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    DETROIT (WJBK) - Earlier this month, 41-year-old Robert Pattison went to introduce himself to his fellow firefighters at Engine 55 at Joy and Southfield in Detroit. Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty calls it a tradition for firefighters.

    "It's not mandatory, it's voluntary," he says. "You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in."

    And Pattison, a probationary firefighter, decided to bring a watermelon wrapped in a pink ribbon. We're told some African-American firefighters were instantly offended, since 90 percent of the people who work at Engine 55 are black.

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

    FOX 2: "Is it racially insensitive to bring a watermelon into a fire house?"

    "To some people," McCarty says.

    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."

    In a world where racial tensions run high, some tell me the trial firefighter should have known better. Trout doesn't know if he meant anything by it - but feels it was a bad choice.

    "For sure by far it was."

    The question is did DFD take it too far?

    FOX 2: "Should he have lost his job over a watermelon?"

    "I don't think so," McCarty says. "Between what he did and what was there are a few things that could have been done."

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    Did any of the black firefighters eat the watermelon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    Did any of the black firefighters eat the watermelon?
    I would have sent that rookie back out to get some fried chicken .

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    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    I would have sent that rookie back out to get some fried chicken .
    OMG....I wonder if it's possible to get chicken delivered there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    OMG....I wonder if it's possible to get chicken delivered there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    OMG....I wonder if it's possible to get chicken delivered there.
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    Let's all order ladder 55 some fried chicken. Say its from Rev Al Sharpton of First Ever Baptist Church Anyplace.


    "some were instantly offended" "90% of the station are African American"

    New guys always get hell. If it was blow instead of watermelon, "some" would give him handjobs in the engine his first day. Same old story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    I would have sent that rookie back out to get some fried chicken .
    And some fire water?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.3D View Post
    And some fire water?

    Excellent idea .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.3D View Post
    And some fire water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    Just don't bring Hennessy...
    oyarde and I have been drinkin Old Grand Dad for years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    Did any of the black firefighters eat the watermelon?
    possibly:

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    He should burn down the firehouse.
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    Do firefighters not like watermelon?.
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    * No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    Do firefighters not like watermelon?.
    They like water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    Do firefighters not like watermelon?.
    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    They like water.
    I've noticed that firemen love cigarettes.

    A carton of Kool's probably would have been acceptable as a gift.
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    Hate to break it to the snowflakes, SJWs, political-correctness Police and leftists, but all kinds of people eat and enjoy watermelon. It is possible this was an honest mistake and not a joke, as claimed by the firefighter in question.
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    It's not the color of a persons skin that bothers me, it's how thin their skin has become, that bothers me.

    People are being offended way too easily these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    Did any of the black firefighters eat the watermelon?
    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    I would have sent that rookie back out to get some fried chicken .
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    possibly:


    Oh man, I am literally LOL at this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.3D View Post
    It's not the color of a persons skin that bothers me, it's how thin their skin has become, that bothers me.

    People are being offended way too easily these days.
    It's pure insanity.
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    Here's the thing: stereotypes are only as funny as their risk to truth ratio (I'm making this up, but I feel like I've heard it before). If a stereotype is true, but it isn't risky to tell, nobody cares. If it is (in some sense) true AND its socially unacceptable to tell, that stereotype isn't going anywhere. If it was never risky to make an off-color joke in mixed company, because the company had learned to grow up, these stereotypes would die in a couple generations. Its the reaction that drives their popularity. When a noobie shows up to work with a watermelon in the company of African Americans, and he gets thrown out because a fraction of them were offended by an unintentional joke, that stereotype is platinum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raginfridus View Post
    Here's the thing: stereotypes are only as funny as their risk to truth ratio (I'm making this up, but I feel like I've heard it before). If a stereotype is true, but it isn't risky to tell, nobody cares. If it is (in some sense) true AND its socially unacceptable to tell, that stereotype isn't going anywhere. If it was never risky to make an off-color joke in mixed company, because the company had learned to grow up, these stereotypes would die in a couple generations. Its the reaction that drives their popularity. When a noobie shows up to work with a watermelon in the company of African Americans, and he gets thrown out because a fraction of them were offended by an unintentional joke, that stereotype is platinum.
    And recently we have seen a proliferation of stereotypes wrt being white and our reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    And recently we have seen a proliferation of stereotypes wrt being white and our reality.
    There are some good ones about huwite peepol. The ones that MSM play up boil down to "if you're white, you're racist" though.

     
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    If I was a firefighter there I would say, "Good," and I would go eat the watermelon all by myself.
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    Ban watermelons?

    Please tell me why I should worship the state (who apparently is the only party that can possess guns without question).

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    I remember seeing a sign once , Hendlers Ice Cream , The Velvet Kind , A Pal for your Palate , Pickanniny Freeze 5 Cents . Eat seeds n' all ( watermelon flavored ) . I would try that some hot summer day .

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    What is a wrt pray tell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamp View Post
    What is a wrt pray tell?
    With regard to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Tell View Post
    With regard to?
    oh ok

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    Damn. Did he grow that melon?

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