A Park Ranger Was Fired for Dancing on the Job

Humor, News — June 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm by

Huffington Post A park ranger’s love of public dancing may have sent him waltzing into the unemployment line. Deryl Nelson, 51, worked at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for seven years. About a year into the job, he drew cheers for joining a group of visitors doing the Macarena. After that, there was no stopping him and he would boogie oogie oogie at impromptu moments. “It’s all about enjoying what you do and that’s the way I feel,” Nelson told WRCB TV. “[It’s] clean fun. It’s nothing like doing any bumping and grinding.”

What a positively refreshing attitude to hear in today’s cynical world. Deryl’s not going to stand around the park with his arms folded across his chest, just counting down the hours till he can finally go the hell home. He’s gonna make the most out of his day. He’s gonna bust some moves, have some laughs, and make some memories. And of course people were eating this shit up. He’s like a real life version of that old dude from the Six Flag commercials. But as always, whenever people are having a good time there’s gotta be somebody with a stick up their ass to ruin it for everybody.

Some say otherwise. Work was a kick for Nelson until recently when he was booted off the job after a woman named Melissa Parsons filmed one of his dance sessions and posted it online…Parsons told NewsChannel9.com, “He went all the way to the ground, he came back up from the ground, he was grabbing areas that you would see on a rated R movie.” When Nelson’s supervisors saw the video, they terminated him for what the city calls, “conduct unbecoming of a public employee.”

Gimme a fucking break, Melissa. You think that his dancing looked like something from a rated R movie? Really? Well, speaking of movies, you’re acting like the prick minister from ‘Footloose’. Lighten up and stop hating on this gifted performer. Did you actually study this move?

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That’s some Michael Jackson in 1983 type shit. So athletic, so rhythmic, so innovative. I got your back, Deryl, and I’m sure that you will make it out of this alright. Like the old saying goes, tough times don’t last; graceful dancers do.

H/T Barstool

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