DETROIT, Mich. (KWCH) A firefighter in Detroit was fired for offensive and racially insensitive behavior after bringing a watermelon to his new firehouse. (reports FOX NEWS )
41-year-old Robert Pattison brought a watermelon topped with a pink bow as a gift for the station, which is mostly made up of African American members?
It is a tradition at Engine 55 at Joy and Southfield in Detroit to bring a gift to introduce yourself.
Some firefighters were instantly offended by the gesture because of the stereotype involving African-Americans and watermelons.
In a statement to WJBK-TV, Pattison says the watermelon was not meant to be offensive, but the fire Commissioner disagreed
He fired Pattison after a thorough investigation into the incident.