Florence SC native, Frank Eason, was a fixture at the Florence area, Sams Club, for more than 20 years. Frank has autism. Recently, Frank was laid off at Sams Club, and Myra Horton organized a fundrainder on GOFUNDME to help Frank with his living expenses.
According to the GOFUNDME page, Frank was placed on leave without pay since July 17th.
Frank describes his laid off condition as “just wrong.” He said he knows that he was let go due to his autism and further said “I can’t help it that I am autistic.” He told us recently that he misses "his people", not just his co-workers but the customers who enter Sam’s Club.
Friends of Frank Eason, set the goal of collecting $10,000. In a matter of only hours, the total raised had eclipsed $12,000 (and still growing).
According to one of the organizers of the GoFundMe page, Rachel Altman:
The community support has been amazing. Frank's personality is the kind that light up a room. Frank loves Sams Club and loved the people. We are just amazed by our community and its support of Frank.
Sam’s Club releases a statement that reads:
“Our jobs are constantly evolving, and our goal is to always work closely with all associates as things change. Although some positions did change recently, Frank continues to have a role at Sam’s Club and we hope he’ll be back serving members soon. We appreciate him, and all our associates, for everything they do every day.”