Detroit Firefighter Brings Watermelon to Station, Loses Job Over It

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We’re living in a world where political correctness and the obsession with race is destroying lives, careers and definitely one’s sense of humor. Today’s story is about a firefighter who brought a watermelon to station and got fired over it. Why, you may ask? Well, some people got offended by the watermelon. So, following liberal logic, watermelons are racist and they should be banned (KFC is next). Also, nobody should be able to buy watermelon without a comprehensive background check.

Kidding aside, the social justice warriors who are also known as firefighters working  at Engine 55 at Joy and Southfield in Detroit were being introduced with their new colleague, 41 year old Robert Pattison. It is a tradition for newly hired firefighters to bring a gift to work, as per Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty’s statement:

“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.”

The new (as in probationary) firefighter Robert Pattison chose to bring a watermelon to work on his first day, and the cherry on top was the pink ribbon wrapped all around the watermelon. And since we’re talking about Detroit, it’s worth mentioning that approximately 90 percent of the station’s personnel are African Americans. And obviously, some of them were very offended by the racist gift.

As per a Fox News interview with one of the firefighters, namely Patrick Trout:

“When you get your first detail at a firehouse you pretty much know what you are getting yourself into. So you would have to say it was probably a bad call.

FOX News: “Is it racially insensitive to bring a watermelon into a fire house?”

“To some people,”

 Pattison was also interviewed via phone and he said he wasn’t pulling a bad joke, as in his intention was not to offend his black colleagues. However, following a number of complaints from some overly sensitive firefighters (I thought these guys were tough), he got officially discharged, according to Fire Commissioner Eric Jones. Here’s the 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 (of the watermelon?), it was determined that the best course of action was to terminate the employment of this probationary employee.”

It becomes obvious that following 8 years of Barack Obama community organizing at a national scale, race relations in the United States are at all time lows. Now, one may wonder, did Pattison take it too far? Should he have lost his job over this?

Would a black firefighter lose his job after bringing, I don’t know, a mayo sandwich to work? I really don’t think so, but maybe I’m just a racist.

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