Poll: do you like greeters at stores?
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View poll results: do you like greeters at stores?
Yeah, they make me feel welcome
6 6%
No, they're always a little disturbing
36 36%
eh, couldn't care less
30 30%
never been to a store with greeters, so imagine that they are two supermodels in thongs at the door.
29 29%
Voters: 101.
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#1
Alright, so I went to the US last winter, and obviously had to buy groceries. From what I could remember as a kid, Walmart always had a pretty decent selection of things (I usually went to a store called "Fiesta", but that was in a different city).

So I went into Walmart, and was immediatly greeted by two employees. I thought "Hey, that's pretty neat" and continued to shop.

On my way out, the same two employees were still standing there, and wished me a good day with big (fake) smiles on their face.

That's when it got a little weird.

I mean, I'd heard that Walmart had people stand at the door before to great customers, but actually seeing the same people stand at the door and say exactly the same thing to every single customer when they actually couldn't give two shits about how your day really is really very, very weird, especially at a place that looks like this



instead of this




As I was walking to the car, I realised I had forgotten to buy something, so I went back in.
Again, like a robot, the same lines, the same gestures.
It was frigging creepy.

Does anyone else find greeters at stores creepy and unnerving?
#2
its creepy but hey if you get paid for smiling then why not
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#3
yeah its annoying. but i think old people like it.
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#4
I like that one really sweet old guy who works the graveyard shift greeting the door at Walmart. Those are always the best.

I don't really care either way though. I haven't been many places where they have them.
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#5
Yeah, I think it's pretty useless. I like it though when I walk into a small shop and the owner or an employee says "hi". It's a lot more personal because they actually care about you since you're their only customer.
#6
I don't really care, but I do politely say "hi" and just go about my business. I think their time could be better spent elsewhere though.
#9
hate it.
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#11
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Yeah, I think it's pretty useless. I like it though when I walk into a small shop and the owner or an employee says "hi". It's a lot more personal because they actually care about you since you're their only customer.

see, that's true. Because in that case, the owner actually cares that you're his customer, because he won't have 50000 others in the same day. If you forget something and come back, he'll most likely remember you, and if you go there regularly, will value you as a customer.

Even though it is essentially the same thing, the weight of both is completely different.

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I found it super weird when I was over there, I'm sure it wouldn't work over here.

Hm, I've never been to a Walmart here in Germany, and I'm not sure if they still exist (they totally failed against Aldi), but if I find one I'm gonna go in and see if they have greeters here.

Because if there's one thing germans can't stand, it's strange people talking to them for no reason
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#12
I use to think it was inspiring and a nice gesture. But then I started going to walmart nearly everyday, being greeted and asked how i'm doing by the same guy in a conductor's hat.

So now I try my hardest to avoid the greeters. I'm all for saying hello and being nice, it makes me feel good. But to the same dude, everyday...judging by the amount of times I leave my house this summer/talk to people, he's probably my best friend.
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#13
this is the first image in google images when you type in "walmart greeter"



seriously walmart, what the ****. Now it really is creepy.
#14
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yeah its annoying. but i think old people like it.


Well it is the only place that people will talk to them, after their wives died and their children abandoned them for heroin.
#15
1. Purposeful mispelling, Corey?
2. I voted "No"
3. lol at the fact that no one has voted "Yes" yet.

edit: What I mean is that I've never seen a greeter as a store.
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#16
It's the worst when you're there at like 3 am, the place is empty and you make eye contact with them from like 200 feet away as you're walking towards the door. The long walk is very awkward and it gets even worse when you reach them and they say 'have a good one'.
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#17
I've never met a greeter so big they could pass as s store....but we Americans are getting very fat these days. It could one day be a possibility
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#18
They make great stores. I bought this one guy's heart last week at the doors of a Wal-Mart, now I have a spare when the disgusting crap I've been shoveling in my mouth tries to kill me in ten years.
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#19
I don't mind it too much, I tend to always say hello and have a good day on my way out. And most greeters are people who were retired, handicapped, or mentally challenged. I think it's a good thing for them to do, even if it doesn't benefit every shopper. There's always been a greeter at walmart for as long as I can remember and I think people would notice if there wasn't one.
#20
What happens if you greet them?
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#21
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What happens if you greet them?

Does. Not. Compute.
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#24
id hate it, i consider it slightly insulting on their behalf as well as the walmart (asda over here). i know they dont give a shit, they know they dont give a shit, their shift manager knows they dont give a shit and yet they still stand there and do it. i suppose some people would rather stand at the front and do that but id much rather they just ignored me.

we do have this really funny trolly pusher at ours though i think hes a bit mental and he says hello to everyone but the fact that he actually remembers most peoples names and always has some silly comment makes it pleasent rather than just irritating
#26
It creeps me out a bit tbh.
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#27
Y'know what's fun? Going up to the smiliest, happiest looking store greeter in the place with a miserable look on your face and asking them if they sell black ties.

It really confuses them as to what would be the appropriate response. Their instincts tells them that this is not a moment that they should be smiling at you and acting all cheerful, but their training and sheer repetativeness of the job fights against this and you can actualy see their facial expression physicaly quiver as this internal altercation takes place.
#28
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This is what happens when I get greeted:

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#29
Their job is pointless. They don't even do anything for you, like get you a cart, or hold open the door. They just say "hi." Also, it tends to be lowest of the low that shop and work at Wal-Mart, at least where I live. The greeters just mumble at you and the customers just give them the stink eye.
#30
I've never been in a store with a greeter, but I hate any attempts to be friendly and cheerful when they're obviously neither. What would, in an ideal world, be an excuse for both of us to be relaxingly curmudgeonly and rude, is instead a depressing hollow imitation of a social situation where neither of us care about the other but have to pretend in vain that we do. I would kill a horse with a spade for one supermarket employee to say "here's your cunting groceries, now fuck off back to your hole you grotesquely ugly freak".
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#31
Take a recording of yourself saying 'Hello' with you, play it to them and tell them that technology will soon replace them with machines.
#32
You know they don't just stand there to greet right? They check your tickets and check for merchandise that isn't in bags. They catch more people than you think.
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#33
I've only been to small shops where they have someone who greets customers, I don't mind it.
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#34
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You know they don't just stand there to greet right? They check your tickets and check for merchandise that isn't in bags. They catch more people than you think.


This. It's supposed to put a "friendly face" on the company or whatever, although that doesn't work all that well since it's an incredibly boring job and it becomes increasingly difficult to be friendly.

But more importantly it's to avert theft but without the ominous tone of having an actual security guard standing there.

Also I think I said this, but I'll say it again. It's an incredibly boring job. I've done it a few times, not for over a year now though. The only way I ever made it through was by memorising the lyrics to long Iron Maiden songs and singing them in my head...

... and sometimes out loud. I was only caught once or twice...
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What happens if you greet them?


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#36
I've been that guy.

I made the role my own by slipping in wrong lines.

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"What?"

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#37
I think they keep them there because it cuts down on shoplifting.

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#38
its usually elderly people or the handicapped that are greeters in my area. i have no problem with them working that job, probably couldn't work much else to be honest. but i consider it more of a job for me, to stick around for more than just a "hello" and have a conversation with them. that way they get as much out of it as i do...
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#39
It doesn't really happen here, I remember they used to do it in GAP, but that was ages ago. Only, in small, upmarket shops are there people greeting you, and usually they'll be there to offer you help, not just to say hello and goodbye.
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#40
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What happens if you greet them?


their circuits malfuction obviously.

edit: i think they're weird as well.
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