Why Wilson The Cat Is The Frontrunner For Employee Of The Year At Lowe’s

Come on. Cats always win.

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Wilson hard at work at Lowes.Via Wilson Sykes/Facebook
Cari Jorgensen

It can be a struggle to earn the illustrious title of Employee of the Year at your place of business. You have to go above and beyond – and make sure the higher-ups notice – every day. That could mean coming in early and staying late, taking on extra assignments not under your job description, never taking a sick day and countless other things. Coming up with a list of reasons why you or a coworker deserves that title could be difficult.

Unless you’re a cute cat who works at Lowe’s.

Wilson, who has already been named Official Bird Catcher, works part-time at Lowe’s in Pikeville, Kentucky. He’s recently been diagnosed with renal failure, resulting in the possibility that his home improvement store career may be coming to an end soon. Thankfully, photos of Wilson at work were posted on Imgur by Vool. They, of course, show off the top eight reasons why Wilson is the prime candidate for the Lowe’s Employee of the Year.

Reason No. 1: He Inspects The Carts From The Inside Out

Customers don’t want their tools to suddenly fall out of the shopping cart. Wilson makes sure that doesn’t happen.

Reason No. 2: He Doesn’t Let Break Time Interfere With His Duties

Meals and work are equally important.

Reason No. 3: He Monitors The Parking Lot

Customers feel safe heading to their vehicles with their paint samples and plants when Wilson is around.

Reason No. 4: He Tests Out The Furniture

This is a very important job.

Reason No. 5: He Ensures There’s Enough Room In The Shipping Boxes

Customers would be displeased if their cat-sized gardening supplies didn’t fit nicely in the box.

Reason No. 6: He Helps Customers During Purchases

Wilson wants to make sure no one has buyer’s remorse.

Reason No. 7: He Leads His Coworkers In A Morning Yoga Session

Exercise is important, especially when you’re on your feet all day.

Reason No. 8: He’s Awesome

Just look at him chillin’ at Lowe’s.

So what do you think? Should Wilson be named the Lowe’s Employee of the Year?

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  • Yes he should be employee of the year. And hopefully they will let him stay!

    Patti Gray July 15, 2016 2:16 pm Reply
  • Definitely! Employee of the year is well-deserved for this hardworking, and handsome, cat.

    Julie Smith July 15, 2016 5:09 pm Reply
  • He should be ceo of the century

    Marco July 15, 2016 5:18 pm Reply
  • Awwww that’s awesome! Our Lowes in Spring Hill, Florida has adopted a kitty too, Cali. Makes shopping home improvement more fun, fur sure!

    Chrissy July 16, 2016 6:58 am Reply

    Sophie July 16, 2016 7:50 am Reply
  • Absolutely employee of the year!!

    Tonya White July 16, 2016 10:59 am Reply
  • Lowes in Wauwatosa Wi. Is taking care of the feral there…so far I know they caught one and got it fixed and they are trying to get the others!!….when I found out they are animal friendly it made me a forever customer!

    Lori Papp July 16, 2016 8:45 pm Reply
  • If whoever owns him isn’t going to take care of him through his illness and euthanize at a time all pet owners/lovers know it’s time to let the animal go in peace, he shouldn’t be there. I certainly hope he’s taken care of properly with all the love and care he deserves. Otherwise, please find him a home even if short-term the person will love him and take care of him like he deserves.

    Sarah-Anne Ginson July 16, 2016 9:46 pm Reply
    • Wilson does have a home in a subdivision behind the store, family, and is getting the care he needs. He just loves going to Lowes.

      He’s been going there for years and the community has grown to love him as a part of the store. He has his own Facebook page where you can follow his story and see pictures everyone has shared.

      Kari Lindemann July 17, 2016 4:30 am Reply
    • Wilson’s backstory is what makes this so special. He has a home and family in a subdivision directly behind lowes. For years, about 7, I think they’ve said, he has wondered over to the lowes garden section and likely caught mice and critters. Over the years, he transferred himself to other departments in the store. My first encounter was in 2012, when I walked in the door and seen a big beautiful cat strolling the store. I immediately petted him and called the number on his collar to let them know their pet was at lowes. The response was “oh we know. He loves it there.” ? He loved to lay under the Christmas trees in the winter, and has helped me pick out paint several times. Lowes even has his own little red vest with name that he has worn. He would walk over on the mornings and in the evenings, would either walk back or be picked up by his family. The employees and customers LOVE Wilson, and our community is heartbroken because of his illness and subsequent retirement. I never went to lowes without searching for him, and usually finding him lounging in the garden center. It made trips to lowes much more fun and something to look forward too. He is definitely employee of the year.

      Brittany July 17, 2016 8:03 am Reply
    • Sometimes you need to educate yourself before you comment.

      Ashley July 20, 2016 2:37 pm Reply
  • We love him! Defintly should have a huge pic blown up and put in the garden center of him. He’s defintly special!

    Deanna July 17, 2016 12:22 am Reply
  • Wilson should definitely be employee of the year ❤️

    Sabrina Patrick July 17, 2016 4:47 am Reply
  • ABSOLUTELY … there is no better employee than Wilson <3

    Sue Adkins July 17, 2016 5:36 am Reply
  • Wilson is absolutely the employee of the year. I have made 60 mile round trip to Lowes just to see Wilson or take a friend to meet him and usually end up buying things I don’t need. Love that furbaby

    Sis Marcum July 17, 2016 6:47 am Reply
  • Wilson has always been loved and cared for my everyone at Lowes, his owner and his fans. He will be missed at Lowes. I think maybe name a street or department after him.

    LouAnn Justice July 17, 2016 7:32 am Reply
  • Yes Wilson is AWESOME!!!!!

    Tommie Bartley July 17, 2016 7:34 am Reply
  • Absolutely!!! It is such a blessing to see Wilson on duty when shopping at Lowes and he will be missed terribly but he will live on in our hearts forever.

    Rriddle July 17, 2016 7:45 am Reply
  • Yes he should be….he was always ready to meet and greet….everyone….

    Brenda Hamilton July 17, 2016 7:59 am Reply
  • Wilson brings customers to Lowe’s, people linger to watch him & then start buying more stuff. He makes everyone smile. If Talkeetna Alaska has Stubbs, an orange tabby btw, as Mayor of its town, we surely can have Wilson as employee of year!

    Mary Simpson July 17, 2016 9:49 am Reply
  • Wilson is the best! He is fur sure #1 !

    Bridgette July 17, 2016 12:12 pm Reply
  • Wilson definitely should be employe of the year . He is greatly loved by our community and his family.
    My husband mentioned that he always is petting on him when gets supplies even for work.
    Wilson will be greatly missed.

    Leha Gilley July 17, 2016 2:01 pm Reply
  • He’s a very friendly cat…I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago.i look for him whenever I’m in the store

    Jason lemaster July 17, 2016 2:06 pm Reply
  • I always look for Wilson when I’m shopping at Lowe’s. His presence has brought joy to the Lowe’s customers. Wilson will be greatly missed.

    Janet Estep July 17, 2016 2:37 pm Reply
  • Yes Wilson should be!!

    Delena Johnson July 17, 2016 3:31 pm Reply
  • Yes Wilson should be employed of year!! I alway look for him when me and my grandmother go in there.
    He is so sweet and I love him!! Wilson will be greatly missed.

    Elizabeth adkins July 17, 2016 4:23 pm Reply
  • With his retirement there needs to be a picture up front with his Lowes ID tag or vest. He has brought a lot of business to that store. Check out his Facebook page. Wilson Sykes. Very loved animal.

    Angie July 17, 2016 5:07 pm Reply
  • Yes! Please make Wilson employee of the year!

    Jessica July 17, 2016 7:09 pm Reply
  • He certainly has my vote. Cats rule!

    Tammy Fite July 17, 2016 7:16 pm Reply
  • yes he should ,hes a great cat ,and he desires only the best ,yes please name him ,GOD Bless u baby cat ,we all love u

    vonda moore July 17, 2016 7:17 pm Reply
  • Wilson definitely deserves to be employee of they year. He always made my day when I would go to Lowe’s. He especially liked to be petted and talked to. I was so sorry to hear of his illness and prognosis. When he crosses the rainbow bridge his presence will be missed.

    Kathy July 17, 2016 7:20 pm Reply
  • Wilson is so loved ! He deserves this honor !

    Samantha July 18, 2016 9:25 am Reply
  • I think he deserves to be the employ the year and I think Lowe’s is great for allowing him to be a part of their family. Any company who will allow an animal to stay around is A+ in my book.

    Nancy Os July 19, 2016 8:45 am Reply
  • He made Employee of the Year!

    TuxedoCat July 19, 2016 1:20 pm Reply
  • there should be a book wrote about Wilson I think even a movie I have saw him to.

    connie newsome August 13, 2016 9:56 pm Reply

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