A Michigan firefighter decided to bring a watermelon with him to his first day on the job as a “gift” for his new coworkers, but he was quickly fired for the so-called “racist” gesture. Come to find out, 90% of the employees in the fire station are black, and because of this, the gift was deemed offensive. Some of those same firefighters have since come forward a few days later – and now, the new recruit has been left utterly shocked by what they had to say.
Mad World News previously reported on 41-year-old Robert Pattinson after he was fired just one day into his new job. As it turns out, the man was stationed at Detroit’s Engine 55 firehouse, where 90% of those working there are black, and apparently, that should have affected the food choices he made when sharing items with his new coworkers.
When new hires are brought onto the Second Battalion in Detroit, Michigan, they are introduced to a time-honored tradition of presenting their co-workers with a gift, usually a food item to share. Unfortunately, now that leftist identity politics are out in full force, certain foods are now apparently too racist for white people to be allowed to eat.
Following the firehouse’s tradition to bring something to share, Pattinson picked up a watermelon and brought it along. Unfortunately for him, there was an immediate backlash as a few people read into things a bit more than they should have.
Seeing how most people inside were black, some quickly thought that Pattinson’s gift was offensive and derogatory in nature. Despite the fact that it wasn’t and was just a sincere act of kindness, he was fired on the spot by Fire Commissioner Eric Jones, who said they have a “zero tolerance” policy for that sort of thing.
“It’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary,” Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty said. “You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in.” However, he also went on to say that you know what you’re getting into when you’re recruited and that “you would have to say it was probably a bad call.”
However, it seems that not everyone agrees with Jones’ or McCarty’s assessment as a few of the black firefighters have recently come forward just a few days after Pattinson’s termination to offer their own response. As it turns out, Tadarius Spearman decided to stick up for the fired firefighter on social media, as Breitbart reports.
“Just want to let everyone know he’s a real amazing dude and it was all good intentions,” he wrote, according to Fox 2. “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.” He also attached a picture of himself standing in unity with Pattinson with several other black firefighters by this side.
Unfortunately, what this looks like is your typical “squeaky wheel gets the oil” situation. One person was offended by a kind-hearted and sincere gesture, so the “offender” has got to go. Despite the fact that several people in the same facility didn’t view it that way and are now saying that they don’t believe Pattinson meant it in a negative way, the fire company still fired the white guy over the butthurt of a select few, assuming his intentions.
He brought a gift. He spent his own money and decided to pass along something he thought everyone would enjoy. In matters like this – when intentions may not be clear – asking a simple question can save everyone a lot of stress.
As long as Pattinson wasn’t being blatantly racist, management should have asked him about his choice and trusted him at his word. After all, it looks like that’s exactly what his fellow firefighters are doing, and they’re right for doing so.
When subordinates have the common sense for something like this, while management flies off the handle and fires someone on the spot, that makes the higher ups look like the idiots – not the other way around. The one or two offended rarely ever speak for the entire group – and heck, maybe Pattinson has a wrongful termination lawsuit on his hands because of this.