Robert Pattison, 41, showed up at Engine 55 in Detroit bearing the gift of fruit as a way to introduce himself to the crew. Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty, who is black, said Pattison was following a tradition at the firehouse of bringing in gifts as the new guy.
“It's not mandatory, it's voluntary," McCarty said. "You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring in whatever you want to bring in."
Ninety percent of the firefighters at Engine 55 are black, according to Fox 2, which made the gift appear to be an odd choice.
"When you get your first detail at a firehouse you pretty much know what you are getting yourself into," said firefighter Patrick Trout, who is not black. "So you would have to say it was probably a bad call."
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