Feb 26

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The miracle of the friendly salespeople

This evening I had an opportunity to go to WalMart in Canada.  I’ve been struck since getting up here the other day that the sales people in the stores are SO FRIENDLY.  Not just “Hi how are you” friendly with a smile pasted on their faces, but genuinely pleasant.  I think the real difference is that as often as not, when they greet me, they look me in the eyes and smile.  I don’t know the last time that happened at a WalMart in the States.  I don’t mean to imply that people are uniformly unpleasant in the States – that’s certainly not true.  But the difference here is remarkable.

This evening, I went with my friend Jen to a WalMart at about 9 PM.  It was snowing out, there weren’t a lot of people around, and these kids were probably still another hour or two away from the end of a long shift.

I spoke to two employees – the young woman at the fitting room and the young man who checked me out – and (I know I’m repeating myself here) they were SO PLEASANT.  It’s not anything that they said, exactly – the words were probably not very different from their counterparts to the south.  It was their general demeanor.  I felt like a customer whose presence was appreciated and valued.  I have to assume that comes as the result of feeling appreciated and valued as employees and perhaps that’s where the difference lies…but this isn’t a political or an economic diatribe. It’s simply a recognition that it’s possible to have a really unexpected experience in a really unexpected place.

So thank you, WalMart.  Thank you to those two lovely people who made the end of my day an unexpected pleasure.  What a lovely little miracle. 🙂

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Maribeth

    Perhaps it was your infectious smile that made them return it? My German friend is amazed at how I can get the most cranky of German clerks to smile when I visit her. Grandma said, that there wasn’t anything that a smile wouldn’t cure!

    1. Leah Carey

      What a lovely sentiment, Maribeth! I agree with Grandma. 🙂

  2. Cheryl Collins

    I just had a wonderful experience in a Wal-Mart in the USA that I should share. My brother was recently taken by ambulance to the hospital and in the confusion his glasses were lost. He wound up being admitted for an extended stay but could see nothing! We live 3 hours away so called to have the prescription faxed from his eye doctor to the local Wal-Mart. We then called the Wal-Mart to expain the situation and got a very nice person who offered to go down to the hospital 20 miles away on her day off and measure my brother for new glasses….and she made another trip down when they came in!! She was truly an unexpected blessing!

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