Canadian Gun-Toting Tree Pruner Wants Job Back

December 1, 2003 ( - Sure, maybe George Pavlovsky walked into his office drunk and looking for his bosses while toting a loaded sawed-off shotgun - but is that any reason not to rehire him?

That’s essentially what the subsequently terminated 44-year-old former tree pruner for the town of Moncton, New Brunswick, says. Pavlovsky says he’d like his old job back once he finishes his two-year prison term on weapons offenses relating to the April 2002 incident, and he’s asked his union to intervene to get his old job back. Members have agreed the union should assist him, according to Reuters.

But the city of Moncton will hear nothing of the suggestion. Spokesman Steven MacKinnon said he was stunned that Pavlovsky would challenge his firing and said many of his co-workers are shaken by the thought of Pavlovsky returning to work. “We’re going to contest this vigorously,” MacKinnon promised.

Reportedly angry about being passed over for a promotion, Pavlovsky was arrested about 15 minutes after the incident began. His bosses were away at the time and no one was injured.