POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A firefighter has lost his job after placing toilet paper that had President Barack Obama’s face imprinted on it inside the firehouse.
WSVN-TV reports that Pompano Beach firefighter Clint Pierce, a 20-year veteran, was terminated for insubordination. Pierce was previously reprimanded for placing anti-Obama stickers on his firehouse locker and having a coffee mug portraying the president as a clown.
“It was clearly a case of insubordination,” Pompano Beach city spokeswoman Sandra King told the Sun Sentinel. “He had a similar situation of posting political messages on city property and he was given a free pass at that time and told to cease and desist and he did it again and really exacerbated the situation.”
According to the Sentinel, Pierce, 50, placed the toilet paper inside the firehouse’s bathrooms in October, saying that he did it as a “gag.”
Fire Chief Harry L. Small said in an order that this incident “caused significant divisiveness within the department and community.”
“Your apology for your actions is appreciated, but does little to undo the widespread damage to the reputation of the city and the fire department organization,” Small wrote in the order, the Sentinel reports.
Pierce was originally hired in November 1993.