A people greeter is a Wal-Mart associate
who stands at the entrances and exits of a Wal-Mart store. They are almost always elderly
. From their job title, it just looks like they say Hello, and they give you a shopping cart
if you want one, but Wal-Mart has tricks up its sleeve. They are actually there to deter thieves
from walking out of the store with unpaid merchandise
and to place pink sticker
s on returned merchandise
Occasionally, you might find a young person taking over a people greeter's position for a short period of time, but they will usually be replaced when the elderly greeter comes back from his/her break or lunch.