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Firefighter fired over Obama toilet tissue

The firefighter was cited for insubordination for previously making political statements on city property

The Lawton Constitution 

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Placing toilet paper imprinted with President Barack Obama's face in a fire station has led to a Florida firefighter's termination.

It was Clint Pierce's third instance of posting political paraphernalia on city property and a violation of a direct order to cease and desist from such behavior, according to city records. He had until 5 p.m. Friday to turn in his badge.

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Tom Kelly Tom Kelly Sunday, December 02, 2012 2:08:45 PM as firefighters we are above this type of behavior.
Robert Christian Robert Christian Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:36:24 PM Twice warned, and continued to do the same "actions" again? I have no sympathy for this Firefighter, he clearly violated SOP/SOG's of PBFD, and if he created a "Divided House", then he also was impeding the morale and cohesiveness of the unit. When I was in the U.S. Army, you were subject to a Court martial, under the UCMJ if you were displaying this type of behavior. To me, this is definitely "Conduct Unbecoming", especially since it took place, while; On Duty, In Uniform, and In Station, and after haveing been told twice before to "Cease & Desist" this type of activity. This is definitely not a "Freedom of Speech" issue, as another brother Firefighter, tried to tell me earlier, when we read this article. Also, as I was always told by my fathter, a Marine Corps veteran, "just because you have the right to 'Freedom of Speech", does not mean there will not be consequences for doing so..." Personally, whether you like or dislike the President of the United States, you should still show respect for the office and the office holder. Besides, you are always free to renounce your U.S. Citizenship, and move to another country, if you dislike this one so much.
Wm Boyd Howell Wm Boyd Howell Monday, December 03, 2012 6:17:48 PM If it was his personal views, fine; keep it out of the firehouse. Good call on the chief's part. Sad that a 19 year career has to spoiled for something this stupid.
David P Strawn David P Strawn Monday, December 03, 2012 7:58:52 PM Get a life, firefighters are not above political views. Seems like his "Freedom of speech" means nothing!
David P Strawn David P Strawn Monday, December 03, 2012 8:00:29 PM Respect must be shown to the office, none is automatic for the IDIOT who holds it!
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Wednesday, December 05, 2012 4:54:19 PM At first I had it in my head that someone needed to loosen up. But finding out that he has been confronted about similar things in the past and instructed to stop it but did it again, then it made sense why he was fired. Why would he be compelled to keep doing something that he knows is wrong? Putting up toilet paper is NOT an expression of speech. It's just a tasteless, immature stunt. Like it or not, we have Obama for the next four years, for better or worse. I'll be the first to admit that I've been with some services that would be condsidered more relaxed than some other services, but there is no execuse for out right insubordination. That's where this guy crossed the line.
Saturday, December 08, 2012 12:59:06 PM David P Strawn Yes, respect should be shown to the office. Unfortunately, we have an idiot in office who has not shown respect & deserves no respect himself.
Rhonda Minor Rhonda Minor Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:42:02 PM I still say, even if he had been warned for previous actions, he was entitled to his own opinion. Tons of people hate Obama. That is just fact. Why isn't this man allowed to voice his opinion of the job Obama has done, since being elected. I think he has failed this country too. I was shocked when the USA had it's credit rating dropped, for the first time in history. I could go on and on about his failed efforts, such as Obama care, that sure as hell has done NOTHING for my dying daughter! I wish I had a few rolls of that toilet paper too. I sure as hell would use it! Sure, it may be considered disrespectful to the office of president, to that I will agree, but the person holding that office has done nothing but make the USA a laughing stock, ruining it more and more, day by day. So using toilet paper with his image may be a joke in a way, but it's also a statement that we citizens are totally fed up with the crap this man has done to our country, it's finances, and for sure it's medical care! I really don't give a damn if I am being politically correct, or following the proper way of doing things in what I am saying. I want him out of office so bad, that words cannot describe. He is destroying the country I love and was born in. So yeah, I applaud the firefighter in wiping his bum with paper with the images of the person that has been nothing but crap to this country!

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