It has been reported that a GetGo employee has been fired after a horrific confrontation that the employee sparked with a double amputee veteran who had parked in a handicap spot.
Marine veteran Brandon Rumbaugh said that it was a typical Sunday afternoon when he and his girlfriend made a quick stop at their local GetGo.
“I pulled into the handicap spot, like I do all the time, and she gets out and goes in the store, and I was going to come in after her,” Rumbaugh said.
It was in 2009, that Rumbaugh lost both of his legs in Afghanistan. Rumbaugh was desperately trying to rescue a fellow marine who had been critically injured when he stepped on an improvised explosive device.
When Rumbaugh witnessed one of the employees heavily questioning his girlfriend he quickly went in after her.
“I asked him, ‘What gives you the right to confront her? She had nothing to do with it. Come outside and confront me if you’re that concerned about it,’” Rumbaugh said.
A different GetGo employee then immediately involved.
Rumbaugh said the employee asked, “Why are you so upset? I’m not the reason you lost your legs. I didn’t shoot them off.”
Rumbaugh was shocked after hearing this statement and asked the employee to repeat what she had just stated.
“She actually repeated it,” Rumbaugh said.
When a reporter spoke with the employee over this harsh statement, the employee did not deny making the statement to Rumbaugh.
“You can review video and audio. I don’t think I said anything out of line for what was happening. I didn’t threaten her, call her names,” Rumbaugh said.
The company has since publicly confronted the situation with the following statement:
“At Giant Eagle, Inc., having respect for others is essential to how we serve our communities, and is a belief we insist each Team Member hold in the highest regard. The recent comments made by a former Elizabeth GetGo Team Member were completely inappropriate and entirely unacceptable, resulting in the Team Member’s termination.”