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Dumbest thing you have seen someone fired for?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by JohnnyReb, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. JohnnyReb

    JohnnyReb Lifetime Member

    Sep 20, 2004
    What's the dumbest thing you have seen someone fired for? I'm not talking about petty things, but acts that were just so incredibly stupid you don't see how anyone would even consider doing.

    We had a guy terminated not long ago, for stealing $40 from the "honor system" jar in our weight room. We have several energy drinks and cliffs bars in the room, and if you take one, you put the appropriate amount in the jar. Over the course of a couple years, money came up missing. A camera was placed in room, and an officer was seen removing money from the jar.

    He lost a $50,000 a year job, had a wife and kids, all for $40. Good riddance.
  2. GasTiresOil


    Dec 14, 2006
    Very strange how I was talking about this today with a co worker. You could write volumes about guys that went down over the course of a career. In my short time I have seen an incident involving a prostitute, cocaine use, burglary, assault, and various other sexual encounters that ultimately led to dismissal.

  3. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

    Jan 2, 2008
    Lost Coast, Cali
    Nearby town had a guy a few years back who stole a cordless phone from a discount store, probably worth $30. He was a detective with almost 20 years on, got fired. :shocked:
  4. alabaster

    alabaster Swollen Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    I got fired for health issues. I had a fever spike one day and fainted in the bathroom. I got hauled to the ER in a meat wagon. While I was in the hospital, I got let-go. The boss had the audacity after to ask me to build him a 1911 with a big price break in it. What a tool.
  5. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    We have had two guys fired for blowing off reports or arrests. Not one or two but repeatedly. They had 12 and 16 years on when canned. Another person tossed some heroin of a suspect. I don't know why. She had other issues. Like threatening her wife's ex-girlfriend with arrest. She was also caught in a few lies. I don't know how she got through the hiring process because people who knew her in HS knew she was a liar back then.

    We have cut a few people loose while on probation. I think one was seen flashing gang signs with some of his buddies who were gang members. Another was reported to have made a racial comment on a recorded line. Neither of those clowns have gotten hired by any other agency.

    Those are the ones who were fired in my time. I know of one other officer who was fired and was brought back and eventually promoted to Sgt. I have no idea why he was promoted. There were other better candidates and they weren't lops.
  6. TKM

    TKM Shiny Member Lifetime Member

    Stealing toilet paper.

    Not the full rolls from under the sink, partials from the dispenser.

  7. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    Brand new guy, in the academy, goes to Victoria's Secret and tries on women's underwear. Then asks clerk's opinion. Clerk is fiancee of state narcotics agent. Somehow the guy's occupation is discovered. Gone.

    Well liked academy instructor, retired from active LE with gunfight experience (and the holes to prove it) gets caught shoplifting wine from a grocery store. Gone. Teaching at a community college now.

    Those are probably the two dumbest, but there are plenty of others.
  8. G27Chief

    G27Chief Lifetime Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Southwestern Gawjaw
    One baron made some photo copies while lying on the glass face down w/o benefit of fabric. Idiot left some in the tray, with a clear image of his high-school ring as he had his hand in place to enhance the image. Working security at a rendering plant last I heard.
  9. indigent

    indigent Bamboozled

    Jul 2, 2005
    Ummm Lets see. The list might include:

    Bringing inmates tobacco
    Public displays of male parts
    "Extra Curricular" activities with inmate while on the clock
    "Extra Curricular" activities with other staff while on the clock
    Lying on reports

    And the best.....

    When your wife turns up dead in your house........ Yup, he's in prison.
  10. Around here it usually involves drinking, women, thinking with the wrong head and it getting so out of hand the department(s) can't ignore it, sweep it under the rug or transfer it away.

    I know one guy that got fired from a small city PD here for stealing gas. Never fear though, he got hired as a chief in a small nearby eastern KY city...:upeyes:
  11. blueiron


    Aug 10, 2004
    We had a guy who was assigned a vehicle as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Specialist. He was the only person authorized to drive it and he was required to park it in the underground parking garage at the main station.

    He pulls in one day and backs the truck in. In doing so, the guy backs into a steel armored concrete pillar. It damages the truck and he gets out and looks at it.

    He concludes his day and goes home. He finishes out the week and reports nothing to his boss and to the department. Unbeknowst to him, the IA supervisor was in the parking garage and saw the entire incident. She waited for the IA paperwork to cross her desk and after a week when it failed to be reported, she inquired to the traffic unit supervisor.

    When asked, the long term officer denied the entire event and personally blamed another officer for doing it. He was given numerous opportunities to retract his false accusations and admit to the accident - being told that with no other discipline on his record, he would only get a written reprimand. He refused and demanded to confront the witness against him and called that employee a blatant liar. When the IA supervisor appeared against him, he tried to retract it all. Too bad, too late - he was fired for about $600 worth of damages.

    Why the department didn't go after his certification for lying in an investigation and having him sanctioned with being put on the Brady list, is beyond me.
  12. We have had officers and detectives fired for about anything you can think of but the one I seem to remember most was the officer who was fired for not shinning his shoes!!!

    This had to be around 75 or 76 and this rumor spread throughout the department like wildfire. It got so bad that all of the watch commanders had to cover this at consecutive roll calls for about two weeks to assure everyone got the true story.

    Turns out this officer had about 5 years on the department and had a history of problems. He would argue with supervisors, not appear in court after subpoenaed, occasionally would take the black and white home. He had a history of being very heavy handed with suspects, and would sometimes go on patrol with an AR-15 in the trunk (A huge No-No on LAPD at the time, and still is unless you have received the training and approval). Many of these things he was disciplined for and received suspensions several times.

    When he was ordered to shine his shoes at an inspection for about the fifth time and failed to do so he was fired based on a totally of all his misconduct in the past three years.

    Good riddance!!
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2011
  13. branned


    Dec 28, 2005
    UPS driver backed into scrap metal at a junk yard. No one knew and junk yard owner called mgmt over it:shocked: Dumb if you ask me:upeyes:
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2011
  14. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

    May 15, 2011
    My brother fired a guy working in refinery, for taking a quart of oil out in his lunch box.
  15. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

    May 15, 2011
    I fired a contract dump trucker today for not having a tow chain in his truck. He backed in too deep and then needed MY chain to get yanked out.
  16. Detectorist


    Jul 16, 2008
    D.A.R.E. Officer, I think he was a Major, arrested in front of a H.S. class for trafficking cocaine.
  17. lloydchristmas

    lloydchristmas 132 and Bush

    May 22, 2010
    Deputy in adjoining county had to pick up her sergeant en route to a call. However, she had to drop off the KANGAROO she was hauling around in the backseat of her squad first.....
  18. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    Really? Around here if at least one person is a Sgt. or higher both parties will make Lt. or higher.
  19. JohnnyReb

    JohnnyReb Lifetime Member

    Sep 20, 2004
    We had that happen years ago. One now does corrections in a southern state, and the other is now a corporal, and is married to a patrol officer.

    When they were caught, they were completely honest and upfront about it. It resulted in demotion.
  20. OGW


    Aug 23, 2004
    N.W. Lower Michigan

    An officer in the town I live near was recently fired for stealing $40 from a wallet that was turned in to the PD. When the owner came to get it, he asked about the money that was in it. Officer admitted taking it. He had about 16 years on the job.

    Background: I know said former officer, but not really well. His wife dumped him several years ago and his life took a dive, got into alcohol, other problems with debt and such. He was widely known as a really nice guy, good with kids, decent cop, gave a lot of time to the community.

    I also know his chief, belong to a service organization with him. Chief has been dating ex-officer's former wife the last few years. Rough situation and I admit to feeling sorry for the officer.