Donna Hansbrough previously worked at the Lowe’s store in Rincon, Georgia. On June 25, the then-employee attempted to thwart a shoplifting attempt.
Three suspects reportedly loaded up a shopping cart with merchandise and exited the home improvement store with the stolen items.
The Rincon Police Department said in a statement, “Lowe’s employee, Donna 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.”
The Rincon Police Department identified the other two shoplifting suspects as Jarmar Lawton and Joseph Berry – the uncle of Takyah Berry.
Police said they had arrested Lawton, but are still searching for the uncle and niece suspects.
Authorities said the trio stole merchandise worth $2,101.
Police said Lowe’s fired Hansbrough for attempting to stop the theft, which violated the company’s policy against intervening with shoplifters. Hansbrough had worked for Lowe’s for 13 years.
Hansborough told the Effingham Herald, “They say that if you see somebody stealing something out the door, not to pursue, not to go out. I lost it. I grabbed the cart. I don’t actually remember going out but I did. And I grabbed the cart that had the stolen items in (it).”
“I just got tired of seeing things get out the door. I just … I lost it,” she added. “I basically lost all the training. Everything they tell you to do, I just … I just lost it. I didn’t expect to get terminated. Maybe a reprimand or a suspension.”
Hansborough doesn’t expect to get her old job back and is looking for new employment.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to “directly help Ms. Donna with any bills while she attempts to find new employment after being fired by Lowe’s for something she clearly had no control over.”
At the time of publication, the crowdfunding campaign had raised nearly $13,000.
The Rincon Police Department urged anyone with information on the shoplifting case to call 912-826-5200.
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