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Probationary firefighter fired for bringing a watermelon to work
10/09/17 at 16:56:20
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A 41-year-old probationary firefighter has been fired after his first day on the job because he brought a watermelon to work.

Robert Pattison went to introduce himself to his fellow firefighters and, as was the tradition at the firehouse, brought some food to share. But while most rookie firefighters brought donuts, Pattison brought a watermelon. Some of the black firefighters, who make up about 90% of the station, said they were offended by the act and the Detroit Fire Department decided to fire the probie.


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Reply #1 - 10/09/17 at 18:06:23
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So foods are racist? 

Watermelon is off limits now?  I guess fried chicken is next.

I hardly think someone on probation would deliberately provoke a situation.  Now we are supposed to think about what food we bring?

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Reply #3 - 10/09/17 at 19:30:05
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I literally had to google to work out what some people might think is wrong with a watermelon. Genuine question, would Americans in general know that some argue that a watermelon is a racist symbol? I.e. did this guy have any chance of knowing it might be a problem?
  
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Crackers and cheese are ok?
  
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Re: Probationary firefighter fired for bringing a watermelon to work
Reply #5 - 10/09/17 at 21:58:54
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darroll wrote on 10/09/17 at 19:30:47:
Crackers and cheese are ok?


Hey leave my crackers and cheese alone....

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newt2008 wrote on 10/09/17 at 21:58:54:
Hey leave my crackers and cheese alone....

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Hey leave my watermelon alone.   Grin
  

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Re: Probationary firefighter fired for bringing a watermelon to work
Reply #7 - 10/10/17 at 01:42:06
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All of this food sounds good. After we have had our fill we can wash up in my Dove soap. Ooops... Shocked that's racist now too.
  
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Re: Probationary firefighter fired for bringing a watermelon to work
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Fishman wrote on 10/10/17 at 01:42:06:
All of this food sounds good. After we have had our fill we can wash up in my Dove soap. Ooops... Shocked that's racist now too.


I have seen and read about this.  I still don't get the problem.  Must be people LOOKING to be offended.

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Re: Probationary firefighter fired for bringing a watermelon to work
Reply #9 - 10/10/17 at 07:48:07
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darroll wrote on 10/09/17 at 19:30:47:
Crackers and cheese are ok?


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