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Detroit groundskeeper fired after finding loaded gun, handing it to cops
FoxNews.com ^ | May 15, 2012

Posted on 05/15/2012 3:57:33 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

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, MyFoxDetroit.com 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.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: banglist; govtabuse; rapeofliberty; waynecounty

1 posted on 05/15/2012 3:57:38 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Eric Holder’s people love zero tolerance because it enables them to even the score with non-Eric Holder’s people.


2 posted on 05/15/2012 3:59:00 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

After he wins the lawsuit, John Chevilott will not have to worry about his retirement. But those who fired him will.


3 posted on 05/15/2012 4:00:56 PM PDT by sourcery (If true=false, then there would be no constraints on what is possible. Hence, the world exists.)
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...
Did one of you guys lose something?

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4 posted on 05/15/2012 4:00:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The guy in the photo looks like he’s 20 or more years shy of retirement age. His union stew will have him back on the payroll by tomorrow with a big pay raise for such an outrageous discharge.


5 posted on 05/15/2012 4:06:29 PM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

No good deed goes unpunished.


6 posted on 05/15/2012 4:06:48 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Went to the Fox News Detroit site and read the comments - those people are on fire and RED HOT!

Wayne County has screwed-up royally on this issue. Not one kind word for the bureaucrats who fired Mr.Cheviott. All of the comments say the fired employee, with only two years left before retirement, should sue the county.

Mr.Cheviott probably saved a child from picking up a loaded gun, and who knows! That gun may have been used in the commission of a crime.


7 posted on 05/15/2012 4:09:01 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You can bet the next groundskeeper who finds a handgun will quietly pocket it and keep on mowin’. Maybe later on even trade it for a few bucks later on.


8 posted on 05/15/2012 4:10:15 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Interestingly enough, police said he did the right thing.

Sounds like the union screwed one of their own to eliminate those coming retirement costs.


9 posted on 05/15/2012 4:11:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SatinDoll

They fired him because they did not want to pay his retirement i’ll bet...


10 posted on 05/15/2012 4:14:25 PM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

His boss, his boss’s boss and his boss’s boss’s boss should all be fired and stripped of pension rights. Three levels of management morons.


11 posted on 05/15/2012 4:16:36 PM PDT by samtheman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc)
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To: ColdSteelTalon

That was also mentioned in most of the comments.


12 posted on 05/15/2012 4:17:56 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: samtheman

His immediate boss was suspended for 3 days for knowing about it and not doing anything about it.


13 posted on 05/15/2012 4:19:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

The union is supporting Mr.Cheviott. It is in the article.


14 posted on 05/15/2012 4:19:03 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: shove_it
The guy in the photo looks like he’s 20 or more years shy of retirement age.

That was my thought as well until I realized that, since he works for a government agency, he can probably retire at a younger age than people working in the private sector can.

15 posted on 05/15/2012 4:20:57 PM PDT by Bob
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To: samtheman

His boss was suspended for 30 days. It’s his boss’s boss and above..


16 posted on 05/15/2012 4:22:29 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: SatinDoll
And the irony...is when he sues. The citizen's of the county/state will have to pay ALL the fines, judgments, fee's, etc....

And no politician, bureaucrat, or city/state employee will suffer any monetary damage or lose their job.

17 posted on 05/15/2012 4:26:30 PM PDT by Osage Orange (God is my Co-Pilot.)
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To: cripplecreek
Sounds like the union screwed one of their own to eliminate those coming retirement costs.

On the job for 23 years, his pension benefits are vested and can't be lost. Somebody screwed up royally in firing him. He'll come out of this smelling like a rose.

18 posted on 05/15/2012 4:26:37 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Romney vs. Obama? One of them has to lose, I'll rejoice in that fact, whichever it is.)
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To: SatinDoll

Yeah Detroit is broke.


19 posted on 05/15/2012 4:28:16 PM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: ColdSteelTalon

See # 18.


20 posted on 05/15/2012 4:28:28 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Romney vs. Obama? One of them has to lose, I'll rejoice in that fact, whichever it is.)
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To: SatinDoll

The union says they’re supporting him but I can’t see how things got this far without the union allowing it. I spent enough years in the AFL-CIO to know that firing is something that happens eventually if at all.

As my postmistress has discovered, union support is pretty shaky if you aren’t one of their urban ideologues. They talk a big game but will turn right around and screw them.


21 posted on 05/15/2012 4:32:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

He touched it! He’s got cooties!


22 posted on 05/15/2012 4:33:49 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Lawyers are salivating as I type. That bureaucrap is in deeper trouble than he knows.


23 posted on 05/15/2012 4:37:32 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Osage Orange
Meanwhile, 70 miles west here in Jackson county....

Jackson County committee OKs policy to allow employees to carry guns at work(MI)
24 posted on 05/15/2012 4:39:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Because of this stupidity the next employe to find a gun, see a crime in progress, etc. will most likely ignore it.


25 posted on 05/15/2012 4:50:12 PM PDT by matt04
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
WOW....this guy is popular. Dinah Shore even sang a song about him:

♪♪♪ See the USA in your Chevrolet ♪♪♪

♪♪ America is asking you to call ♪♪♪

♪♪♪ Drive your Chevrolet through the USA ♪

♪ America's the greatest land of all ♪♪♪

huh....what...ugh.....oh....ok.... damn... never mind. I misread his name. He's Mr. Chevilott...not Mr. Chevrolet. DUH

26 posted on 05/15/2012 4:51:52 PM PDT by jmax (Ahhhh...life is so frigging good in the obama nation.)
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To: jmax

Have you taken your meds today?


27 posted on 05/15/2012 5:07:24 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I can’t believe a city gives a pension to someone for mowing grass for 25 years!


28 posted on 05/15/2012 5:16:14 PM PDT by Bizhvywt
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To: cripplecreek

Sounds like the union I used to belong to years ago. They took my money but never provided any support. All I was ever told was, “Don’t rock the boat!”.


29 posted on 05/15/2012 5:20:25 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: Bizhvywt

I can’t believe the guy didn’t halt work, call the police, and then have his crew hang out at time-and-a-half sitting around the gun to “secure” the area for the 4 hours it would have taken the cops to respond.


30 posted on 05/15/2012 5:21:37 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

31 posted on 05/15/2012 5:25:12 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Bizhvywt

dude


32 posted on 05/15/2012 5:25:50 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (I am the margin of error.)
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To: Bizhvywt
I can’t believe a city gives a pension to someone for mowing grass for 25 years!

Everybody wants their only little government-funded Ponzi scheme.

33 posted on 05/15/2012 5:38:50 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
According to a Wayne County spokeswoman and the rules, employees aren't allowed to possess a weapon on work property.

What a bunch of idiots!

34 posted on 05/15/2012 5:50:24 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Goes to my long-held premise that no matter how serious or dire the situation seems, it can always be made worse by adding a cop.

If I found a loaded firearm, it would quietly go into my collection.

35 posted on 05/15/2012 5:52:47 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: rawhide
>>> "Have you taken your meds today?" <<<

Nope, not yet. Take half an aspirin right before I go to bed, though.

By the way, ma'am .... have you taken your head out of your a$$ today?

36 posted on 05/15/2012 6:18:41 PM PDT by jmax (Ahhhh...life is so frigging good in the obama nation.)
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To: jmax

#27 Jmax: I enjoyed your little Chevrolet ditty. Too cute!


37 posted on 05/15/2012 6:55:14 PM PDT by simonjo
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>>> "#27 Jmax: I enjoyed your little Chevrolet ditty. Too cute!" <<<

Thank you, Jo. Just trying to lighten things up a little. The news is normally a downer, which in turn makes us grumpy.

38 posted on 05/15/2012 7:17:09 PM PDT by jmax (Ahhhh...life is so frigging good in the obama nation.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What does the union think proper procedure would be for this type of situation? Cordon off the gun?


39 posted on 05/15/2012 7:50:25 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: elkfersupper
"If I found a loaded firearm, it would quietly go into my collection."

A distant relative of mine decades ago did that exact same thing in Moline IL where he lived. When he died his daughter sold the gun to someone who went to register it in Michigan, but then the SHTF when it came up stolen and ballistics matched it to the former owners murder during a robbery way back when in IL.

Just be careful is all I'm saying, just like with a new girlfriend you really don't know where that thing has been and done before you got it.

40 posted on 05/16/2012 5:32:38 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar
I'd keep a decent gun if I found it.

If it's a decent piece, clean it very thouroghly and fire-lap the bore. Fire-lapping kits are still fairly cheap up at Brownells. Never deface a serial, though.

If it's junk, bury it deep someplace out of the way. No point in involving yourself in the inevitable s**tstorm.

41 posted on 05/16/2012 6:42:46 AM PDT by jboot (Emperor: "How will this end?" Kosh: "In fire.")
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To: jboot

I own a tool and die business, polishing is second nature for me.

If I ever buy a used gun I’m not sure of I guarantee when I’m done those scratches won’t match the original.

I guess my removed cousin had to jump through hoops for the police, I don’t want to have to go through what she did.


42 posted on 05/16/2012 7:29:38 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar
A while back I inherited a valuable gun with a defaced serial. I meticulously disassembled it and found a second serial number that the defacer had missed. It took me about 5 years, but I finally found a gunsmith who was willing to take the job of restoring the gun. He welded over the defaced serial, ground and polished that section back to factory spec and re-stamped the verified serial with authentic period number stamps. After a careful bit of nitre blue, the gun is absolutely indistinguishable from an unaltered specimen.

I know that the gun was in the family for at least 75 years so I wasn't concrened about the bore.

I suppose I violated a whole bunch of laws. Oh well. The only legal alternative was to surrender the gun and by extension myself to the tender mercies of the police. I'd have been out a really nice gun and into a patch of potential trouble. No thanks.

43 posted on 05/16/2012 11:57:19 AM PDT by jboot (Emperor: "How will this end?" Kosh: "In fire.")
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To: Abathar
I have a simple rule about firearm and other tool ownership.

Once you own it, never show it to anyone but your most trusted friend and never sell it.

44 posted on 05/17/2012 1:57:58 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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