People took to social media to congratulate Alley by telling completely non-existent stories about her incredible customer service and heroism.
Recognizing employees' efforts and hard work is undoubtedly the best way to motivate them. It is not about giving them a gold star at the end of every week but rather showing appreciation for the work they sincerely provide. A Walmart store in Grundy, Virginia, knows the importance of giving credit where it is due.
They not only gave the loudest shout-out to an employee named Alley, but also gave way to commenters taking to the official Facebook page of Walmart Grundy to congratulate her online by telling completely non-existent stories about Alley's incredible customer service and heroism. She received her award on April 4 and as of today, the post has over 56k reactions, 41k shares and more than 50k comments.
According to some of the comments, Alley administered emergency amputation on a customer after they stubbed their toe at Walmart, saved a family from a house fire, coached boxing to someone who is now a pro boxer, saved a life in Afghanistan, gave a kidney to a friend, carried a customer and their horse across 7 miles of rough terrain, helped deliver a child in the garden decor aisle, resuscitated an invalid grandmother when her pacemaker stopped and even saved a customer from picking up a hand saw from the wrong end. Some even claimed the woman was Mother Nature in disguise and suggested renaming Walmart to Alleymart altogether. It does sound catchy.
But this is not the first time people have fabricated fictional stories about Walmart employees. In 2019, the fame fell on Sam Reynolds from Streator, Illinois. Walmart named Reynolds as cashier of the week and even took to their official Facebook page to congratulate her. The post didn't go unnoticed and garnered over 217k reactions, 377k comments and 341k shares. People flocked to the comments section to send their best wishes to the hardworking employee, and some even shared their personal encounters with the employee. From the looks of it, Reynolds was not just a friendly cashier. She was an unsung hero.
Reynolds had cured a dyslexic child by looking straight into his eyes, helped deliver a baby on the toothpaste aisle, disguised herself as Jesus, turned water into Pinot Noir, took care of ten kids by different mothers, called Sallie Mae and paid off student loans, flew to Columbia and fought off the cartel, convinced a customer to quit smoking after telling them about the dangers of nicotine use, and, Sam had even ripped her heart out and gave it to a customer and performed surgery under three minutes. Reynold's story is proof that hard work and heroism pay off. In an interview with Shaw Local, she expressed her surprise at her unexpected popularity online.
“This happened for no reason. I don’t even know how to feel. I guess it’s cool. I don’t have time for all the comments,” Sam said in an interview. “I wasn’t expecting it to go all out like this or for people to call into the store. Some radio station in Bloomington was like ‘We have to find Sam’ and I got tagged in it like 47 times. It was a bit much,” Sam noted how too much attention can sometimes be overwhelming. However, she and her colleagues are a close-knit team and they support one another: “We all work as a team here. Everyone has been like ‘Go Sam!’ through the whole thing.”