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A firefighter in Weymouth is in hot water after leaving this bombshell on the Facebook machine:
First of all, the real crime here is that he is one of MILLIONS of people who don’t know the difference between “lose” and “loose.” I know we make a lot of spelling errors around here at Turtleboy, but we do actually know the right way to spell these words. There are MILLIONS of people who don’t know how to spell the most basic words and you see it all the time.
Anyway, he’s since deleted the post and it’s caught the attention of all the Boston news stations and the Patriot Ledger. This is a pretty simple take – you can think these things all you want, but anyone who writes them on Facebook is a moron. I mean, how did he think this was gonna end? You’re a firefighter. Your job is to save lives. I understand you deal with shitbags all day, and I completely understand the frustration you would feel if you keep giving narcan to the same people over and over again.
But why not just say this behind closed doors? Like, how are people still not understanding the whole concept of Facebook? It’s the second most trafficked website in the world, yet people still use it like it’s their Dear Diary. When you’re back at the station you can call these people whatever you want and no one will know it. But when you write it on Facebook, EVERYONE will know it.
Is what he wrote true? The part about junkies using narcan like it’s Advil certainly is. But like, you signed up to be a firefighter. In Weymouth!!! You know who was from Weymouth? The guy from Blow. You signed up to be a first responder in a city that’s known for drug abuse!! In the South Shore nonetheless, where you can find heroin faster than you can find diesel fuel.
Here’s what the guy should’ve done – he should’ve created a Turtleboy. I live in the South Shore and I have a real job. I can’t be writing every thought that goes through my head on Facebook because I could lose my job. Around this time last year though I discovered Turtleboy Sports. Now whenever I wanna get something off my chest I just put on my Brockton Turtleboy suit and start typing away. It’s like therapy. Problem solved.
Oh yea, and don’t say this:
Nothing worse than people who think they know what free speech is but really have no idea what they’re talking about. Let me make this clear for everyone right now – the first amendment protects you from the government censoring your speech. It DOES NOT guarantee that you will keep your job when you write really controversial and incendiary things on Facebook.
And believe me, I’m all about calling out the wussification of America. But this ain’t one of those times. How do people think junkies became junkies? They were regular people who started doing drugs. Granted, they ultimately made the decisions that led to their current situation. But they’re still human beings. You can’t be a firefighter and write, “let the shitbags die” on Facebook and think it’s gonna go over smoothly.
My question is, why can’t they just detain people who require narcan until they lead them to their dealer? Wouldn’t that be the most sensible thing to do? Has anyone thought of this before? If so, how come we’re not doing it?
The bottom line is, you’re overreacting if you think this guy should lose his job, which lots of people are calling for. Nowhere in there did he say he wouldn’t administer narcan, he just got carried away and said stupid things on Facebook. People act like it’s no big thing to just fire someone. Ummm, it’s like his livelihood. He’s probably been doing it for years and he’d gladly risk his life to save your’s in a heartbeat. He’s seen shit we never could dream of, so how bout we give him a break on this one? I think the Internet outcry alone is punishment enough and he’s learned his lesson. Time to move on.
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