Nordstrom's 99-Year-Old Greeter Still Working And Smiling



Nordstrom greeterStore "people greeters" are an endangered species in American retail. Walmart scrapped theirs last year, and the upscale fashion chain Nordstrom has only one left in the entire country. His name is Ted DiNunzio, and in December he's turning 100.

"Good morning young lady. Morning. Welcome to Nordstrom," DiNunzio says in the entrance way of the Arcadia, Calif. clothing store, on his feet, in a suit and tie, welcoming each and every person who walks through the doors, going on 13 years. (Watch the CBSLA.com video below.)

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DiNunzio was a meat cutter by trade, but retired in the 1980s to care for his wife with cancer. But after she passed away, he wanted a way to stay busy.

"When you get old, you gotta keep moving around," he told CBSLA.com. "You can't just sit down and watch TV."

With comfy shoes and a chair for support, this grandpa has found a second career, and a second life. "This is a nice home," he said, "right here."



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Claire Gordon

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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.

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Ronald Malozi

Welcome to the new America. This will be the new norm

July 18 2013 at 6:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
lou2school

Walmark greeters have been back for almost a year. They were only "scrapped" for a brief period to see if it would save the company money. It actually cost more to eliminate the "greeters" because in reality, they are there as a loss/theft prevention tool. They help catch customers who might be leaving with unpaid merchandise and report any suspicious happenings to management.. Surely, there can't be anyone stupid enough to think that Walmart would pay people to stand by the entrance/exit areas just to "greet" customers. LOLOLOLOLOL

July 18 2013 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

Nice story. God bless and keep him!

July 18 2013 at 3:45 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dazedboy420

Maybe he wants to work. I think he is Capricorn..

July 18 2013 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
natsmommy124

God bless him!

July 17 2013 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ksyrah41

What a nice story!

July 16 2013 at 9:11 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jekap55

Considering the way our country is headed, those of us who work and a pay taxes will likely be working at age 99, if mother nature or the death panels don't get us first. I'm not sure we'll all be smiling, though.

July 16 2013 at 7:34 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Sexy Bitch

oh my. debbie downer is that you?

July 18 2013 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bollman002

99 and still cant save to retire,thanks to potus.

July 16 2013 at 7:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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noknrc

He did retire back in the 80's he chose to do this after his wife died to keep himself busy. He may have more then he needs to retire and the money they pay him means nothing. Have the feeling he is m=wanted and important is worth more then money at his age.
I do not know about your area. But in y area many seniors after retiring become school crossing guards to keep busy . They work an intersection a few hours in the morning and afternoon 5 days a week.

July 18 2013 at 11:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hazel

This is great wally world should go back to it ..

July 16 2013 at 6:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Practical Nomad

That's impressive! I am happy he's able to work, and that work is a job he truly loves. Wishing him continued happiness and health.

July 16 2013 at 5:25 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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