I had the nicest Walmart check-out person today..

@dragon54u (31638)
United States
May 19, 2008 10:44pm CST
I was buying some beer with my other groceries and she asked me how old I was. I jokingly told her 16 and she asked if I had ID then I told her I was 54. She laughed and told me I certainly didn't look older than 40, the age that is the cutoff for checking ID. Whether it's true or not, it made me feel good. Sometimes I feel like I'm 90 and other times I can't believe I'm not 24. It's amazing how people will go out of their way to be kind and try to make you feel good. This is a wonderful world.
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• United States
20 May 08
That's a good compliment to receive. I am 23 and I look like I'm twelve. Although, the other day, my dad told me that the bone structure in my face is changing so I look a bit older now. Even though I don't want to look 12 anymore, I don't want to hear the word, "old" when describing how I look!
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@cream97 (29163)
• United States
20 May 08
Yes, I know what you mean. I, too, look like I am about 18 to 20 years old. But I am only 29... I don't want to hear the word old either on my end.. Nor too young...
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
20 May 08
Enjoy it while you can! I thought it was a curse to look younger than 21 when I was in my 20's and 30's and even when I was 40 some clerk asked for my ID--I kissed him! Personally, I think I look every one of my 54 years but it's nice to know I'm mistaken. I don't know why I think that way, I don't mind looking my age because God knows I'm lucky to have lived this long as wild as I've been, but it's a nice compliment.
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@cream97 (29163)
• United States
20 May 08
Yes, that was very nice of her to do this. You deserve all generous comments! A generous comment for a generous person..
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
20 May 08
Tell that to my ex-husband! Thanks!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
20 May 08
I wish it were true that this is a wonderful world. But, from what I've been seeing, it isn't. It is always pleasant to find a nice retail store employee. I lived in a state where most employees of Walmart treated you like you were bothering them, at the very least, or were outright rude sometimes. Luckily, I have shopped in Walmarts in 6 different states now and all of them outside of my home state had exceptionally nice employees. I know that Walmart does not treat their employees very well (I know firsthand... my son is a Walmart employee) and to find some who are courteous and respectful, not to mention NICE, is always a pleasant surprise. People who work with the public should always be nice and respectful to the patrons. People in general have changed so much over the years, and not in a good way. I'm sure that some of it has to do with our society, but still, when you are a patron of a store, you should be entitled to courteous service. I wonder whatever happened to "the customer is always right"? I read something years ago that has remained with me. "State the good but keep the bad to yourself." This had to do with Tarot card reading, but I thought it applied to so many other aspects of life. I won't even try to keep my mouth shut if I have something nice to say, even if I'm butting in to someone else's conversation. It might just make their day. I've vented long enough. Thanks for the opportunity. Got to go to bed now. Take care!
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
20 May 08
I'll assume you'll read this tomorrow (or this morning, in my time zone, I need to go to bed, too!!) so I hope you had a great sleep! Yep, the world can be pretty lousy and Walmart has some reprehensible practices. They are heartless and cold, like any big corporation. I wish that people would all quit the "big box" stores and go to work for the community small businesses--but then, the small businesses would become big box stores, wouldn't they? I have found, through painful experience, that it's better to ignore the jerks and pay attention to the people that try to improve my life. My clerk had nothing to gain with her friendliness and the compliment. She just enjoys people. I prefer to dwell on this kind of people than the jerks I often deal with--I usually feel sorry for them, they must've had a fight with their spouse or maybe their teenager got into trouble and they just can barely cover their shift before they explode. It's a tough world out there. Anything we can do to help someone else survive will help us survive. It IS a wonderful world if you're looking for the good stuff. I used to think that was a lot of horse crap but truly, it's the way I have to be. 90% of people are good--it's just the other 10% that make themselves so highly visible that so many people feel the world is lousy. Ha! I butted into someone conversation at the Walmart deli today. A wonderful mom who was talking with her little girl and telling her how to order suddenly said to her husband "I'm gonna f*%& that b*%&^ up" referring to a young, impudent customer that took a long time with her order. She never said why, but I think it had to do with time. I told the mom to go ahead of me and she calmed down. Most of today's unpleasantness could be avoided if people would relax and get their priorities figured out. GEEZ, HOW I'VE RAMBLED ON!! I gotta get to bed, it's 12:35AM and the dogs are telling me it's time! You raised such an interesting subject, though. Sorry for the lecture!!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
20 May 08
Thanks for the nice response. I just woke up so this may not be as coherent as I'd like, but I had to respond to your response. I thought that was such a nice thing you did for that woman and her family. It probably (hopefully!) made her think about her attitude and make some adjustments. One can only hope, eh? I always leave rude cashiers with a "Have a nice day," or evening or whatever time it happens to be, along with a big smile. Maybe, just maybe, one of them will start to think. Yes, I've had the attitude for years that you never know what is going on in their lives. Maybe a kind gesture or even a smile can make a big difference in their day, or even their entire perspective. Emotions are contagious and I try to spread the good ones around. I'm glad to hear that you do, too. Oh, I think the answer is that we need more small businesses. Then the employees of the big ones can leave the big stores. I live in an area where there are many small businesses. I live in Virginia which is mainly an agricultural state and not much opportunity for employment unless you are a farmer, so many small businesses have cropped up. I think they're great! As a matter of fact, my husband and I have just applied for an incorporation of his business, designing circuit boards for computers. We hope to hire a few people to help with the overload. I am also an avid gardener and hope to one day be able to sell some of my seedlings to nurseries, and fruits/veggies to smaller markets. I'll need help, because I have fibromyalgia and lupus and cannot harvest and package everything myself, so I, too, will be giving at least 1 person employment, even if it is seasonal. I would love to see the giant corporations fall. But I am only one person and can only do so much. Sigh! Keep up the good work (deeds) and have yourself a great day! "Nice people of the world, unite!"
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
20 May 08
Best wishes on your businesses! I don't know how you function with FM and Lupus, both such cruel diseases. You have a lot of spunk! Wish you lived near me, with my arthritis and bad back we could work together and probably be as efficient as one whole person.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
20 May 08
I find it very rare anymore to go to a bigger store like Walmart and get a cashier or any other employee that is not in some foul mood. That is one of the reasons I like going to the smaller grocery stores. The cashiers seem to be so much more pleasant.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
20 May 08
I definitely agree with that! I will always try to get plants and hardware and things from local, small stores. I want to support small businesses that give so much back to my community as well as getting superior customer service. Usually, I know what I want and would rather be left alone. Small businesses seem to know when I want to be left alone but the employees are never far away if I need help. And they seem to like helping, unlike the huge chain stores! I'll pay a little more, even, to shop at smaller stores. I think the benefit to the community is worth it, as well as getting better service. And good for you for supporting them, as well! If everyone did, we'd have a better country. Where in the world is Marquand?
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
20 May 08
Marquand is in Missouri.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
20 May 08
Oh, such a beautiful state, such nice people!!! I've always enjoyed traveling through Missouri. Everywhere I ever went, people were nice, considerate, polite, funny and friendly without exception. I actually considered it when I was able to move from Arizona but opted for Ohio, the state I grew up in. You can be proud to be from Missouri!
@hcpoirot (1562)
• Indonesia
21 May 08
Hi dragon, its always nice if someone compliment us specially about how younger we look than our own age. I am a man and I still feel good if someone say that they do not believe I am over 30, they though I was still in college years. Who care if it is sincere or not. I feel good.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
21 May 08
Men usually look younger than women, it's not fair! Yes, even though I'm proud of my age I don't mind if people think I'm younger. It's always nice to hear it, especially on those days when I'm feeling like I'm about 90 years old!
@sun2day (1063)
• Virgin Islands (U.S.)
20 May 08
That was so nice of her to give such a compliment to you. Age is only a number, you are as young as you feel as the old saying goes. I'm in my early 60s and I sure dont feel like it. It is a blessing to always add another to your birth date. lol
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
20 May 08
I'm never hesitant about giving my age, I'm proud I've lived 54 years and also surprised, as wild as I was my first 30 years! It's also a miracle I don't look like the picture of Dorian Grey!
@dodoguy (1294)
• Australia
20 May 08
Hi dragon54u, With them credentials, you should get a TV advertainment thing going like the Victoria Principal cosmetics - make a fortune flogging your line of skin care creams all over the world. Even give it a catchy name, like "Dragon Lady Juice" or "Old Fogeys Firewater" or something... And then just get on the TV with your beaming good looks as a living testimonial to the efficiacy of your products, and have them scrambling with their credit cards to shovel cash into your bank account! And next time the checkout chick compliments you, you can give her your card and offer her a discount on a month's supply of cosmetics!
• United States
20 May 08
We at Walmart try to be nice to the customers. Sometimes it's the customers attitude that may give some of us an attitude. Dealing with the public can be very trying and then it could also be very pleasant and fun at the same time. I believe it's the management at the Walmarts that create the attitudes of the employees, the respect they show the employees, etc. I can't complain about my store, we have some nice co-workers including management.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
20 May 08
So you're right there in the midst of battle, huh? You're a brave person! Customer service is my least favorite job because people look on you like some sort of servant with no feelings. As you said, though, some are very nice and it nearly makes up for all the jerks you have to wait on.
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
20 May 08
I have always believed that there is one thing that you can give to others no matter how rich or how poor you may be. A reason to smile.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
20 May 08
Very well said, and so true!
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
21 May 08
It is so lovely to find a clerk like that who is outgoing and friendly and just plain nice. lots of them get grumpy but sometimes you meet someone who is totally a great person and is so charming to you that it sets up your whole day.
• United States
21 May 08
It's nice she was kind and took your joke w/ a smile. She I'm sure dosn't get to many like you and get's the one's that she has to turn down for they don't have I.D.'s to prove their age and the hassle she has to go through because of it. She is only trying to do her job and it nice when she can get people like you to cooperate w/ her. It's nice when they complement on how young you look when your really older than you are makes ya feel good.
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
21 May 08
well it does surely!!and its very cool what a remarks could make our day a pleasant one...had experienced that also...and it really feels goodeven just for a moral booster..(im 46)
• United States
20 May 08
ah thats so sweet, Some words can get a smile on u, which is there to stay :) i guess she made your day brighter n Younger !!!!!!!!!:)