• Disabled Walmart greeter fired after public transit delays led to too many late days

    By: Dave Wagner

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    Brandi Hanvold has been a greeter at the Walmart in Bonney Lake, Washington for more than 10 years.

    Last week she was fired, and now she is heartbroken. 

    Hanvold suffered a traumatic brain injury 28 years ago when she was ejected in a car crash. Her speech, processing and mobility are a challenge and she relies on an electric wheelchair to get around.

    Public transportation is limited in the rural area where she lives and the van that picks her up isn't always on time.

    Sometimes Brandi resorts to driving her electric wheelchair four-miles on a treacherous stretch of road, without sidewalks, to get to work at Walmart. 

    Last week, despite her transportation challenges, Brandi was told she had missed too many days and was being terminated. Brandi told KIRO 7 reporter Dave Wagner she simply wants to return to the job and the customers she loves at Walmart.


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