CEO of Wal-Mart retires; forced to take job as greeter at Wal-Mart

25 Nov

BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Mike Duke, the CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., today announced that he would step down from his current role in February. He then explained that “I can’t really afford to stop working” and that to make ends meet, he would take a job as a greeter at his local Wal-Mart.

“Sure, I’d love to retire, visit the kids, maybe travel a bit,” said Duke, who recently turned 63 and had been looking forward to a little bit of “me time,” according to his wife. “But with the economy the way it is, I don’t think I can just rely on Social Security, so I’m going to need a little bit of extra income.”

Doug Littler, the manager of the Fayetteville store where Duke would be working, said he was looking forward to having Duke “join our team.” Said Littler, “We believe many of our seniors are excited to join Wal-Mart for the strong team atmosphere, the can-do attitude, and the chance to earn $16,250 per year for full-time work.”

According to Littler, Duke’s responsibilities as a greeter will include welcoming customers to Wal-Mart, helping them find what they are looking for, and deterring shoplifting. His benefits will include flexible hours, partially subsidized health insurance, and food stamps.

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