Ambulance gets 'booted' while paramedics tend to emergency

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http://www.wwltv.com/news/eyewitnes...ted-while-tending-to-emergency-181631351.html

NEW ORLEANS - The Quicky's convenience store in Mid-City takes its parking lot rules seriously. Very seriously.

About 4 p.m. Friday, New Orleans paramedics rushed inside the store for a man with a life-threatening medical issue.

They worked on the patient with chest pain, put him inside the vehicle, then started to speed off.

The paramedics “heard a loud noise,” and the vehicle came to a screeching halt, according to Jeb Tate, spokesman for New Orleans Emergency Medical Services.

The medics stepped out and found a boot on their ambulance.

Convenience store employees allegedly put a restrictive parking boot on the ambulance. And now it was stuck.

The paramedics were perplexed.

Tate said the ambulance had its emergency lights on the whole time.

Store employees didn’t want to talk about it. They declined requests for comment.

Apparently one of the employees took the boot off. The tire was left flat.

And so the paramedics and the man with the emergency waited.

“We actually had to delay that patient's care by calling another ambulance out here to come transport this patient,” Tate said.

Signs on the convenience store make clear that parking is for customers only. The signs state: “If you leave the property for any reason your vehicle will be booted.”

But the paramedics apparently were there the whole time tending to a man with chest pains.

We called the telephone number on the sign, for the “Boot Man.”

A convenience store employee picked up, then hung up.

Tate, the EMS spokesman, said the agency has never had an incident like this before.

"As long as we have our lights on, we park where it is safe to park,” he added.

hope the store gets sued, really dumb booting a ambulance treating someone at the store and they had the lights on
 
Worst time to troll somebody!
 
I didn't think a store had the right to do this. Getting them towed, sure, but booting? What a bunch of idiots and I too hope they get slapped with something for this.
 
If the parking is for customers only, how does booting the car and inevitably leaving it there longer help the situation?
 
The paramedics should retaliate by throwing a molotov cocktail through the store window. Prank wars!
 
"Booting" doesn't exist in my country; is it normal for a private citizen/private business to be equipped to perform such an act? From what I heard about the practice, I thought only police officers and municipal parking officials were allowed to do that.
 
that patient that the EMT's were treating will be getting an attorney, will be suing the convenience store and or the employee responsible and will WINWINWIN...
 
Honestly, I don't even know what type of criminal punishment you can hand out here. They'll get some type of citation, lawsuits for sure. I mean what do you do here?
 
Honestly, I don't even know what type of criminal punishment you can hand out here. They'll get some type of citation, lawsuits for sure. I mean what do you do here?

Well, most states have a law against hendering the movement of emergency vehicles while responding to a call...that would be a good start.
 
Honestly, I don't even know what type of criminal punishment you can hand out here. They'll get some type of citation, lawsuits for sure. I mean what do you do here?

Well, most states have a law against hendering the movement of emergency vehicles while responding to a call...that would be a good start.

And if the guy who the paramedics were responding to has some kind of medical issue that's a cause of them having to wait around for the second ambulance, I'm sure he can file some kind a lawsuit as well.
 
And if the guy who the paramedics were responding to has some kind of medical issue that's a cause of them having to wait around for the second ambulance, I'm sure he can file some kind a lawsuit as well.

They probably booted his car after the ambulance left too.:o
 
I oughta call this place and issue a death threat to the one who got the ambulance booted.

:o
 
These people aren't worth the air they breathe.
 
I didn't think a store had the right to do this. Getting them towed, sure, but booting? What a bunch of idiots and I too hope they get slapped with something for this.

Absolutely not. The laws are pretty clear, to pave way for all emergency vehicles, and tampering with an emergency vehicle is a felony in my neck of the wood. I know they started the tampering laws about 10 years ago when crooks would climb into bus and steal stuff while the paramedics are working on the person injured.
 
Trying to comprehend what the person was thinking who put the boot on that ambulance. Its like trying to comprehend the sound of one hand clapping. My brain is going to explode.
 
If the parking is for customers only, how does booting the car and inevitably leaving it there longer help the situation?


This.

If some yahoo gave me a flat tire with one of these stupid boot things, they'd get an earful from me.
 
The idea behind it was likely Boot the ambulance, make the paramedics pay for the fine in the hurry to get out of there, they come back later, pretend it had nothing to do with you.

The owner of the store has probably done this before to random folks in a cash grab. They can't prove it wasn't a valid boot so the owner gets his money. I hope he gets caught and sued/arrested.
 
Was it an undercover ambulance?
 
Sounds like an honest mistake, they really need to start making ambulances stand out a bit more. It's so easy to confuse them with other vehicles.

:doh:
 
Sounds like an honest mistake, they really need to start making ambulances stand out a bit more. It's so easy to confuse them with other vehicles.

:doh:

They should hire Joel Schumacher and give him some neon. He will light that ambulance up like its the fourth of july.

In all seriousness, tho, I have seen some dumb **** in my time, but this takes the cake. Even trying to comprehend what that fool was thinking booting that ambulance makes me feel dumber. If this person had even the mental capacity of a 4 year old he knew exactly what kind of vehicle that was. Not enough facepalms in existence!
 
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They should make them out like the truckers from Japan.

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