Wal-Mart Greeter

Wal-Mart has been in the news lately with its closing of 269 stores across the nation. This brings to mind that young people forget that we older people had a career before we retired. Here is a story of one such individual.

Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart couldn’t seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their “Older Person Friendly” policies.

One day the boss called him into the office for a talk. “Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome.”

“Yes, I know boss, and I’m working on it,” replied Charley.

“Well good, you are a team player. That’s what I want to hear,” the boss said.

Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “I know you’re retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning late so often?”

Charley looked down at the floor, then smiled. He chuckled quietly, then said with a grin, “They usually saluted and said, Good morning, Admiral, can I get your coffee, sir?”

Keep your fork

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