Lifeguard Fired For Saving a Life In the Water
Just goes to show, kids, when in doubt, your best bet is to do the least that's expected of you.
Tomas Lopez says he never thought getting fired would make him so popular.Lopez told CNN that lifeguards are expected to call 911 if anyone swims at their own risk in the marked area. Keep in mind the guy was making $8.25 an hour.
Since he was terminated as a lifeguard Monday for disregarding a protected area to save a swimmer, the 21-year-old from Florida said his phone has been ringing off the hook with journalists trying to get his side of the story. He is set to make an appearance on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" Thursday night."The reason I was fired is just ridiculous," Lopez told CNN late Wednesday night. "It is a ridiculous rule, really. What was I supposed to do? Just let the guy drown?"The incident occurred Monday at Hallandale Beach in southern Florida.
Orlando-based Jeff Ellis and Associates, the company Lopez worked for, said lifeguards cannot go beyond the perimeter of the beach they are responsible for overseeing.
He did not get the name of the man he saved. "It is killing me. I really want to know what happened to the guy," he said.
Short version: the guy lived. The guy who saved him got fucked. This is how our world operates, folks.