Firefighter fired after bringing watermelon as gift to Detroit firehouse
DETROIT -- It's a tradition at one Detroit firehouse for new firefighters to introduce themselves with a gift for their colleagues -- but one man's gift choice apparently got him fired, according to WJBK. Instead of the usual gift of doughnuts, 41-year-old probationary firefighter Robert Pattison decided to greet his fellow Engine 55 firefighters – most of whom are black – with a large watermelon topped with a pink ribbon.