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Greeters in Tesco

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stayathomegardener Sun 23-Oct-16 14:59:27

AIBU not to appreciate the "Greeter" in Tesco?
This seems to be a new initiative locally.
Firstly I resent being engaged in cheery conversation just as I am steeling myself for the onslaught and compiling a mental list and secondly it feels like this adds to my shopping costs.
Am fine to be told I'm a grumpy git and to pre write a list and let it go.

bumsexatthebingo Sun 23-Oct-16 15:16:03

I've only ever seen them in Asda. Find them creepy.

usual Sun 23-Oct-16 15:17:10

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Gileswithachainsaw Sun 23-Oct-16 15:19:15

Oh I hate anyone who pounces on you the second you walk through the door...

I'd far rather the staff were actually behind the counter serving or even on the shop floor re stocking and available to ask for help.

Nothing more infuriating than hardly anyone behind the tills empty shelves and some twat stood at the front Pissing you off...

BarbaraofSeville Sun 23-Oct-16 15:19:55

I really don't see the point of them. Must be the most boring job ever. Or are they a 'friendly faced' store detective?

While they are busy saying good morning to everyone, they spot someone trying to sneak out with stolen items and chase after them?

RustyBear Sun 23-Oct-16 15:20:43

The greeter in our Tesco was offering free fruit for kids to eat on the way round.

Ifailed Sun 23-Oct-16 15:21:06

It's Tesco's attempt to win back customers and increase their sales and profits. Like you, I find shopping bad enough without being patronised by someone pretending to care that you are a customer.

PinkiePiesCupcakes Sun 23-Oct-16 15:21:36

I can't stand anyone trying g to interrupt me when out and about.
That includes greeters, survey takers, charity people, so on and so on.
I'm usually thinking about what I need to do and them pouncing is breaking my train of thought which leads to short circuiting in my brain and can lead to me being quite short tempered with them.

OdinsLoveChild Sun 23-Oct-16 15:22:51

The ones in my local Tesco hand you a basket and try to get you to buy their promotional stuff. Theyre bloody quick too if you try and leg it past them they always manage to get infront of you and smirk smile and ask if you want to try a stuffed gherkin or some other weird food that never sells.

I just don't want to talk to people about gherkins or olives or anything else that looks a bit -too healthy-- dodgy hmm

usual Sun 23-Oct-16 15:24:15

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Coconutty Sun 23-Oct-16 15:24:31

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LolaStarr Sun 23-Oct-16 15:28:38

I would love someone greeting people and giving out free fruit in our local tesco! I'm sure my easily bored 3 year old would appreciate it!

stayathomegardener Sun 23-Oct-16 15:29:20

Not just me then.
Because I'm there so frequently (getting everything I forgot last time) I swear she recognises me and has made it a personal challenge to engage.

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 23-Oct-16 15:29:24

Hey, I have to do floor walking at work sometimes.

And yes I feel as if I am being a huge twat!

Anyone who pounces on people gets in their way and is overly "nice" is indeed a twat grin And that includes me.

It's a frickin twat ish job end of.

OdinsLoveChild Sun 23-Oct-16 15:31:04

LolaStarr the free fruit is usually in the fruit/veg isle if you haven't spotted it there before just ask a member of staff to point you in the right direction. grin

travellinglighter Sun 23-Oct-16 16:02:03

My friends dad used to do this. He is a lovely chap and essentially all he used to do was say hello and if the customer wanted to speak to him then he would chat back. If his mates wanted a chat then they would nip into the supermarket and spend 20 minutes chatting to him. He loved that job.

LolaStarr Sun 23-Oct-16 17:08:43

odin I doubt we have it in ours, I live in the back end of nowhere and our tesco is only a small one. I'll ask next time I'm in though smile

FrancisCrawford Sun 23-Oct-16 17:11:05

The only time I've seen it work is for a friend who is blind - he asks the greeter to get a member of staff to assist him. Saves him time standing around waiting for a member of staff to spot him.

Dionysuss Sun 23-Oct-16 17:12:06

Does your store have lots of shoplifting?

I used to have to greet customers at my shop and it tells people 'we are watching you' , but not in a creepy way. We had less stuff stolen on days when someone was at the entrance.

OvariesForgotHerPassword Sun 23-Oct-16 17:12:33

My friend does this job. She's lovely, bet she gets some right twats snapping at her for saying hello sad she's a student who needs money, she isn't standing there and talking politely to you to try and ruin your day.

SooBee61 Sun 23-Oct-16 17:16:29

PinkiePies I've had chuggers actually bar my way on the pavement at Covent Garden tube station. I'd never give them any bank details!

Homebase have someone standing by the doors to 'greet' you. Then you get inside and can't find what you want there's nobody to ask! I suppose the thing is to ask upon entrance but I am always with DH and being a man he'd never dream of asking for help.

megletthesecond Sun 23-Oct-16 17:18:16

Our local Morrisons has a greeter. They do look a bit lost just standing there.

Heatherjayne1972 Sun 23-Oct-16 17:19:21

I totally blank them <rude>

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 23-Oct-16 17:19:49

It's like that in the bank too soo

Queue to the door one poor sod behind the counter and three people wandering up and down the line. Then of course when it transpires not everything the customer wants can be done with the deposit machines the poor sod they dragged out the line has to re join the back of the queue.

Just serve for heavens sake.

FretYeNotAllIsShiny Sun 23-Oct-16 17:37:02

Occasionally we will have a greeter at our store, there are practical reasons for it; it's a shoplifting deterrent and there's the psychology theory that a person will buy more if they have a basket. I love doing it. Though I wouldn't if we had to annoy customers with selling products (I'm supposed to do that at the till, I never do, don't tell my boss!). I used to cheerily say 'hello, would you like a basket?'. If they do, they do, if they don't, fair enough. I wish we did it more often.

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