Firefighter Fired For Bringing Watermelon To Station

Robert Pattison was fired from his firefighting job after bringing a watermelon to a new station to introduce himself to his new co-workers in Detroit.

Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty told WJBK:  “It’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary. You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in.”

Some of African-American firefighters were offended; the station is 90 percent black.

Pattison told WJBK that the watermelon was not meant as a joke and he did not intend to offend the other firefighters.

Fire Commissioner Eric Jones released  statement:

There is zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior inside the Detroit Fire Department. On Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Engine 55, a trial firefighter (probationary employee) engaged in unsatisfactory work behavior which was deemed offensive and racially insensitive to members of the Detroit Fire Department.

After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the best course of action was to terminate the employment of this probationary employee.

(Source: WJBK)

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