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“I’m scared” – Pontiac Walmart greeter with Williams Syndrome to lose job

Nathan Joerndt has many talents such as jamming away on the piano, but he is most well known for bringing smiles to customers at the Pontiac Walmart as a greeter for 18 years.

“I like greeting the customers, I like learning new things like how to greet them, how to make their experience good and everything was just how shall I say hunky dory.” said Joerndt

But all of that changed this past weekend. Nathan was called into work and told his position was being changed, meaning it would now require lifting and climbing ladders. Nathan has a rare developmental disorder called Williams Syndrome. Among the effects of this he has cognitive limitations and lacks depth perception, meaning he can no longer meet the new job requirements.

“I was hurt, I was devastated, I was angry.  I’m scared.” said Joerndt

Nathan’s mother said she knows it is not just this branch, but happening everywhere.

“I have nothing but good things to say about the local store, They’ve been really really good to him and his associates are like family and I think that’s part of his hurt you know he’ll be losing part of his family.” said Vickie Fogarty

She said since they got the news, Nathan has been emotional getting ready for work because to him it is not a job, it is his life.

“It’s not about a job, it’s about loving what you do and doing what you love and that’s being a greeter.” said Fogarty

Despite the sad news Nathan said he knows life will go on and he will find a way to bring smiles to those around him.

Walmart said in a statement:

“As we strive to improve the experience for our customers we will need to adjust roles from time to time.  We recognize that our associates with disabilities with physical limitations face a unique situation. We will be extending the current 60 day transition period for associates with disabilities while we explore accommodations within each store.”

Kaitlin Pearson

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