Walmart: Will they never learn? Feb 26, 2019 23:23:05 GMT
Post by Arc on Feb 26, 2019 23:23:05 GMT
If you ask John Combs what his biggest worry is, he'll say: "How will I feed Red?"
Red is actually white. He's a labradoodle rescue, just tall enough for Combs to pet if he reaches over the armrest of his wheelchair. Combs, 42, has cerebral palsy. He has difficulty speaking. But he has no difficulty saying the line most Americans have heard at least once: "Welcome to Walmart!"
Combs has one of Walmart's trademark front-door jobs: He's a "people greeter" at a store in Vancouver, Wash. But, he was told, come April 25 his job is going away. And he is not alone. According to Walmart, greeters are being removed at about 1,000 stores around the country.
NPR has found that Walmart is changing the job requirements for front-door greeters in a way that appears to disproportionately affect workers with disabilities. Greeters with disabilities in five states told NPR they expect to lose their jobs after April 25 or 26.
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Does anyone here have any trouble imagining the CEO of Walmart in about three to seven days asking whose the dumb SOB that came up with this PR nightmare idea?
Remember some years back Walmart ran for a full year several ads that only stated that Walmart really were nice guys and didn't mistreat and underpay their employees as everyone thought.
ADDENDUM: I added the picture of one of the greeters above. Look at him. Think that he is well known and liked at the individual Walmart where he works? I imagine that when this story hit the media or "newsstands" that the manager of that store thought WTF! The manager is currently probably changing his phone number and renting a safe house. He may need it.