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Karen Pribble does not know a stranger. If you have made a late-night trip to Carrollton’s Walmart in the last few years, she probably greeted you at the front door or in the checkout lane with a friendly smile and a “How are you?”
Pribble, born in Madison, Ind., and raised in Carrollton, has worked as a stocker, people greeter and now a cashier at Walmart. She started out on day shift, but has worked the past three years on third-shift. “I don’t like third shift; I like the people I work with, and I wouldn’t trade shifts, but it’s not a good shift to work, especially when you get older,” Pribble said.
Working third shift, which is from 10 p.m.-7 a.m., allows her to take her grandson, Tyler Perry, 14, back and forth to school while her daughter, Gwynne Pribble, works day-shift at Walmart as a department manager over lawn and garden.
Pribble worked at Kentucky Ladder for 14 1/2 years as an assembler. She worked on the stool line and the ladder line. She opted to leave in 2003 about a year before the plant closed because she has arthritis and the company shifted to a heavy line.
While at Kentucky Ladder, Pribble also worked part-time at Walmart and then decided to stay on afterward.
“Working third shift, you see it all,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of interesting people. Mr. Bill Bucy that died, he was a regular customer in here every night. We really enjoyed him; he was a really nice guy.
“You see all kinds; you see some who are good and somewho are not so good. But most of the time, the people are really, really, really nice.”
Pribble said she likes the small-town life in Carrollton. She moved away for about nine years when she married her husband, Bill.
When they first met, he was a horse trainer for Tennessee Walking horses. Originally from Mount Sterling, they moved several different places for his job.
The couple was living in Mount Sterling when Bill was killed in the Blizzard of 1978 in Paris, Ky. Pribble said he was working for Bob’s Foods as a truck driver. There was a wreck on the road that had not been cleared yet, and he ran underneath a truck full of steel, she said.
After her husband’s death, Pribble moved back home to Carrollton. “Don’t matter where you go, you see somebody you know,” she said.
Working on third shift, Pribble said she does not have much time for hobbies, but loves reading. “I like nonfiction, I like murder mysteries, anything true life,” she said. “I don’t like all that fluff, romances, I don’t care for that.”
Pribble said her grandson keeps her busy the rest of the time. “He’s in the band, so there’s a lot of school activities with that. Other than that, it’s eat, sleep and work.”
Pribble said she enjoys her job because she likes people and is “obviously” a talker.
“There are people who I have no idea what their name is, (but) I see them a lot,” Pribble said. “I’ll go to Florence and hear somebody going ‘Hey! They’re letting you off tonight?’ … I’m a people person, (and) I don’t know a stranger so I talk to everybody. I loved being a people greeter, but I love it here too (as a cashier) because, as you see, I chat with everybody.”
Even if she is having a bad day, Pribble said she still tries to smile. “I try to treat people like I want to be treated. I don’t care if you are fat, skinny, pink, green, I try to treat everybody the same. … I plan on staying here until they have to roll me out.”