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Donna Hansbrough, a longtime employee of Lowes, was reportedly fired for trying to stop a robbery at a Georgia store. The 68-year-old was repeatedly punched in the face after stepping into the situation. The company rewarded her bravery by firing her.
According to the Rincon Police Department, Hansbrough was fired for violating the company’s policy on stopping theft of merchandise, which in this case totaled approximately $2,100.
Police identified the three suspects as Takyah Berry, Jarmar Lawton and Joseph Berry, with Takyah being the one who allegedly punched Hansbrough in the face three times.
“Hansbrough attempted to stop one of the subjects by grabbing the shopping cart. Hansbrough did not at any time make contact with any person. The cart that Donna grabbed was in the possession of subject Takyah Berry. After Donna grabbed the cart, Berry struck Donna in the face three times causing Donna’s right eye to swell and blacken,” a post from the police department read.
Hansbrough understood that she had broken the company’s policy, but didn’t expect to be fired. After working for Lowes for 13 years she described it as the “perfect job.”
“I love my job. Loved. I enjoyed working with the people I worked with. I enjoyed helping the customers. I enjoyed everything about it. It was my… You know how you have your perfect job? That one was mine,” Hansbrough said.
Hansbrough is far from the only employee of major U.S. corporations to lose their job for attempting to stop robberies.
Earlier this month, an employee from a major grocery store chain was fired for simply filming thieves stealing thousands of dollars worth of laundry detergent. In May, Lululmeon fired two employees in Georgia for confronting masked robbers.