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May 22 2012

Fired for Handing Over Gun to Police

You know you live under tyranny when the only thing you can do to escape the wrath of authorities is keep your head so far down they don’t notice you. Any nail that stands up will get hammered down in the name of zero tolerance:

A Detroit groundskeeper, who turned in a loaded handgun he found hidden in weeds while working, was fired by the Wayne County Department of Public Services, reports.

John Chevilott, who is just two years shy of retirement, found the loaded snub-nosed revolver on May 3 when he and his crew were mowing a lawn in Wayne County. Chevilott secured the gun, waiting for police to drive by so he could hand it over to them.

But, according to the station, the Detroit police never did pass by, so Chevilott finished his work that day, drove the gun home and later that same evening turned it into his local police department. …

“They said I did the right thing getting it off the street,” Chevilott told

However, Chevilott’s superiors at the Wayne County Department of Public Services had a much different opinion. His foreman, who had knowledge of the situation, was suspended for 30 days, and after 23 years on the job, Chevilott was fired for violating department policies.

According to a Wayne County spokeswoman and the rules, employees aren’t allowed to possess a weapon on work property.

The idea of law-abiding citizens even temporarily having the ability to defend themselves will cause some bureaucrats to go ballistic.

On a tip from G. Fox.

13 Responses to “Fired for Handing Over Gun to Police”

  1. Winston Smith says:

    Since Wayne County possessed the gun on county property before the guy possessed it, then all officials should be fired as well for allowing a gun on county property.

  2. Henry says:

    Jackpot! The settlement will likely be more than his pension would be…

  3. 70Stage1 says:

    “Zero tolerance, diversity and inclusion, compliance, etc.” Buzzwords to keep corporate America safe from lawsuit happy, bottom feeding plaintiff attorneys.
    I’d have to do a headcheck, reverse my mindset & hire one in this case. Good grief, common sense thrown out the window….again.
    Oh, and having that rule that no employee can “possess” a firearm on company property. That always stops the genuinely crazy employee, or irate crazy customer. Again, the unarmed, law abiding people pay the price in the name of compliance.

  4. Spider says:

    “Political correctness is a far greater threat to our freedom and liberty than is terrorism…”

  5. dan says:

    No guns for County Mounties and city police….
    zero means ZEROE

  6. Geeknerd says:

    Great, now every thug in Detroit knows that all Wayne County Department of Public Services work crews are completely unarmed. Now there’ll be a rash of work crew robberies, especially those that don’t see a cop all day long.

  7. whotothewhat says:

    Public Service Employee? Union? Thrown under the bus?

  8. Geeknerd says:

    In the Liberal universe, various moonbat ideas compeat. In this case, gun grabbing trumps union. In the Trayvon Martin/Sen~or Jorge Zimmerman fiasco, black victimhood trumps Latino victimhood.

    The worst example is that Islam trumps feminism, because the former can destroy America a lot faster than the latter.

  9. Sarge says:

    Zero tolerance strikes again, supervision has no need to think just follow the rules and their jobs are safe.

  10. Profiler says:

    Wait… WHAT?!?!?!

  11. born in 76 says:

    Wayne county is in a fiscal nightmare spiraling even more out of control day by day. More than likely some higher up seen a possible opportunity to eliminate not only a yearly income but also a fat pension.

    Reap what you sow.

  12. big-pete says:

    Next time the (loaded) gun will simply be displaced somewhere were an unsuspecting child might find it. Great job, bureaucrats. I hope you and your children live in that neighborhood.

  13. smg45acp says:

    So the minute he picked it up he was worthy of being fired.
    But leaving it there would have been unquestionably irresponsible.
    If he would have stopped what he was doing and waited for the police he would have not been working and could have gotten in trouble for that. It could have taken hours for the police to show up.
    I don’t see any scenario where this guy could have won and done the right thing.
    I hope they trace the gun to several murders and the guy turning the gun into the police breaks the case and puts a thug behind bars.
    Maybe that will inject a silver of common sense into this case.

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