Perhaps this incident should be filed under “stupidity” especially within this PC world, where being offended regardless of the subject matter is a prerequisite for the progressive establishment, which begs the question what was Robert Pattison thinking?

Obviously, the 41-year old firefighter recruit has some issues regarding his critical thinking skills when he actually brought a watermelon wrapped in a pink ribbon introducing himself to his new firefighter colleagues within the firehouse which is almost 90% African-American.

Pattison brought the watermelon to the Engine Company-55, Second Battalion located at Joy and Southfield, in Detroit last month, as a traditional offering when a new firefighter comes on board.

Chief Shawn McCarty calls it a tradition for firefighters stating, "It's not mandatory, its voluntary, you come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in."

However when Pattison showed up with the gift-wrapped watermelon at the firehouse the anticipated response by the black firefighters was predictable.

Patrick Trout a firefighter at Company-55 said: "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."

And indeed it was!

In an interview with local affiliate FOX 2, Fire Commissioner Eric Jones says the Fenton native was officially discharged, after speaking with Pattison by phone, who claims it was not a joke, and didn’t mean to offend his fellow firefighters, which once again calls into question Pattison’s critical thinking skills, in that his gesture was obviously offensive to most individuals regardless of race, and calls into question his ability to think critically within a dangerous situation as a firefighter.

After being let go, Commissioner Jones issued the following 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, it was determined that the best course of action was to terminate the employment of this probationary employee."

Do you believe that Pattison was aware that bringing a gift-wrapped watermelon might be extremely offensive to a number of black firefighters?

Source: Fox-5 NY

 
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