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Detroit Firefighter Fired for Bringing ‘Racially Insensitive’ Watermelon to Work

By Katherine Rodriguez | 8 Oct 2017

A Detroit firefighter was fired before he officially began his first day on the job for bringing a watermelon to work.

Robert Pattison, 41, introduced himself to his fellow firefighters at Engine 55 at the corner of Joy and Southfield in Detroit by bringing a welcome gift, WJBK reported.

Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty calls this welcome gift “a tradition” for Engine 55’s firefighters.

“It’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary,” he said. “You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in.”

Pattison, who was a probationary firefighter, decided to stand out from the crowd and bring a watermelon with a pink bow on top.

Some black firefighters were reportedly offended by Pattison’s gesture since 90 percent of the firefighters at Engine 55 are black.

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Crippling bacterial infection sweeps Flint, Michigan because residents are too scared to bathe in lead-infected water and use baby wipes instead

Daily Mail
By Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com | Published: 11:05 EST, 4 October 2016 | Updated: 15:51 EST, 4 October 2016

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Flint, Michigan, has confirmed an outbreak of a highly infectious bacterial disease – caused by residents being too scared to bathe in lead-contaminated water.

So far 53 residents in Flint have contracted shigellosis – a virus that causes bloody diarrhea, fever, and nausea. It is usually the result of poor hygiene. A total of 84 cases have been recorded in Genesee County.

It is the latest health crisis to hit the city two years after lead contaminated the water system, leaving scores of residents with potentially life-long side effects.

City health officials claim it is the direct result of residents being too scared to wash themselves with possibly contaminated water. Officials say that instead, they are washing themselves with free baby wipes handed out at rescue centers set up to provide bottled water following the 2014 lead contamination of the town’s water supply.
 
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ISIS Plot To Shoot Up A Detroit Megachurch Revealed As ‘Christianophobia’ Spreads Across America

From End of the American Dream
By Michael Snyder, on February 7th, 2016

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If you are a Christian, you better brace yourself for great persecution. It has gotten very little attention from the mainstream media, but federal authorities have uncovered an ISIS plot to “shoot up” a Detroit megachurch. 21-year-old Khalil Abu-Rayyan of Dearborn Heights, Michigan told authorities that he actually intended to take a gun into a very large church in Detroit that can seat up to 6,000 people and start killing Christians. He has been charged with supporting the Islamic States and with “illegally having a firearm while using a controlled substance”. Abu-Rayyan actually admitted that since he can’t be part of the jihad in the Middle East, that he would “do my jihad over here”.  As I have warned so many times before, ISIS terrorists are already here, and what we have seen so far is just the beginning.
 
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Spooks among the squeegees! Terror in the car wash as unsuspecting drivers ride into a Halloween nightmare

By James Gordon | Published: 21:34 EST, 24 October 2014 | Updated: 08:35 EST, 25 October 2014

A group of unsuspecting drivers from Detroit who thought they were simply getting their cars washed may have needed the interiors cleaned also, after being subjected to a terrifying car wash!

The drivers and their passengers who knew nothing of the early Halloween prank believed everything was in order as their cars began to work up a soapy lather – until the lights went off.

Within seconds, eerie flashing red and green lights began to fill the car wash cavern as zombies and deranged axe-men began banging on the side of their vehicles and hammering at the windows.

Many of the passengers who passed through were so scared they locked the doors, placed their head in their hands and screamed.

But they forgot one crucial thing – in a car wash, nobody can hear you scream!

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Ford created a new Halloween ad featuring people who thought they were on their way to a test drive. Instead, they were ambushed by creepy Halloween masks among the squeegees
 
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Police tell Detroiters to buy guns in city riven by race issues and crime

From The Guardian
By     |    Sunday 17 August 2014 12.00 EDT

City police chief has encouraged residents to arm themselves as stark racial disparities in ‘shoot first’ laws become clear

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Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city.

His words have not fallen on deaf ears.

Patricia Champion, a 63-year-old lifelong Detroiter, a grandmother and retired educator, decided to get her concealed pistol license – a CPL – two years ago after her son said he was increasingly worried for her safety. Champion, a resident of northwest Detroit, mostly keeps her gun, a 9mm Glock 19 that set her back $600, in her house.

“That’s why I got it: because I’m going to be in the house. Now, if somebody chooses to come in and I didn’t invite you, between the Glock and the dog, you’re gone. If one doesn’t get you, the other one will.”

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The Death And Decay Of Detroit, As Seen From The Streets

From InfoWars
By Zero Hedge | June 8, 2014


 
With the stock market hitting record highs day after day, it is easy to move on and forget that one of American’s once premier cities, Detroit, has been bankrupt for nearly a year. But out of mind doesn’t mean out of sight, especially now that Google has launched its street view Time Machine, which provides for 7 years worth of street images, capturing the time shift of the tumultuous period period starting in 2007. One blogger who decided to take this time lapse data and apply it to the city of Detroit is GooBing Detroit who, as the following time-lapse photos demonstrate, has captured Detoit’s unprecedented slow-motion collapse into death and decay in what is the closest we have to “real time.”

Perhaps what is most stunning about the following series of photos is not the ultimate fate of the bankrupt city, but how quickly a once vibrant metropolis has succumbed to blight and sheer desperation.

Hopefully not coming to a street near you.

All photos from the Goobingdetroit tumblr depict various areas and streets in Detroit, then and now.
 
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Detroit motorists under siege in ‘Carjack City’

Associated Press
By COREY WILLIAMS  |  23 May 2014

Cracking Down on Armed Robbers in ‘Carjack City’

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DETROIT (AP) — When they pull up to a gas station these days, Detroit drivers are looking beyond the price per gallon at a far more threatening concern: carjackers.

The armed auto thieves have become so common here that parts of the bankrupt metropolis are referred to as “Carjack City,” and many motorists fear getting out of their vehicles even for a few moments to fill a tank.

So gas stations are taking steps to protect customers, and the city has formed a special police team to go after suspects. Convicted carjackers will even get their faces and prison sentences plastered onto billboards.
 
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