A 41-year-old probationary firefighter Robert Pattison brought along a giant watermelon topped with a bow as he hoped to introduce himself to his peers at a Detroit firehouse. He wasn’t accepted well and he lost his job after this!
The 41-year-old firefighter, who just graduated from the academy told us he brought it as a nice gesture to meet his new crew. We’re told many firefighters were instantly offended and called it racially insensitive. The firefighter has been discharged.
Regardless, Pattison claims the gesture was not a joke and that he didn’t mean any offense, but he was still summarily dismissed.
“There is zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior inside the Detroit Fire Department,” said Fire Commissioner Eric Jones in a statement. “On Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Engine 55, a trial firefighter engaged in unsatisfactory work behavior which was deemed offensive and racially insensitive to members of the Detroit Fire Department.”
It seems that even his black colleagues did the unthinkable and sent a message of support for their discharged colleague!
A number of black firefighters from the same department reacted to the incident with a big show of support for Pattinson, describing him as an “amazing dude” who had “good intentions.”
Just want to let everyone know he’s a real amazing dude and it was all good intentions,” firefighter Tadarius Spearman wrote in a Facebook post, alongside ten African-American firefighters. “And our entire class (is) supporting him in this. Especially us African-Americans and that’s all that needs to be said. Stay up brother. #DFD.”
This has to stop he didn’t do anything wrong and this racial divide has to end!
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