Let’s talk about Walmart greeters for a minute. The employees who welcome you to Walmart cover all demographic groups, shapes, ages, sizes and genders, but for the sake of simplicity, I’m going to pretend our Walmart greeter is a man.
When you walk into the store and he says, “Welcome to Walmart”, you should make eye contact, smile and say thank you.
It’s not that freakin’ hard, people.
At least say thank you. If you can’t bring yourself to even speak to the man, at least make eye contact and nod your head.
And, when you leave and he says “Have a nice day”, you make eye contact again and say, “Thanks. You, too”. At least wave your hand. Something.
That shouldn’t be too much to ask, even from people as rude as you.
They’re not invisible. Maybe you think it’s a waste of money to pay somebody to say “Welcome to Walmart” and “Have a nice day” eight hundred times, but you know what? That’s Walmart’s money to worry about. This guy is off his ass, punching the clock and earning a paycheck. That alone is worth enough respect to merit even the most basic civility.
You’re rude. You’re teaching your kids to be rude. And then you throw a hissy if somebody’s rude to you? I don’t care if you’re in a hurry. I don’t care if you’ve got your fancy bluetooth in your ear channeling your smartphone so everybody thinks you’re somebody important. When somebody speaks to you, you acknowledge them.
I swear I’m going to start ramming that little bar on the bottom of the shopping cart right up your Achilles tendons and when you’re lying on the ground screaming like a little girl, I’m going to smile and say…
Welcome to Walmart. And have a nice day.