Slow news day? Lifeguard gets fired...

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    Everybody jumped on board when the lifeguard dude was fired for saving a drowning victim when it was determined that he was off his assigned post. Even Fox jumped on the (non) news story with an opinion designed to generate interest. The problem was that the apparent drowning victim was already saved when the lifeguard abandoned his post and ran down the beach to get in on the action. The corporation that runs the beach is responsible for the safety of bathers within a designated area and they risk being sued into the poorhouse when a lifeguard isn't at his post when somebody is in trouble so they did the right thing and fired the kid who didn't understand the rules. Slow news days might be fun but you gotta understand that the news ain't necessarily your friend. News sources often fudge data and withhold information in order to create a story.
     
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    The lifeguard didn't know that the victim was out of the water when someone came to get his help. And, the lifeguard provided first aid.

    The company that provides the lifeguard service is worried about liability. There's no liability in letting someone drown who is out of the lifeguard's bounds. But, any failed rescue attempt could result in a lawsuit. Just another problem with our litigious society.
     
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    If a case was made that the person certainly would have died if the lifeguard didn't respond the lifeguard would have an issue but there is no claim that the lifeguard saved the person's life. First aid is a broad term and could indicate anything from a band aid to comforting words. Of course there is no liability if nothing happens in the lifeguard's zone of responsibility but the corporation would be out of business if one of their employees was absent from his post administering first aid in another area when someone was in trouble. Like it or not we live in a world of litigation and surfer dudes who want to be lifeguards need to understand the rules.
     
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    The lifeguard didn't leave his water unattended, so there was no danger of a lawsuit and the CEO offered his job back and also is going to revise the policy on account of its impracticality.
     
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    Glad to see someone in that corporation is capable of applying some common sense. I don't know if it was a case of acknowledging someone doing the right thing or protecting the corporate image after some bad publicity
     
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    The question is whether the lifeguard did the right thing. Once we get beyond the emotional issues and look at the real incident it seems that he left his post. If he actually offered assistance that saved a person's life he has a good case for leaving his post. If the swimmer was fine it seems he is guilty of poor judgement and jeopardized the lives of the swimmers he should have been supervising. Ronald Reagan never made a big deal about it and I bet not many people know that Dutch Reagan is credited with saving 77 lives when he was a lifeguard for 7 years during the 20's.
     
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    he had his post covered before he left it.

    jeebus christ. what a waste of paragraphs you employ when you dont have the basic facts of what occured.

    watch the erin burnett interview with the kid and his ceo.
     
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    Any human being should realize it is more important to save a life than remain on your lifeguard post. Even a 21 year old knew, fuck the job, someone needs my help

    What did the company expect him to do when someone runs up and says "There is a man drowning over there!"??

    Sorry, not my job, company policy
     
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    And he even had the wherewithall to make sure that his water was covered by another guard before he took off.

    He's a good kid.
     
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    He didn't get paid to "have his post covered". He apparently agreed to terms of employment that made sure he was at his post.
     

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