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Macon Transit worker who complained about gun brought to office is fired

MACON — A Macon woman says she was fired from the Macon Transit Authority Tuesday because of her reaction to a supervisor's bringing a shotgun into the office.

TiaWanda Hampton said the man who brought in the gun is the one who should have been fired.

The authority board's executive committee is slated to discuss the incidents Thursday.

Hampton says she was told she was fired Tuesday by General Manager Rick Jones because she refused to answer questions about why she'd called the board's chairman, Craig Ross, instead of calling Jones.

Hampton said she saw a supervisor with the shotgun in the office this past Thursday and was worried because of shootings such as those at a Connecticut elementary school and a Colorado movie theater.

Hampton said she talked to a nearby Macon police officer about the weapon, and the officer called Jones.

Jones confirmed that an employee brought a firearm to the office and showed it around.

"It's one of those personnel issues that we can't discuss in detail other than to say we had an employee that made an error in judgment, that was showing something to friends that he shouldn't have been showing, and somebody walked by and became disturbed," Jones said.

Jones said he couldn't identify the man, but he said the man has already been disciplined. Guns are prohibited under a Macon Transit policy that carries penalties ranging from suspension to termination.

Ross said Tuesday he couldn't discuss the matter because it involves personnel and the board is still collecting facts.

"We are looking into it now, and it seems an employee brought a gun to show somebody in the office. It was unloaded," Ross said. "It's just been blown out of proportion actually. It was not supposed to be in the building, and we're trying to get all the facts together right now."

Hampton said the supervisor should be fired and that she should be brought back to work. She said she was so upset at seeing the gun -- and not knowing why it was there -- she started to cry and thought about other mass shootings.

"This is my life," she said. "I have kids. Anything can take place. I don't know if there's any bullets in it. I don't know."

Hampton, who was Jones' administrative assistant, said Jones said he was terminating her for insubordination because she refused to talk about why she called a board member over the incident.

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VietVet1 1 year, 8 months ago

TiaWanda = Some how I feel a racial lawsuit in the making. $$$$$$ forthcoming.

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

I think it was wrong that she was the one fired, I think she has a valid point. There is so many crazy people out there, you never know what to expect next. If the gun had been loaded and he went on a shooting spree and she had said nothing about it, they would be wanting to fire her because she didn't say anything. It's d@mn if you do and d@mn if you don't. She should get money or her job back because I feel she was wrongly fired. Blown out of proportion indeed, her being fired is the proportion being blown.

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rightasrain 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree with VietVet1, this woman saw an opportunity and it will become a racial issue.

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

This could have been a lawsuit even if the one fired was white, so I disagree. The one suspicious thing thouugh is her refusal to answer questions as to why she called the board chairman instead of Jones, however the same suspicion would be the same if she was white.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

It's one thing to make a complaint. It's another thing to go off and have a fit and scream and holler and threaten to walk off the job. How did she behave?

Most entities have a "No Gun On Premises" policy these days. Did the MTA have one? If so, the person who brought the gun onto the property should be the one fired. I don't necessarily agree with that policy but if it's there.....well it should be enforced to the letter.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

I think she did the right thing and was retaliated against because she went above someone's head. Egos...

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DRTexas 1 year, 8 months ago

If it is policy, then it is not ego. She was out to cause trouble by going over her boss's head. May have been justified or not. Let the court decide.

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ScubaGolfJim 1 year, 8 months ago

"Hampton, who was Jones' administrative assistant, said Jones said he was terminating her for insubordination because she refused to talk about why she called a board member over the incident" is NOT "insubordination." And if you believe that your supervisor is incapable or unwilling to handle the situation, then the "supervisor" SHOULD be bypassed. Need evidence of the "supervisor's" incompetence, or at least ignorance? "It's just been blown out of proportion actually." The article states 'Guns are prohibited under a Macon Transit policy that carries penalties ranging from suspension to termination.' It also says 'the man has already been disciplined.' So was he suspended? That is the 'minimum' according to the stated policy. If he wasn't, the supervisor should be fired.

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DRTexas 1 year, 8 months ago

I don't disagree with you. There was a reason she didn't go to her boss. I don't know what it was and neither do you. He may be a jerk and would not have done anything to answer her concerns. She may be a jerk who just didn't follow protocol just because she feels she is above it. Like I said above. It may have been justified or not. The court of public opinion doesn't count and we don't have enough info to make an informed opinion. She needs to take it to court. Let the facts come out. And let the court decide who was right and who was wrong.

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

I imagine she knows her supervisor better than we do and probably felt he would just sweep it under the rug. I just think it is ludicrous that she be the one terminated. The whole story reeks of "She should have minded her own business and kept her mouth shut"

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DRTexas 1 year, 8 months ago

I would tend to agree with you. However; we don't know the back story. We have all worked with someone who constantly stirs the pot. Or always wants to be the "victim". She has a case. If she sues, all the facts will come out.

The sqeaky wheel gets the grease. Unless the squeaky wheel just squeaks to be squeaky. Then it usually just gets replaced.

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Somebody 1 year, 8 months ago

Well I agree with you on that point. Based on what is told in the story it looks for sure that she was done wrong, but like you say, and someone else said, we are going by what the media has reported. There could be things that we don't know about, but not sure what they could possibly be.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

Uh, doesn't this story remind you of a similar one that happened in Albany a few years ago and it turned out to be retaliation due to EGOS.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

I couldn't have said it any better myself, ScubaGolfJim.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 8 months ago

Go talk to an attorney. This sounds like retribution to me. It should not matter regarding her actions. The one who brought the gun is the one who should be questioned as to why he felt it necessary to bring a gun, against policy, into a work area. If he just intended to show it off, as this story alleges, then he should be terminated for wasting taxpayers monies since he worked for a municipal department.

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GeeGee 1 year, 8 months ago

She is a troublemaker. Talked to the police??? Why??

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Somebody 1 year, 8 months ago

Troublemaker....give me a break. The supervisor started the trouble by bringing a gun to a place that prohibited guns.

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dmyers80 1 year, 8 months ago

its allabout perception... , if a guy at your job with dreads and gold teeth ,pants sagging and a bandanna hanging out of his pocket, walked in with a shotgun who would you call, police or supervisor??

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VietVet1 1 year, 8 months ago

Now, to hear the full complete story. Remember folks, we've only read what the media provided.

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Cartman 1 year, 8 months ago

Sounds like someone just brought in their shotgun to show their buddies. Why didn't she just mind her own business? We've all seen guns before, even in inappropriate places. You can tell if its a threatening situation or not. Sounds like she was trying to make it something that it wasn't.

Tattle-tale got fired! LOL.

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Somebody 1 year, 8 months ago

Suppose someone brings a gun to work and does start shooting everybody, would you still be laughing out loud?

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 8 months ago

Thought this was a Biden "approved" weapon. It was poor judgment to bring it to a public office where not everyone knows what is happening. But there has got to be more to the story of the firing too.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Yes, the Vice President HisBadSelf recommended that we all kill people with shotguns....you are exactly RIGHT!

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GG126 1 year, 8 months ago

Yea....She told on someones buddy, they got mad and fired her instead of the buddy. Now the jobs of the buddy and the boss are in jeopardy.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

"Hampton said she talked to a nearby Macon police officer about the weapon, and the officer called Jones." She told a police officer. How much more responsible can she be? Certainly she did the right thing.

"insubordination because she refused to talk about why she called a board member over the incident. " Refusing to explain her reasoning is not insubordination. Discharge should not pass review.

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