Wasn’t this supposed to be a heartwarming human interest story about a spunky elder who just can’t stay away from her WalMart family? Lois Speelman, age 100, was just doing her job of cheery greeting and scanning for shoplifters, when she was assaulted by a woman she asked for proof of purchase…
Speelman celebrated her 100th birthday at the store in August. She has been widowed twice and started her job as a greeter at the store when she was 90. She retired at age 95 but returned two years later, after her only living son died.
Speelman said she works five days a week. A spokeswoman for the store said at the time of her birthday that her co-workers are like family.
Speelman said Monday that her employers treat her well but that she works because she needs the money. She also said she’s had previous run-ins with customers.
“You get a lot of customers who are not out to hurt you, but they always give you a bad time,” she said.
Notice that it’s a spokeswoman for WalMart who says that Lois is just like family. Not like our families. This is a family where elderly stand in a drafty doorway challenging potential shoplifters.
Lois wasn’t born yesterday. She knows it’s a job.
I think Lois Speelman is really cool to keep on working, but these minimum-wage jobs are the toughest. How about a promotion for seniority?