Classmates Speak Out About Detroit Firefighter Who Was Fired Over Watermelon

Detroit probationary firefighter Robert Pattinson was fired after he brought a watermelon to his fire station for his new co-workers.

Detroit, Michigan – A group of Detroit firefighters showed support for another firefighter who was fired for bringing a watermelon into work as a gift. Ten black firefighters posed for a group photo with Robert Pattinson, and it was was posted on Facebook by one of the black firefighters.

Tadarius Spearman posted the photo Oct. 10 on his Facebook account, according to Fox 2 Detroit TV.

Spearman wrote, “Just want to let everyone know he’s a real amazing dude and it was all good intentions,” Spearman said in his Facebook post. “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."

Fire Commissioner Eric Jones had fired Pattinson, who is 41 years old and white, after he brought the watermelon to his new post at Engine 55.

"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," Jones wrote in a statement to the TV station.

"After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the best course of action was to terminate the employment of this probationary employee."

Pattinson also had overwhelming support on the Fox 2 Detroit Facebook page.

“I’m black and I didn’t see anything wrong with him bringing a [watermelon] to the job,” a Tanesha Michelle Hill posted. “Some people blow the smallest thing up for no reason. Give that man his job back. He have my support 100%.”

“This brother is a really good person,” said a LaVaughn DeAngelo Williams on the Fox 2 Facebook page. “There was no malice in his intent. He is a health nut, who believes that everyone should take care of their bodies and nourishment. I would only suggest getting to know him before throwing out a comment with no basis of knowledge of the individual. We are proud of him, and he is a brother to us regardless of color.”

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Cindylou
Cindylou

!tlycorrec post an'tC

Cindylou
Cindylou

!up Messed

Cindylou
Cindylou

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Cindylou
Cindylou

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Cindylou
Cindylou

messed Up

Cindylou
Cindylou

did this wardsBack

Cindylou
Cindylou

?????

Cindylou
Cindylou

give Up

DARTHVADER
DARTHVADER

This is one of the stupidest reasons for some one getting fired.

AZTom
AZTom

I hope he has the ability to appeal. Pretty sad that those offended have all the power!

Pastorruss
Pastorruss

Snowflakes looking for a reason to stir up trash because they want to get their feelings hurt. I would not want to work for a Dept that is so sad and afraid of certain employees.

needmore-annette
needmore-annette

They are a R E T A R D bunch. a watermelon for real, may be he should have got a fifth of MD 20 20 and put in it , made some watermelon wine lol

JazzyCat
JazzyCat

Please rethink your rash decision to fire this individual without just cause. A watermelon is not racist. It is green and enjoyed by many. During the hotter months , watermelons are eaten two or three times a week. Apparently YOU are the racist one to deem the watermelon violated civil rights. Arrest it and lock it up. But leave this man alone. He did nothing wrong. Hire him back with his lost pay. God forbid a job is lost over a watermelon. Guess the whole lot of them will lose their jobs dare they ever eat fried chicken.

ConcreteJoe
ConcreteJoe

mmm watermelon - I like a big slice after eating a couple pieces of fried chicken. I should be fired.

LareBear
LareBear

Watermelon is not a typical solid food as it contains more than 90% water, providing essential fluids the body needs during a cleanse. The remainder of the food is fiber which helps clean away buildup in the intestines, thus reducing toxic stressors. Watermelon is also a diuretic, encouraging urine flow that aids the removal of toxins from the kidneys. The high potassium content helps break down kidney stones so wastes can be removed through normal urination. The potassium content of watermelon contributes to lowering blood pressure, an important aspect of kidney health. Foods like watermelon and certain herbal supplements can help the body remove toxins and improve the effectiveness of the cleanse of the kidneys. Thank you very much, is there another underlying cause for the mistreatment of DFF Robert Pattinson.

RevC
RevC

I've said many times that

RevC
RevC

...we are reaching the pinnacle of stupidity with trying to be politically correct. This certainly helps prove my point! I live in Texas and would be happy receiving a watermelon for a gift!

Jman
Jman

I still don't understand why a watermelon being brought in caused a firing. I guess I can't think stupid. Fire chief needs to be ordered to take a class for his overly sensitive views towards watermelons.

Jman
Jman

Where's the NAACP at?

The-other-Chuck
The-other-Chuck

It seems to be a great deal of wasted tax payer money in the training of this firefighter. Maybe somebody in management can pull their heads out of the dark, stinky place and put this man back to work. Man up, admit you misjudged and move forward.

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redbear
redbear

Totally ridiculous. If that was the only issue then he should be reinstated immediately.

Brigitte
Brigitte

Sure hope the chief doesn't raid the refrigerator of a burning building first....to determine if the occupant has racist food in it before he allows the fire to be put out. Let's just segregate our foods at the grocery store to eliminate confusion in the future!

docann
docann

That's as stupid as the complaint that was made against a fire captain here in Dallas several years ago. There was a 4-alarm fire in August, and several firefighters were experiencing heat exhaustion and cramps. The temperature was already over 100 degrees and in their heavy gear, they were losing too much potassium. The captain went to a nearby Whole Foods and bought bunches of bananas for them. A black firefighter complained that the captain was trying to mock him and classifying him as a "jungle bunny". He actually filed a lawsuit against the city and the NAACP got involved. Here in TX, watermelons are a staple at fire stations in the summer due to extreme and prolonged heat.

PearlyMae
PearlyMae

Give the man his job back.

educator_51
educator_51

....does this mean anyone who brings a watermelon to their job from now on is going to be banned??? and if he had brought pears that would have been fine? - although, goodness knows, people might have thought that was a really strange choice to bring in...non-political, but strange...