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Upper Lip Stiffener Needed

The British have long had a history of stoicism. After all, they ruled half the planet at one time, ruled the seas with the greatest navy until after World War I, and of course withstood the London Blitz and near annihilation of their army at Dunkirk.

The term “Keep a stiff upper lip” is attributed to the British because of this, even though the term might have originated in the former colony that beat their lips quite a bit back in the late 18th century.

It appears that there is a need for a bit of upper lip stiffening required in Great Britain these days.

I found a story about a nasty note found on an ambulance in England. It seems that someone was a bit put out that the EMS crew had the temerity to park in someone’s “spot” while on a response. Said spot being on a public street in the West Midlands.

I originally saw the story on an EMS site, but as is often the case, the Daily Mail newspaper had the best story on the incident.

Stunned paramedic gets angry note from neighbour saying they ‘couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapses’ as they demand ambulance is moved

Not the most concise headline I’ve ever seen, but it conveys the sense of the story.

Paramedics were left stunned after finding an angry note demanding they moved their ambulance during a 999 call, with the message: ‘I don’t give a sh*t if the whole street collapses’.

The message was written by a woman who was annoyed that an ambulance was in a resident’s parking bay on Sunday morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the resident also verbally abused staff members during the emergency call-out in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.

Okay, that’s bad, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever heard of on an ambulance call. It’s not like they were shot at, stabbed, or even beaten. All things that happened to me or my coworkers over the years. No, just a nasty note and some harsh words. Ignore it and move on.

Nope. One of the paramedics took a picture of the note and texted it about. Eventually, it hit the smart phone of Paramedic Katie Tudor. Who reposted it with the comment “So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning!” The exclamation point is intended to tell us how upset she was.

Eventually (again) it reached the screen of an Assistant Chief Constable. Who at first didn’t seem to think that there was an actual crime involved.

We find out from Fox News that the woman was later arrested on “suspicion of public order offenses.”

As I mentioned to a friend of mine, we had a couple of cases over the years where patient’s families or bystanders thought that it would be a good idea to get into the ambulance and move it on their own.

It wasn’t, not at all.

That, however is different from a note or “verbal abuse” from an idiot. The best response to which would appear to be “piss off”. Or something similar.

Apparently there is a plague of rampant nasty note writing going on in England.

Why, last November someone left a note on an ambulance windshield. Oh, the horror.

I’m not suggesting that it’s okay for people to be nitwits. I am suggesting that people in EMS don’t need to respond in kind, let alone get a serious case of trembly upper lip over it.

Paramedic was so upset that she¬† had to take a “selfie” and send it in to the Daily Mail.

As I said, some upper lip stiffening needs to be performed.

Considering some of the crimes that the British Police DON’T prosecute, this one seems rather silly.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.