Saturday, May 19, 2012

Poor guy, he did all he could

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.

Right, because why call the cops immediately in case they're looking for a murder weapon?  

No reason to get our panties all in a wad about finding a loaded gun ... I mean, peeps lose loaded guns in the weeds all the time.  You know how it is, you're walking along and all of a sudden a five-pound piece of metal just jumps out of your pocket and you never notice ... we've all been there.

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.

He says the cops ran the gun and discovered the weapon had been stolen from St. Clair Shores in 2005.

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

And what were they supposed to say?  They probably can't say what they were thinking lest ye be embarrassed or insulted.
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.

Oh, this makes plenty of sense, doesn't it?  I have no further questions your honor, my mind is satisfied.

Chevilott says he didn't bring a weapon to work. He found it on the job.

"There is no policy. I've never seen a policy what to do if we find a gun out here. So, all I did was secure the situation to make sure nobody else got hurt or killed."

From foxnews:

Mmmmm, hmmm.  Sorry, not sure I'm buying the story.

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