Almost a year ago, I wrote about a lifeguard who was fired because he refused to wear a Speedo for his profeciency exam. While I normally stick up for the rights of individuals and businesses, I simply cannot let an asinine story like this pass me by. You see, a lifeguard in Florida was recently fired for helping to rescue a drowning man. Yup. You got that right. There must be a catch, right? Yes. The catch is that the man was swimming outside of the beach zone that was to be patrolled and secured by the lifeguard’s company.
Lopez said he was sitting at his post at about 1:45 p.m. Monday when someone rushed to his stand asking for help. Lopez said he noticed a man struggling in the water south of his post. The man was previously swimming in an “unprotected” stretch of the beach, city officials confirmed Tuesday.
“It was a long run, but someone needed my help. I wasn’t going to say no,” he said.
Company officials said the rescue took place about 1,500 feet south of the company’s protective boundaries. The unprotected area has signs alerting beachgoers to swim at their own risk.
Like many other things I document here, it seemingly doesn’t pay to be benevolent these days. There was no harm done to anyone in the company’s zone, and, indeed, someone was saved. Better get rid of that guy! Many of the “crimes” I expose on this blog don’t have victims, either…only potential victims. We’ll all be in trouble or without jobs soon if this is our continued mentality.