Our regular readers, both civilian and emergency services/NHS etc personnel, will know, that we make a point of insisting that our colleagues in the emergency services are more-than entitled to have a coffee break whilst on duty.
This is despite the leagues of ‘sovereign citizens’ who take it upon themselves to tell Police Officers that they are not entitled to a break, because there are ‘criminals to catch’.
The type of ‘individual’ with this sort of strange opinion, tends to be the same type of person who, if/when it all kicks off, will run as fast as they can in the opposite direction away from any sort of danger.
How they feel they have the ‘right’ to tell brave police officers when/where they can have a break, is beyond me.
They may cite the ‘fact’ that they pay the salaries of Police Officers and therefore have a ‘right’ to tell them what to do. What absolute rubbish.
How do these sovereign citizens know that their taxes, assuming they pay them, aren’t going towards, for example, the Houses of Parliament stationary budget instead?
The same misguided nostalgia applies to some sections of the civilian press who seem to get genuinely aroused by sharing anti-police rhetoric (we all know who they are).
Ironically enough, these ‘usual suspects’ in the civvy press are quick to condemn Police Officers when they are ‘spotted’ by do-gooders whilst on a break, but then heap praise on the Police when the s__t hits the fan – a bit like it did in Westminster this morning.
Therefore, it gives us an enormous amount of pleasure (a bit too much if I am honest with you) to share the story of two armed police officers who DARED to stop for a coffee, but ended up thwarting an attempted robbery because of where they decided to pick up their coffee.
On Monday 13th August, armed officers from Northamptonshire Police tweeted that they were having a well-deserved coffee break at a Starbucks drive-thru restaurant in St James Retail Park.
The Tweet said:
“At 0500 hrs this morning two armed men went into Starbucks.
“They threatened staff with weapons and stole cash.
“They didn’t account for Armed Officers sat in the Drive-Thru ordering a coffee at the same time.”
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said a 29-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of robbery and was currently being questioned.
A search was taken place for the other man believed to have been involved.
So there will have it.
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If you ever happen to spot Police Officers having a quick ‘pit stop’ then get over it and remember that should the location where the officers are having a well-deserved coffee break get robbed, then the Police Officers present will spring into action.
Instead of stumbling for your phone in order to take pictures of the Officers in the hope that you might get a £10 gift voucher from a ‘news’ paper, why not instead think about signing up with a local charity that is there to try and help combat/reduce crime?
Become a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.
As you can probably tell, we always get ‘triggered’ when “stories” make the headlines of emergency services personnel who have been reprimanded by sovereign citizens for daring to take a break.
The Police should be encouraged to take a break in public – assuming they ever get the time to actually have a break in the first place!
As this story clearly highlights, a Police presence, in whatever capacity, is a GOOD thing.
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