What is quite surprising however, is that the young lad convicted of the offences has been banged up for his vile act. Most of the time, individuals who deem it fit-and-proper to spit on members of the emergency services, will just get a slap on the wrist.
Taylor Cockerill, 18, of Campbell Street in Dunfermline was instead sent down for five months.
The sentencing comes following two separate incidents on the same day when he spat in the face of a Paramedic and then later spat on a Police Sergeant whilst back at the Police station.
Depute fiscal Claire Kennedy said police officers had gone to Cockerill’s home for another matter and, because of his level of intoxication, decided that he should be checked by an ambulance crew as they were concerned for his welfare.
Ms Kennedy continued: “The paramedic leant down to try and speak to him and the accused turned his head and spat at him,” she told the court.
“The accused then struggled with the paramedic whilst the examination was being attempted.”
After being taken back to the nick, Cockerill was being asked questions about his care and welfare at the custody desk when he spat at the Custody Sergeant.
Sheriff Craig McSherry said it was the second offence which Cockerill had committed which involved emergency workers.
“You are on a community payback order in respect of the first offending which, according to the schedule, there appears to have been a number of charges,” he told him.
“I regard spitting on someone’s face as extremely serious. In the circumstance, I am of the view that you have been given the opportunity to behave on the community payback order and you have breached that by offending.”
Its rare that those in the judiciary treat spitting on members of the emergency services with the severity that it deserves.
Unless your name is Diane Abbott, chances are that you understand the harm that can be caused by spitting on someone; especially if the individual carrying out the unwanted (one way) spit exchange has any contagious diseases.
I lost count of the amount of times that I had to convey a colleague to hospital so that they could be checked out for any contagious diseases having been spat on by humanities version of a spitting cobra.
That is why it is good to hear that someone who likes sharing their spit with members of the emergency services (without being invited to) will have a few months to save up their spit for someone who might actually want it.
For all of the stories, blogs, admin commentary, special features and much more which we do not share in public, then subscribe to our fortnightly satirical eMagazine.
ANYONE can subscribe to our popular publication that is emailed straight to your inbox on a Friday afternoon.
We have roaming correspondents based all over the world, serving in each of the main emergency services CLICK HERE to find out more
Before you go...
We need your help. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories which are free from the negative bias which is often directed at the emergency services by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services which seemed only ever to highlight negative aspects of the job.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of our readers.
And remember, if you have a service, product or job vacancy that you would like to promote to our large readership, then you can buy advertising space in our articles.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.