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.