Firefighter Fired Over Watermelon Gift Deemed Racist

The 41 year old firefighter, just graduated from the academy told the news he brought it as a nice gesture to meet his new crew. 

He (probationary) was FIRED. The reason why is because he brought a watermelon with a pink bow to a firehouse which is predominantly African American. 

Fire Commissioner Eric Jones had this to say: 

“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 think he should have lost his job?

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