Fireman Fired For Bringing a Gift of Watermelon to Firehouse

FOX 2 spoke to Pattison by phone who claims it was not a joke – and he did not mean to offend his fellow firefighters. But he clearly did.

Fire Commissioner Eric Jones says the Fenton native was officially discharged.

In a statement Jones says: “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.”

ht/ annie

44 Comments on Fireman Fired For Bringing a Gift of Watermelon to Firehouse

  1. I like watermelon and would be happy if someone brought me one, but then again, I’m a white guy, so I guess I’m allowed to like watermelon as long as I’m not around black people.

  2. The snowflake firemen seem to be easily offended. Maybe Cam Newton should give them a call to say how they should accept an apology and move on.

  3. I taught at a mostly black middle school with 70% black faculty. Every time they was a faculty work day they held a lunch for the teachers. The black principal decided on the menu and it was always either BBQ or fried chicken with cole slaw, beans and watermelon for desert. He was a really good principal and nobody thought twice about the watermelon. Blacks didn’t invent watermelon, everybody in the old South ate watermelon, so how did it become their domain to decide when its racist to offer it?

  4. Zero tolerance. Then why isn’t everyone who discriminated against the watermelon shit canned?

    The last I checked, watermelons can be purchased and eaten by anyone of any race. If you have some attached racial bias to certain foods, it’s YOU that’s discriminating.

  5. Ah soooo, watermelon is white privilege! I didn’t know that! Bye bye, I am on my way to the store to get me some of that white privilege colored red and green! I don’t like the black seeds, however (who keeps putting those racist seeds in my melons)?

  6. “In a world where racial tensions run high, he should have known better.”
    Does this new world come with a manual for us whiteys?

    Black people are also known to like fried chicken, is that an insensitive food item to bring, what about bbq pork ribs or soul food?

    Some would have liked him to stay around so they could teach him. Yeah, probably better he was fired, their method of teaching probably would have been a lot worse than a pink slip.

    Union: Yeah they did the right thing firing the white guy, should have capped his ass. (I’m assuming he was a white guy)

  7. It doesn’t hold any water when you consider the outcome if a black firefighter had brought the melon. Clear as day it’s the black firefighters that had a problem with a white firefighter joining their force. Watermelon is the scapegoat.

  8. What was he thinking, dude, carry your happy white ass someplace where you will be appreciated by your fellow firefighters. Maybe Vegas, I think they are ramping up now.

  9. As if Detroilet can afford a wrongful discharge suit. Idiots running the place into the ground. Please, feds, send no more money to this racist hellhole!

  10. So, if he had brought in hot dogs he would have offended the trans-sexuals?

    If he had brought in pears would he have offended pear shaped individuals?

    Would an eggplant have offended blacks as well?

    Oreos? Thems racist too. To blacks who act like whites.

    What about beans? Them’s be offensive. To Mexicans. Beaners is an offensive term.

    It’s just not worth being around other people anymore, except people your own kind. Where I work it’s all whites and mostly males. We get along fine.

  11. I showed this to the old racist white man and he said, “Man back in the day when I worked at a company that was 80% black and owned and managed by Jews, they would have hung the Jews. Every company picnic was fried chicken, bbq and watermelon.”

  12. The only stereotypes and racism are the ones you bring in yourself.

    The Phoenix Suns mascot is a GORILLA. I’ve been waiting for decades for a black guy to say, “That’s racist!” and have it removed.

  13. Bought a watermelon lately?

    Pretty expensive way to piss off a bunch of hypersensitive racists.

    Fuck em. I hope the guy finds his way to a firehouse that is actually in the business of firefighting rather than posing.

    izlamo delenda est …

  14. I wonder how good the Engine 55 boys are at going their job? How many lives saved/lost in their district would be a good measure.
    The rookie should sue the fire chief and the city.
    Detroit is pretty much burned down anyway. There can’t be too much fire left to fight.

  15. By saying, “…a trial firefighter (probationary employee) engaged in unsatisfactory work behavior which was deemed offensive and racially insensitive to members of the Detroit Fire Department,” they are making the [what to me is the INSANE] claim that RACIAL SENSITIVITY is an integral part of the work requirements of a firefighter.

    I hope this WHITE GUY sues the sh!t out to the entire Fire Department and City!

  16. I’m Irish. If anyone wants to send me a bottle of Jameson as a test. I’ll let you know if it triggers me. The testing will be thorough. Findings may be inconclusive. Further testing may be needed.

  17. watermelon is exclusive, ever seen a china man munching on a watermelon with chopsticks?

    what is the going conversion rate on an IOU from Detroit?

  18. Poor guy was trying to be all inclusive and stuff.
    It was a healthy snack (not Donuts),Nice touch with
    the Pink (Breast Cancer Month) Bow on top. But Nooooo
    He didn’t stand a chance with that bunch. Hope he Sue’s
    ’em.

  19. I’ve probably told this story here before:
    When we were young, the 80’s, my brother was on the high school basketball team. He was good. When he wasn’t on the court, other kids would chant, “Neener, neener, neener, we want the beaner!” We thought it was hilarious and my brother loved it. If someone had ever given us a pot of beans, we would have simply added hot sauce and ate them up.
    What happened to the watermelon? Were they too offended to eat it?

  20. It wasn’t so much the watermelon, but that he ditty-bopped in while saying “weeeel hello daay-a, ma names a Jimbo, I gotsa gallon’a purple drank out inna truck” while in Black Face.

  21. “I was not making any racist overtones,” said the fireman, with a grin, as he ate some Cheetohs and washed it down with grape soda.

    (Actually , I believe the fireman. This firing is ridiculous.)

  22. For 60 years, all I have heard is how offended blacks are at any given action. Trillions of dollars have been thrown at them, they have had first place in schools and jobs. Every effort has been made to push blacks ahead, often at the expense of other races. It seems that all these efforts have little result, in fact blacks seem to have gone backward. Some will point to the fact that a black man was president, yet he was the worst president ever, but this can not be acknowledged as he is black and we can not say any thing bad. It is time to consider our options about means of taking care of our black problem in New methods. Maybe Lincoln had the best idea in expulsion.

  23. Time for this former fireman to hire the most expensive legal team and tell them they 50% of the punitive damages awarded and the rights to the made for TV movie. Then turn them loose on the City of Detroit.

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