What’s a guy to do when he finds a gun on a lawn while he’s employed to mow that piece of yard? One man says he was fired from Wayne County in Michigan because he found a gun and turned it in to police. He says there’s no policy in that county on what to do if you find a gun on the job, but it would seem an odd reward to terminate employment for doing so.
John tells MyFoxDetroit.com he found the gun in the weeds, a snubnosed revolver, as he and his crew were mowing a lawn on May 3.
“It was damaged, so it could’ve went off. Surprisingly, it didn’t kill the guy on the mower,” he explained. “It got picked up, so we put [it] in the van, waited [for] police to drive by.”
Since the police never came by, he finished work, took the gun home and then later that night, turned it in to local cops. They discovered the weapon had been stolen in 2005 and told him he’d done the right thing getting it off the street, says John.
His supervisors at the Department of Public Services didn’t think so, however. His foreman was suspended for 30 days and John was fired for violating department policies, after 23 years on the job.
A spokesman for Wayne County says employees aren’t allowed to possess a weapon on work property.
John insists he never brought a weapon to work, because he found it there. He was also let go for insubordination and unauthorized access to the road yard, and says he’s fighting all three accusations.
“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.”
*Thanks for the tip, Justin!
Wayne County Worker Fired after Finding Gun on the Job [MyFoxDetroit.com]