EAST STROUDSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – A 41-year-old Pennsylvania man is forced to leave his Walmart job due to new requirements placed their customer greeters. Danny Okenhouse was fired from his customer greeter position, where he worked for 21 years after the “More at the Door” requirements were put into place, requiring door greeters to now have the ability to lift 50 pounds. The 50-pound requirement is something that Okenhouse, who is wheelchair bound with Cerebral Palsy is unable to do.
Although Okenhouse can perform most the tasks, including greeting customers, checking receipts and helping with returns, he is unable to do the one newly required task which includes lifting. The community, many who know and love Okenhouse came forward to protest outside the Walmart store. “I poured my heart and soul into this company, ” he told WBRE News.
A supporter of Okenhouse, Henry Gottardi started a Change.org campaign stating, “Danny’s firing represents a betrayal of big companies to their most loyal employees — it shows how disposable we can be no matter how long we serve. It’s wrong and Walmart needs to find a place for Danny in their company. Tell Walmart to give Danny Ockenhouse his job back.”
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- Danny Okenhouse: Change.org