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    Michigan Worker Fired After Turning In Gun Found On The Job

    Sometimes it doesn't pay to do the right thing. Just ask John Chevilott, a former public-works employee in Wayne County, Mich., who earlier this month found a loaded, snubnosed revolver while mowing grass in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, turned it in and was promptly fired.
    "It was damaged, so it could've went off. Surprisingly, it didn't kill the guy on the mower," he told Detroit TV station WJBK. Chevilott (pictured at left) said the crew was waiting for Detroit police to swing by and pick up the gun, but they never showed.

    So the veteran employee of the Department of Public Services did what he thought was the right thing: Finished the job and then turned the gun into police later the same evening.
    Police told Chevilott he did the right thing by getting the gun off the streets, he said. A check revealed that it had been stolen from a nearby suburb in 2005.
    Where he ran into trouble is with his superiors, who saw things rather differently.
    A Wayne County spokeswoman told WJBK that according to department rules employees aren't allowed to possess a weapon on work property. Link

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    But if he left the gun there and a kid found it and killed themselves, then what?
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    ... and they wonder why people don't like Detroit? The logic is amazing!
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    City, county, state, fed ... dont you just love govt bureaucrats?
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    A Wayne County spokeswoman told WJBK that according to department rules employees aren't allowed to possess a weapon on work property.
    ....uhh, what?

    It seems like they could get a better spokeswoman. The crap she said is what the lawyer for the employee will point to, to get his job back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    ....uhh, what?

    It seems like they could get a better spokeswoman. The crap she said is what the lawyer for the employee will point to, to get his job back.
    Either that or sue the city for wrongful termination and a payday big enough he never has to work again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txradioguy View Post
    Either that or sue the city for wrongful termination and a payday big enough he never has to work again.
    That should tip the scales to put Detroit in a bigger funk than they are now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by txradioguy View Post
    Either that or sue the city for wrongful termination and a payday big enough he never has to work again.
    I don't know about Michigan or Detroit in particular, but generally unless there's a sound prohibited discrimination case involved, all winning does is get you your job back with back pay plus attorney's fees. When a vested pension is at stake, it's definitely worth it, of course...also avoiding the stigma of a termination for cause in this horrible Obama economy.
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