Remember Frank Swanson? Walmart shoppers in West Plains, Missouri do. Swanson was a cashier who, days away from celebrating his 20th anniversary working under The Golden Asshole got what you'd expect from such a position: dumped on. KBSI in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Community rallies around 20-year Wal-Mart cashier fired for giving hugs, price matching reports:
In a statement released to the newspaper, a Wal-Mart spokesperson said "part of being a cashier is making sure customers are paying for their merchandise before they leave the store; in many instances, this was not happening." Swanson told the Post-Dispatch the company made it sound like he was "giving groceries away," but that wasn't the case. "They said I was making the price up out of my head," he said. On a Facebook page created in support of Swanson, dozens of people shared their outrage and stories of Swanson's kindness. "Many yeas ago I was at Wal-Mart. I was going (through) a divorce and really feeling low, down on myself," Sharon Callahan said in a Facebook post. "Frank was at the register and looked at me and said 'you have really pretty eyes.' A simple thing many may not think was a big deal, but I have never forgotten. It was exactly what (I) needed that day." In another post, Rose Franz Gondek said despite her discomfort dealing with crowded places like Wal-Mart, the best part of her visits was getting a hug from Swanson. "I'd stand in his line 50 people back just to see him and get my hug," she wrote. "He'd always ask first, 'Is it okay if I give you a hug?' How could I say no? He gives the warmest, loving hugs! I wish every store and every restaurant in the U.S.A. had a Frank."When was the last time you heard that comment about a Walmart cashier? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.