Walmart Getting Rid of Greeters; Disabled Community Outraged
Whether you shop at Walmart or don't, they're well-known for one thing. It's something that makes their store stand apart from the other similar stores. Now, they're getting rid of them.
There's something about the "Hello" I get when I walk into Walmart that puts a smile on my face. Now, NPR is reporting that Walmart will be getting rid of their famous greeters. You're probably thinking that it's not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but you don't realize who exactly it's affecting.
There are a lot of people with disabilities who now feel like they're being targeted since they primarily hold those positions. Walmart is currently the largest private employer in the United States and also happens to have a large workforce of people with disabilities who may lose their jobs on April 26th.
Walmart is hoping to go from Walmart greeters to a more intensive "Customer Host" role. That role, which is what is causing the issue, will need someone who can lift heavy objects, stand for long periods of time, and do other physical jobs. That means that position would now be more difficult for someone with cerebral palsy, for example.
Walmart hopes to put these workers in other positions but jobs aren't guaranteed.