An employee at a GetGo in Elizabeth has been fired following a confrontation with a veteran and double amputee who parked in a handicap spot
Marine veteran Brandon Rumbaugh told WPXI he and his girlfriend stopped Sunday afternoon at the GetGo.
In a Facebook post, Rumbaugh said his girlfriend was going into the store when another customer questioned why they were parked in a handicap spot.
Rumbaugh lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in 2009 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while rescuing a fellow Marine from another IED explosion, reports WPXI.
Rumbaugh said he approached the other customer when he saw the customer questioning his girlfriend.
“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 GetGo employee then got involved and asked Rumbaugh, “why are you so upset? I’m not the reason you lost your legs. I didn’t shoot them off.”
The employee was then asked by Rumbaugh to repeat what she had said.
“She actually repeated it,” Rumbaugh said.
The employee told WPXI, who did not deny making the statement, the customer was apologizing to Rumbaugh. The employee claims he was being belligerent, and that she wouldn’t have said anything if she hadn’t been provoked.
“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.
Rumbaugh received a call from Giant Eagle apologizing for the employee’s behavior, who has been fired.
WPXI shared the following statement released by Giant Eagle:
“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.”
“We once again extend our sincere apologies to Mr. Rumbaugh for his unfortunate experience.”