Whilst we cannot claim credit for turning what was a negative (people leaving nasty notes on ambulances) into a positive (people leaving money and food on ambulances) we still would like to think that our publicising of the former helped to inspire the latter.
Yesterday we reported on how members of the public (assuming that they aren’t actually the family members of the ambulance crews) are starting to leave nice notes, along with money and food, on emergency ambulances.
So instead of coming back to their vehicle having treated a patient, to find rude and obnoxious messages, ambulance crews are instead returning to their vehicles to find messages of support.
It would seem that these messages of support are also be accompanied with random acts of kindness.
Some of these random acts are financial, and some edible or, in this case, both! (although the Jury is out in relation to as to whether Choc Dips really are edible).
An Emergency Ambulance crew working with West Midlands Ambulance Service, who have taken the brunt recently of nasty notes being left on their vehicles, returned to their ambulance to find a note that said:
‘You’ve made it extremely difficult to navigate past you on my way home
‘seriously – when you’ve finished grab yourself a coffee on me!
‘thanks for your service’
With the thankful message were two £5 notes, two KP Chocolate Dips and four Mr Kipling Slices.
There were no signs of any fruit being left for the crew on this particular occasion, and we are worried that our oppos might now start to become constipated whilst at work if this trend continues.
A post on the West Midlands Ambulance Service Facebook page said:
‘How’s this for a fantastic gesture?
‘Staff returned to their ambulance overnight to find sweet treats, a thank you note and money for a coffee! That is definitely #bluelighthappy’
Responding to the post, Alison Stokes said: ‘Well deserved! Choc dips though! I didn’t realise you can still get those.’
Whilst Charlie Lauren commented: ‘They are new ones you can see though the hologram such a kind thing for someone to do’
Whilst we have only heard so far about three of these randoms acts of kindness, one of which turned out to be a subconscious effort by someone to try and change people’s habit of leaving nasty notes on emergency ambulances, could this be the start of a new trend?
Our colleagues in the rest of the emergency services are probably wondering when their time will come – especially as their salaries have not gone up in relation to the cost of living.
I might start to carry a basket of fruit around with me, and each time I see an emergency vehicle, leave a couple of bananas or perhaps some juicy peaches on 999 vehicles.
I personally would not want to be responsible for a plethora of obese emergency services personnel and I don’t quite have the spare cash to leave £10 each time I see my former colleagues out and about.
But to the people who have left the nice notes, on behalf of our colleagues we would like to say a massive thanks!
You have helped restore faith in humanity!
There will be the inevitable ‘negative’ comments about this new phenomenon; such is the Yin & Yang of life.
But to the haters we say: Lighten up!!!!
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