Firefighter Fired Over Watermelon

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.

Some black firefighters were reportedly offended by Pattison’s gesture since 90 percent of the firefighters at Engine 55 are black.

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

McCarty said that some people at the firehouse claim it is “racially insensitive” to bring a watermelon to a firehouse.

Pattison argued that he did not bring in the watermelon as a joke and had no intention of offending his colleagues.

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source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/08/detroit-firefighter-fired-bringing-racially-insensitive-watermelon-work/

  • Dale

    What the hell??? Give him back his job. Fire the whiners who were offended.

  • p0rkch0pian

    Hey, Pattison, tell the Stupid, Offensive, Racist black “colleagues” where to shove the H2O – melon.

  • Champ98

    Now watermelon as a summer hot weather cooling treat isn’t politically correct??? Next toilet paper will be deemed racially offensive because it is white!!!
    I am so sired of everything in life being called offensive to blacks!

    • James

      Stop this political correctnise thing or it will ruin the country

  • Michael Parks

    But if he was black, it would have been fine to bring the watermelon I guess?
    I can’t grow a beard, so if you bring me a peach, I will take that as a insult referring to peach fuzz on my chin and demand your job or I’ll sue the company.

  • John F. Edwards

    Wait a minute folks let’s look at this; 1st – It’s Detroit, 2nd – 90% of the 55’s crew are black, and 3rd and finally WHO GIVES A DAMN about what these black snowflakes think?

  • Easy Ed

    Adult black males are 7% of the population with 55% of the fire fighting jobs is a definite problem.

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  • Marv

    I have worked with non whites all of my life and never knew one who did not like watermelon???

  • Ischgabibble

    Ninety percent of the firefighters in that station were black? Isn’t that racist? Haven’t the blacks figured it out yet that segregation is against the law? Whatever has become of equal opportunity in Detroit? Who did the hiring of all those black officers and they did not include others of different color, sexual orientation, etc.? I would be calling the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission if I was ever turned down for a job there and my lawyer would file a suit against them they could never pay. This is why that civil rights law of the 60’s is a joke. It should have been called the Uncivil Rights Law for it only benefits people who are black. That fire station needs to be integrated right now. Last hired first fired. Seventy percent of them have to go. After all, fair is fair.

  • i think he has a case,if he chooses to pursue it

  • i guess i’ll forget about that bucket of Col.Sanders i was going to bring then…

  • ron wilson

    You’ve got to be kidding, what a bunch of whinny babies, Grow the fu*k up, it was just a piece of fruit.

  • Robert Pekarik

    Does this mean that if there’s a fire in a grocery store that these men will refuse to answer the call because there are watermelons in the produce department?

  • rick meek

    What’s the problem – I love watermelon and fried chicken ——- Fire these FFFF’s….
    90% are black – I find that racist and what ever happened to EEO…..

  • Diogenes71

    This shows how far our culture has degraded. We are doomed.

  • Veteranasm

    Only the ni**ers complained it seems !!!


    He should have bought fried chicken and mustard greens. Or chitterlings!

  • denoferth

    Maybe these useful idiots should look up where the idea of “political correctness” came from in the first place, who came up with the idea and what it was designed to do. Maybe if they realized it was actually a Marxist plot designed to destroy capitalism they wouldn’t be so quick to go along with it. On the other hand, they’re probably just racist progressive liberal low-informational voters that haven’t a clue that wasn’t planted into their heads by democrat party America-haters like Al Sharpton bent on tearing down this country for their own profit.

  • MS_Steve

    negro please……
    He was probably MARCHED OFF THE PROPERTY…. so there would be one less person to share dat wallermelon.