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Elderly Female Lowe’s Worker Fired After Being Beaten While Trying to Stop Thieves

Donna Hansbrough, a 68-year-old employee of Lowe’s in Rincon, Georgia, recently experienced a violent altercation with three suspected thieves. The incident ended with her being fired from her 13-year job at the store for violating company policy.

The confrontation began when Donna noticed three people loading up a shopping cart and attempting to leave without paying.

She attempted to intervene by grabbing onto the cart but was met with repeated punches to the face from one of the suspects – identified as Takyah Berry – while two other suspects fled with stolen items.

Rincon Police are still searching for Joseph Berry and Jarmar Lawton, who left the scene with stolen merchandise. According to an interview Hansbrough gave to Effingham Herald, she expressed regret for failing to follow training protocols that were designed to protect both herself and customers.

“I just got tired of seeing things get out the door,” said Hansbrough. “I just… I lost it.” She went on to explain that while she is looking for another job, she can’t sit at home because that isn’t who she is as a person.

The New York Post reported:

A Georgia Lowe’s employee attempted to stop shoplifters making off with $2,100 amount of merchandise, leaving her unemployed and with a black eye.

Donna Hansbrough, 68, saw three people loading up a shopping cart at a store in Rincon, about 30 minutes north of Savannah, and then leave without stopping to pay, police said.

The veteran employee then grabbed onto the cart allegedly being pushed by Takyah Berry — who slugged the older woman in the face three times, according to authorities.

Berry, who was with her uncle, Joseph Berry and another man police identified as Jarmar Lawton, then made off with the goods, the Rincon Police Department said in a news release.

Hansbrough was then canned from her job of 13 years for violating company policy by interfering with the crooks, according to a report.

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43 Responses

    1. No, Rincon itself, is a lovely little city – -I lived there for a few years; what IS low class, is the Lowes operation, for firing a loyal, long-time employee, who was attempting to look out for the company’s benefit. The long-time era, of company employer/employee loyalty has been lost along the way. This incident makes me NOT want to EVER shop at Lowes again.

      1. Soon lowes will cease to be in business. I don’t go there anymore right now and haven’t for a long time. They meed to be on the trash pile of the past.

    1. Lowes has seen the last of my business. In my city HOME DEPOT IS ACROSS THE STREET. I AM A BUILDER WHO SPENDS A LOT OF MONEY FOR CONSTRUCTION. I EVEN SENT MY CUSTOMERS TO “YOURS STORE FOR APPLIANCES AND OTHER PRODUCTS.

    1. EVEN THO THE LADY MIGHT HAVE BROKE THE RULES. THERE WAS NO REASON TO “FIRE HER” AN EMPLOYEE OF WHAT 13 YEARS OF SERVICE? PROTECTING COMPANY PRODUCTS? IT IS YOU WHO NEEDS TO BE FIRED.

  1. I understand the policy, but wouldn’t a reprimand be sufficient for q 13 year employee? You blew it Lowes.

  2. I dont understand the policy. just let people steal and take what they want. where is the law and order in that. Than to fire the lady for trying to do the right thing. I swear the sociaty has gone totally backwards.

  3. as somebody who is about to take ownership of a construction company, I believe I will be crossing Lowe’s off my shopping list because clearly, this lady was just trying to protect the stores assets and took a beating for it. In my mind, she was willing to put her life on the line for her job and her company and that’s how they thank her since corporate America has no loyalty, I no longer have any loyalty to Lowe’s

  4. That right there will end me EVER stepping foot in Lowes again! She should sue Lowes as well as the savage trash that attacked her!

  5. If they did it to Bud Light – they can do it to Lowes.
    BOYCOTT THE STORE.
    BRING EM TO THEIR FINANCIAL KNEES.

    1. I TOTALLY AGREE AS I WAS A LOYAL CUSTOMER, BUILDER AND SENT CUSTOMERS WHO I BUILT FOR TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS SUCH AS APPLIANCES, SINKS, ETC.

  6. Haven’t been in a lowes in 20 years. Sad that those tugs had that innocent look I keep hearing about.

  7. I’m very disappointed with Lowe’s. I always thought they would be the type of company that rewards good faithful employees and punish or fire those who would harm the company. I guess I was wrong.
    There is most likely hypocrisy in their policies. They don’t want you to try to stop public thieves but they probably have a whistleblower policy for reporting embezzlement or harassment or discrimination, all of which can also become violent.
    This crap is happening everywhere and prices are skyrocketing. Companies figure that they can just raise prices and the customer will willingly pay it.
    To Lowes and all other companies with similar policies, “Stop” following the general, so called, safety concepts being strewn by the National Association of Human Resources.

  8. Lowes isn’t the only company to have this policy, lots of them do. It’s stupid and counterproductive as far as I’m concerned, but stupid is as stupid does. In the meantime, shoot these thugs or lock them up. They’re hurting all of us and are killing our society.

  9. The racial group, with the smallest percentage of the US population of a whole, commits more than half of all crime in this country. What does that say about these people?

  10. GOODBYE LOWE’S
    Donna Hansbrough, 68 should get rewarded by Lowe’s not the other way around like they are advocating by their decision to fire her! Just like the way NYC is handing out tens of thousands of dollars of Tax Payer funds to every one of the BLM and Antifa scum that rioted in the Summer of 2020 in support of Floyd the career thug criminal who resisted arrest and caused himself to die on Fentanyl! These punks should all be knee-capped with a bat!
    NYC rewards criminals and puts them on a pedestal; and Lowe’s wants to do the same, so Lowe’s should be crushed like Bud Light!

    I was a customer of Lowe’s but GOODBYE LOWE’S!!!

    1. You are wrong with your reasoning about what happened in Rincon and NYC. Two entirley different things and people doing them. NYC is paying criminals while the Rincon incident was trying to protect their employees from injury or death

    2. No the manager needs to be fired. But the people making the big money doing
      nothing alwasys keep their job when they screw up.

  11. Ms Handsborough admitted she should not have gone against store policy, that she just lost it seeing for who knows how many times and for how long such thieves getting away with merchandise. I understand why Lowes has this policy. For the exact thing that happened to her. She could have died at the hands of these criminals and for trying to save $2100 in merchandise. Lowes does not want this to happen to their employees and thier families. Thus the reason for all the cameras that identified the violent criminals. When caught they should be charged with felonious assault as well a grand larceny. The company ptobably hated to fire her but their rules are to protect all employees and if they allow one to break them they can’t enforce them for others,. (Bet Lowes is quietly helping her look for another job)

    1. Events like those shop lifters are doing cost retail stores millions in dollars lost every year. The shopper is the one punished by the prices being raised to cover the SHRINKAGE (that is what it is known by). Many stores and restaurants have gone out of business already in ghetto towns. California is the best example yet.

    2. “Bet Lowes is quietly helping her look for another job” – – -I wouldn’t bet on that; the only thing Lowes, or any other retail giant cares about is their “image and their bottom line”; they really don’t give a damn about their employees, OR their customers. By the way, their “image” is NOT looking very good right now. As far as I’m concerned, Ms Hansbrough deserves a reward, not a canning, but that’s just me.

  12. I am outraged that Lowe’s would fire this long time employee. Does Lowe’s not care that they are getting robbed? I understand they don’t want their employee to get hurt, but to fire her over it is just reprehensible. I hope they change their policy and rehire this good employee. She should have been given a medal.

    1. A good manager would have given her a warning the first time and Thanked her for trying to help the store.

  13. Lowes should put a trap zone which is activated going only one way, in. These theves are going out the in door with basskets full of merchandise which the loss is then passed on to other custmers. More tactful theft prevention is needed at these stores as theives get more brazen. The theft is bad enough but the three should be now changed with Assault and Battery on an elder person, which I believe is a felony worthy of jail time.

    1. Well, she did violate store policy. Since the store, however, is happy to let thieves steal merchandise, they should at least give the poor employee a nice severance package upon departure.

      She did work there for 13 years, and at least it would help their reputation to do that. What is the world coming to, that we allow these low lifes to steal with impunity, and then fire loyal employees?

  14. Good Americans are just not wired to passively watch a wrong be committed—–nor should they be.

  15. Lowe’s decided to transgender its bathrooms a few years back- I ripped up my Lowe’s card and took it into our local store to explain why I can’t shop at Lowe’s anymore– time to dump these big PC “woke” stores and find a small business instead, that doesn’t push bad policies on their people. This woman who tried to stop a crime and protect her company’s interests could have been given a warning by Lowe’s- but firing her? Why? She knows shoplifters drive up costs for everyone else– I would have given her a raise if I owned the store and she’d been my employee. Appeasing criminals only results in more crime and police can’t get there fast enough to stop shoplifters.

  16. I will never shop at a Lowe’s store again. The nerve of this store not to protect their employees after 13 years of service. Ugh

  17. Goodbye Lowes! Your stores have been going down the crappier for a long time. Now fire a woman who tried to stop criminals. Your policy sucks. Hire some security guards tired of paying higher prices because your cowards. You should be ashamed but I know your not.

  18. BOYCOTT LOWES, call corporate and tell them you are done and shame is on them. I hope she sues and gets millions

  19. Events like those shop lifters are doing cost retail stores millions in dollars lost every year. The shopper is the one punished by the prices being raised to cover the SHRINKAGE (that is what it is known by). Many stores and restaurants have gone out of business already in ghetto towns. California is the best example yet.

  20. I was always a customer at Home Depot and Lowes, but after this assault on an Elderly Woman trying to save Lowes money from theft by three thugs, I’ll never step foot in Lowe’s again.
    They support the Communist Democrats anyway so keep your merchandise for the thieving thugs to steal.

  21. That is Lowes policy. All employees are told not to do anything. My brother hated working there, especially when a customer stole his phone & he wasn’t allowed to go after them.

  22. Lowe’s is a coward company to terminate someone that was trying to do what is right… They should get the Bud Light treatment for their stupidity.

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