Elevator Operator: Being a Walmart Greeter Just Won’t Be The Same

There are still a few around, but elevator operators are a dying breed. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently told the story of

Wodke operating the elevator in the 1925 Century Building in downtown Milwaukee; photo by Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

a gentleman who has been operating the elevator in the 1925 Century building in downtown Milwaukee since 1992. More than simply a button presser, James Wodke had more of a public-relations, customer-service role, handing out treats for canine passengers and spraying air freshener when certain smells lingered in the cab. Originally an office building, the eight-floor structure now houses condos on several of its floors, and requires an elevator that can be operated automatically, 24/7. That puts Wodke and two part-timers out of a job as of October 1. Wodke told the Sentinel he might become a Walmart greet; certainly, it will not be nearly the same!

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