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The tradition of greeting Walmart with blue-endowed "people greetings" will soon change in stores across the country.

Valmarth officials confirmed on Wednesday that they greet, many of which are disconnected, will be replaced by "client hosts." Owners, part of the program of the world's largest retail company, which started its work in 2015, still welcome customers, but added even more personal responsibility.

"As we strive to continually improve the experience for our clients, we will need to adjust the roles. from time to time, "Walmart said in a statement to the US TODAY. "We recently shared our plans to change the needs of people who greet people in some stores, and in some cases, it affects employees with disabilities."

The Associated Press reported that affected partners last week were told that their positions would be abolished on April 26 for host roles. To become the owner, they should have the opportunity to raise 25-pound packs, climb the stairs and stand for a long time.

Walmart said that he admits that the associated disabilities face a "unique situation."

Bearing in mind, we will expand the current 60-day welcome transition period for associate people with disabilities as long as we explore the circumstances and potential opportunities for each individual that can be made in each store, "Walmart said in a statement

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Walmart has confirmed that it will replace store whistles with customers in some stores. (Photo: Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY)


Walmart's founder Sam Walton spoke for the program of greetings, which began in the early 1980s.

In 2015, Walmart launched a pilot program for client hosts, which was expanded in May 2016, according to post of the company's blog. A host that "meets customers, but also checks receipts, where appropriate, helps with return and helps keep the entries clean and safe," described on the Walmart blog.

Throughout the country, customers began gathering around some of the Ancient Workers

In Marion, North Carolina, an online petition began to keep Jay Melton at the welcoming post for 17 years. Melton has cerebral palsy and can not walk without help, according to a petition that has about 14,600 signatures.

"Jay's disability does not allow him to" fulfill many of the official duties of the host, "states the petition. "This means that he may soon lose his job when the changes come into force."

Holly Kathleen wrote a public publication on Facebook about her son Adam Kaltin, who has cerebral palsy and worked greetings in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Walmart for nineteen years. The message on February 18 was shared almost 10,000 times and has about 4,000 comments.

"You all know that Adam loves his work very much and does it with his heart. He is looking forward to you and your families, especially your children. He seems to know them by name, – wrote Holly Kathleen. "He gets from ear to ear when talking about his staff and leadership. They are his seven eyes. "

The change in Walmart has caused at least three complaints to the US Commission on Equal Opportunities for Employment and a federal lawsuit in Utah on discrimination against Americans with Disabilities. According to the federal law, employers should provide "reasonable" facilities to workers with disabilities.

Walmart officials said that after she turned out to be a host of more than 1000 stores in 2016, 80 to 85 percent of all victims found

Walmart first said greeters they would have 60 days to land other jobs in the company, but the company has extended the deadline to endlessly for greeters with disabilities.

"This allows these employees to continue their work in the store as valuable team members while we are looking for an affordable, individualized solution for all those involved," the company said in a statement.

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