Wayne County Fires Worker For Doing The Right Thing

There seems to be a real nutcase lurking somewhere in the head offices of Wayne County (Michigan) Department of Public Services.

Wayne County Worker Fired after Finding Gun on the Job [Fox 2 Detroit]

Detroit groundskeeper fired after finding loaded gun, handing it to cops [Fox News]

There’s more than one reason to get this gun out of the grass.  I don’t know exactly where this was, but at least in many places, potentially kids could get to it and a tragedy could happen.  Or the gun could have been ingested by a mowing machine and caused injury or death to any of the nearby works.  And maybe this gun was important evidence in a crime.

So what did WCDPS management want the worker to do?  Just leave it there and let the risks (greater because they are there mowing) stay?  Would they want them to just mow around the gun and leave a patch of tall grass that might attract more attention (kids wondering why that patch was left behind).  Or maybe they just wanted them to stop mowing and do nothing until the police show up, wasting taxpayer dollars?

Basically, this is a no-win situation for the worker that was fired (and the supervisor that was suspended for 30 days).  This is because the county policy is incomplete and FAILS to address this kind of situation.  I’m not going to say “heads need to roll in WCDPS management” because very possibly only one manager made this incredibly stupid decision.  So “at least one head needs to roll”.  That manager is the one that should be fired.

I’m sure quite many attorneys in Detroit City would love to take his case, some maybe for free.  That means even more taxpayer dollars lost because of an incompetent manager.

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