Detroit Firefighter Fired for Bringing ‘Racially Insensitive’ Watermelon to Work

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A Detroit firefighter was fired before he officially began his first day on the job for bringing a watermelon to work.

Robert Pattison, 41, introduced himself to his fellow firefighters at Engine 55 at the corner of Joy and Southfield in Detroit by bringing a welcome gift, WJBK reported.

Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty calls this welcome gift “a tradition” for Engine 55’s firefighters.

“It’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary,” he said. “You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in.”

Pattison, who was a probationary firefighter, decided to stand out from the crowd and bring a watermelon with a pink bow on top.


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3 Responses to Detroit Firefighter Fired for Bringing ‘Racially Insensitive’ Watermelon to Work

  1. Hans says:

    That gift was not inherently racially insensitive …

    This is what intentional racial insensitivity would look like:

  2. Hadenoughalready says:

    What a coop of snowflake chicken-shit racists! The newbie brought in a sweet and cooling treat and is excoriated for it? WTF is wrong with these milquetoast morons…?
    They did the guy a favor by firing him. He would have surely been left in a burning building somewhere down the line.

  3. nana999 says:

    OH MY GOD! Is white toilet paper racist now? Are chocolate brownies insensitive? Is Nabisco still making Oreo cookies? Am I allowed to eat tacos, even though I am Northern-European-American? Must everything in our lives now be uniform gray to avoid offending? No, wait! That will offend the LGBTQ group and their rainbow flag. Bottom line: Some people just want to bitch. If they got jobs or volunteered at a hospital or nursing home, they wouldn’t have time to think up idiocies like this.

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