Ban the Sagging Pants-profiling veteran from Walmart

What Walmart can learn from their own employees’ patience

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“Iain’t a fighter, but don’t push me.” I live by this Tupac line (from “Hail Mary” but one word is edited). I’ve also worked at Walmart for a whopping eight months after undergrad, surprising myself at how long I lasted there. It takes a special level of patience to work in any retail stores, just from tolerating and being nice to customers alone. It’s the reason I try my absolute best to be pleasant to cashiers and sales clerks. I know what it’s like on the other side of the counter.

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In a non-coronavirus-filled world — with 3.4 million U.S. people infected with coronavirus and almost 136K who have died from it — one would expect that another customer or employee would stand in the way of this fight. But customers’ hands are tied with a worldwide health outbreak on their hands. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the veteran is also not wearing a face mask.

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But what happens now? Does Walmart shrug off this behavior and hope its employees just tolerate people physically assaulting them through a worldwide health outbreak? Or, does this moment result in a mediocre lecture to one worker about pulling up one’s pants to avoid confrontation again?

I, for one, believe Walmart needs to ban the customer who cannot keep his hands to himself. This isn’t just a matter of physical assault; it’s also deadly in a world where being within 6 feet of another person can put that same person 6 feet under. For the Walmart employee to keep his cool, and for his fellow colleague to patiently pull him away, is a teachable moment — that I don’t think my waist-wearing caprid self would have ever learned. The next time they want to show someone customer service training videos, run this video by new employees — sagging pants and all. And give both employees a raise for not sinking to the level of this absolutely abhorrent customer.

The ball is in Walmart’s court. And right now, this veteran needs to be in someone’s court instead of someone’s shopping aisle.

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