A male has been branded an ‘idiot’ after telling a police officer off for wearing a ‘tri-services’ ‘thin line’ badge.
Members of the emergency services often wear the badge as a tribute to their colleagues who have died while on duty.
The badge itself comprises of a thin blue, green and red line to reflect the police, ambulance and fire service respectively.
The badge is also often worn by members of the public who support the emergency services and the life-saving job they do.
However, a male who confronted an officer for wearing one of the badges has faced backlash on social media after telling the officer that the badge was ‘disrespectful’.
In the awkward video, the male filming the encounter asks the police officer to explain what the various lines mean.
After the officer takes the time to explain what the badge represents, the male asks: “Are you allowed to wear that?”
The officer replies: “yes”.
The male then states: “But it is not a part of the uniform, is it?”.
The female officer replies: “No, but I wear it to show my gratitude for the lives which have been lost”.
The male then replies by saying: “To a lot of members of the public, they see this as, er, as, er….hhhhmmmm….let me see…What’s the word; tyranny…A lot of the public don’t like that…especially the fact that it is not part of the uniform…And I am sure you are not supposed to wear it.
“Also, what it does, is its kinda disrespectful to the Union Jack”.
The police officer responds by calmly asking: “Why is it disrespectful?”
The male responds by saying: “Because you have changed the colours”.
A senior cop, Supt Dennis Murray, has stood up for the Northants Officer by tweeting: “The officer is supported in wearing this item. She was very professional throughout”.
The video was published on ‘UK Cop Humour’ and has been shared nearly 600 times.
In a post shared on their Facebook page, an admin for the page said:
“Where to begin…?
“Here we have a guy (Auditing Britain on YouTube apparently) who spends his time going around being a nuisance to anyone in uniform.
“Here, we also have an excellent example of a proud and professional Bobby, explaining the meaning of our #TriLine Patch – paying tribute to those who have fallen whilst serving in the Emergency Services”.
People were quick to show their support for the officer with one person posting:
“Well done to that officer she has more patience than me.
“I would have walked away as soon as he started filming and talking utter bo**ocks!”.
“So I assume all these people that are offended by this badge won’t be calling on our emergency services for help if they ever need it?
“I’m surprised how that would offend anyone because to be honest, the morons who are likely to complain about it are usually too busy recording our officers whilst trying to accuse them of racial abuse and probably wouldn’t even notice it”.
Another social media user reflected the sentiment of many when he said:
“Respect to the young officer who handled herself impeccably.
“Sad that certain people have nothing else to do with their sorry lives.
“Even sadder that he is given air time on Social media.
“He actually makes himself look and sound ridiculous”.
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