Sick WalMart employee with severely poor hygiene
by Erica S. - Posted Sun October 18, 2009 @ 12:00 PM
I was in the Walmart at 16 Old Gick road in Saratoga Springs this evening to shop for humidifers and some other items. All was well until I reached the check out. I was waited on by a young woman name Kat in lane 19. She was so obviously sick with flu I was taken aback. She was terribly pail and coughing uncontrolably into her shirt, then her hand. She then proceeded to sneeze and wipe her nose with the same hand. Without a thought for customer safety, health of well being, it was with this very same hand that she began picking up my items to scan. I couldn't help my self but to look at her with a misture of fear and disgust. She then bagan to verbally attack me, asking me if I had a problem, and advising me that if I did I should tell her supervisor, Dion, to send her home. She then began a rant about her Grandmother dying this month and willing her a bed and that this was the first time in her life she has ever had a bed. All the while, coughing at me, sniffling and rubbing her eyes. At no time did she seek a hand sanitizing gel, nor even a tissue. It was the grossest, most unprofessional display of a lack of illness ettiquette I have ever seen. School children are more sanitary.
What kind of policies are in effect and being enforced in order to protect your customers during this pandemic flu season? It appears very clear to me that I am not safe in your stores. I will not be shopping in Walmart from this day forward. Just for your information, I spend $ 250- $ 300 weekly in your store. There is plenty of competition in this area that would be more than happy to welcome my business.
Honestly, I would like Walmart to follow CDC reccomnedations reagarding their staff. If someone is ill, they should be allowed to stay home in order to protect your shoppers and other employees. At the very least all work stations and check out lanes should have hand sanitizer present and require it's use not only for the personnel but also the public so that all people are somewhat protected.
What happens if I now get sick. I am a mother of two young children. What if I miss work due to illness and don't get paid? What if my kids get sick and can't attend school? These things need to be considered. This is a serious pandemic situation with very real consequences. The impact of your policies regarding sick time or lack there of could ultimately adversely efect millions.