by keeping positions like this. I saw an analysis in 2015 (that gave me a headache, by the way) that Walmart could up salaries by as much as 50% and still come out with similar or better numbers than they do now. And I'm sure it's true. Everybody knows that between tax breaks, write-offs, incentives, moving money from ledger to ledger, etc., most of the big corporations can figure out how to squeeze some more profit out of just about any situation. Despite the math, I think the idea of making more by cutting salaries is just embedded in the business culture. Whatever. All this is to say that the (good) greeters are underestimated, and whether you come at it from a perspective of virtue, economics of perception, or just plain old economics, it would work out much better for the big box guys if they'd keep them. Too bad they don't get it. Let's help them understand how important greeters are to us!

Scott Cantrell
168,421 supporters
This petition won 7 months ago

Petition to Walmart

Let Local Walmart Greeter keep his job

HAZEL GREEN, Ala. - WHNT News 19 receives a lot of emails from our viewers hoping we will Take Action and Get Results for them. Recently, a mom asked us for help after she says her son, who has cerebral palsy, was discriminated against at work. Her son is a greeter at the Hazel Green Walmart, but he's been told his position is being eliminated and there's nothing else he can do at the store since he can't climb a ladder. It's not a super high paying position, but Mitchell Hartzell said it gave his life more meaning. "It gave me a place to go every day, where I wouldn't be sitting at home doing nothing," added Hartzell. And while he's only missed one day of work in his years as a door greeter, he's been told his last day is April 26th. "I haven't slept through the night since I got the news," shared Hartzell. "Since this position was going away and because I couldn't climb a ladder, I pretty much would have to transfer to another store." The closest Walmart is 23 minutes away and since he depends on others for transportation, that's not an option for him. Even if he did try to transfer, with the policy that introduces hosts instead of greeters, he probably wouldn't be accommodated at any location because he's in a wheelchair. "Everything is a challenge for me, but I've dealt with it all my life," explains Hartzell. "I've developed systems to deal with it. I don't know any other way. I was born this way." This is the only job Hartzell has ever had. He was told his store is a "low theft" store, and greeters are no longer needed. Walmart said the policy isn't new, but every store wasn't immediately impacted. Walmart issued a statement to WHNT News 19: More than two years ago we started a program in more than 1,000 stores using customer hosts to staff entrances. Customer hosts give customers a welcome as they enter our stores and keep the front clean, safe and secure. Over the last two years, we’ve continued to expand this program and introduce more customer host roles in our stores, adding more responsibility and pay to the traditional People Greeter role. We recognize this is a unique situation and it will take time to explore possible solutions. As we phase the greeter role out of this store over a 60-day period, our store management and local human resource teams will be in regular contact with the associates as they explore every available option. We’re committed to always providing our customers with a positive and safe shopping experience, and we know there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to staffing our entrances and serving customers. We look at the data from each store individually to structure the appropriate door coverage.Hartzell said he was lied to when he asked if there were open positions he could fill. He said another greeter was offered a self-checkout position. "A position I know I could've done." He's filed an inquiry with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but says he won't have a phone interview until April. He said his job will nearly be gone by that point. "My mind is racing one hundred miles and hour trying to figure out what to do next," said Hartzell. Mitchell Hartzell says the news has left him feeling devalued and hopeless when it comes to finding another job and he isn't the only one that will be impacted. Hartzell says there is also a 77-year-old greeter that will lose their position because they can't climb a ladder or perform certain additional tasks.   This guy is the nicest person. He just wants to work. Many employees that can not complete the new tasks for the “position” recently enforced will lose their jobs!! Please sign this petition to help keep these people employed. They work hard & absolutely DO NOT DESERVE THIS! 

Meghan Dockter
11,768 supporters