Why are Walmart Employees Only Allowed Water?
by Andrea F. - Posted Mon June 2, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
My fiance was a recent visitor to the Walmart located on Wetmore Road in Tucson, AZ.
While there, he observed a manager throwing away an employee's beverage. The manager then asserted "You know you are only allowed to have bottled water."
My question to you is "why?". Was it the fact that the drink was in a non-Walmart container? (It was, in fact, a coffee from Starbucks) Is it that employees must have bottled water because other beverages, when spilled, may damage merchandise? Or is it simply an attempt to limit hyperactivity as a result of too much coffee?
I'm curious to the reasoning behind all of this. I think it's great that you allow employees to have some sort of beverage, as it gets very hot in Arizona, and dehydration can be a valid concern. From a health standpoint, I also think it's great that you as a company encourage your employees to drink water.
I, my fiance, and several other people we work with are of the "all day coffee sippers" variety of people. What do the employees of Walmart do when they find themselves in need of a pick-me-up?
I hope you can answer my question. Although it isn't a life-and-death matter, I really would like to know why employees may only have water on the sales floor.