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Ambulance gets 'booted' while medics tend to emergency

Restrictive device placed on the wheels meant medics has to call for another ambulance to transport patient

By EMS1 Staff

NEW ORLEANS — An ambulance was booted Friday while medics were tending to a man with chest pains inside a convenience store.

New Orleans EMS spokesman Jeb Tate told WWL-TV the paramedics only realized the restrictive parking boot had been placed on their ambulance when they tried to transport the patient.

With the ambulance unable to move, the boot was removed, only to cause a flat tire. The medics were forced to call another ambulance to pick up the patient.

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

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

Staff at Quicky's convenience store in Mid-City refused to comment on the incident.


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Stacer Damen Stacer Damen Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:04:47 AM What crap!
Kathy Foster Kathy Foster Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:07:55 AM The IGNORANCE of some people.
Bob Erixon Bob Erixon Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:09:22 AM Maybe ems will slow down when called to that convenience store for a shooting or some other emergency.
Carol Elaine Brown Carol Elaine Brown Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:10:02 AM There better be a damn good explaination for this bs....
David Sena David Sena Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:14:14 AM I've had city "Meter maids" ticket my ambulance for parking in a red zone while on a call, but this is just plain idiotic.
Austin Evans Austin Evans Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:14:26 AM You're not supposed to boot a emergency vehicle its against the law.
Roger Look Roger Look Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:16:06 AM interfering with an emergency unit. the police should have hauled the own to jail.
Tim Terrell Tim Terrell Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:16:24 AM The store employees didn't want to be seen on TV, I wonder why. I mean if they booted the vehicle, they did what they felt was right, so why not defend themselves? I would have like to have heard what those idiots' defense would be.
Sean Alan Morris Sean Alan Morris Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:19:23 AM 1) Who knew employees of a convenience store are allowed to boot vehicles. 2) What special brand of stupid do these employees have to be, to boot an emergency vehicle that has responded to a legitimate emergency? 3) That low thundering sound you hear is the hoard of lawyers scrambling to talk to that patient and sue that store into oblivion.
Carol Lucas Carol Lucas Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:23:49 AM Convenience store people do not boot vehicles. Parking watchdogs boot vehicles. Law enforcement needs to go and beg forgiveness of the patient and paramedics for outsourcing their ticket retreivers to the Academy of Stupidity.
Paula Booth Bowman Paula Booth Bowman Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:31:03 AM This is totally outrageous!
Robin Morris Robin Morris Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:33:44 AM Can't wait to hear about this on the news channels...
Scotty England Scotty England Saturday, December 01, 2012 12:08:03 PM need to find the person who booted it and stick the boot up side his idiotic head.shows how stupid some people are.
Brandon Metchooyeah Brandon Metchooyeah Saturday, December 01, 2012 12:11:12 PM Damn that sucks, Some one is going to lose their job over this one (thank God) I cant beleive they did that to an ambulance, willfully while they were attending an emergency.
Jeffrey Flaker Jeffrey Flaker Saturday, December 01, 2012 12:16:26 PM Interfering with EMT or paramedic while in performance of their duties is a felony. Disabling and emergency vehicle during an emergency is also a felony. Why wasn't the employee arrested?
Steve Price Lpn Steve Price Lpn Saturday, December 01, 2012 12:30:06 PM Why should private businesses be able to purchase a boot and place it on a vehicle to begin with. And what does NOPD have to say about this
Kerry Forrestal Kerry Forrestal Saturday, December 01, 2012 12:40:23 PM Someone is losing their job over in parking. and yes- if the patient died, I'd think it appropriate to refer charges.
Joe Schlosser Joe Schlosser Saturday, December 01, 2012 1:21:17 PM Absolutely ridiculous
Joe Schlosser Joe Schlosser Saturday, December 01, 2012 1:22:39 PM I'm sure the owner of the store thought he was a big boy. What goes around comes around!
Aaron Groover Aaron Groover Saturday, December 01, 2012 3:21:50 PM Until the store employees need an ambulance....
Joanna Hoenshell Joanna Hoenshell Saturday, December 01, 2012 3:39:24 PM Really? Really? Come on, people...
Becky Schock Becky Schock Saturday, December 01, 2012 4:06:41 PM since when due store employees boot vehicles. only parking personnel do that
Tracy Sprankle Tracy Sprankle Saturday, December 01, 2012 5:00:27 PM typical government morons.
Wayne Tester Wayne Tester Saturday, December 01, 2012 5:59:31 PM The person responsible should be charged with hindering Paramedics in the course of their duty, also should be charged due to wilfully disabling an Ambulance.
John Manley John Manley Saturday, December 01, 2012 7:28:43 PM I smell a lawsuit against the person/company who booted the ambulance... what idiot boots an ambulance parked with its emergancy flashers on?
Tom Gottschalk Tom Gottschalk Saturday, December 01, 2012 9:54:58 PM This has gotten UP prank written all over it and Doug Smith is down there right now. Interesting.
Gary Sutton Gary Sutton Saturday, December 01, 2012 11:51:25 PM I hope the Police will or have followed up on this and arrested the person that put the boot on for obstructing a fireman while in the performance of his official duties to render aid to a person in medical need. There is a law on the books for this type of crime and the person needs to be arrested for what they did, §327 Obstructing a fireman
Robert Gift Robert Gift Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:22:06 AM Hope that more information about this will be revealed. Would love to know who did this and why.
Murray Muise Murray Muise Sunday, December 02, 2012 8:29:16 AM OMG that is just wrong.
Joel Vivian Joel Vivian Sunday, December 02, 2012 9:10:39 AM what happens someone died that happend like that light on means emergency a life our death.
La'Tonio El Regalo La'Tonio El Regalo Sunday, December 02, 2012 10:16:49 AM O.o
Justin Bareika Justin Bareika Sunday, December 02, 2012 11:02:51 AM You can't fix stupid
Tony Bareika Tony Bareika Sunday, December 02, 2012 11:31:43 AM Wow, you can't fix stupid...
Scott Eveland Scott Eveland Sunday, December 02, 2012 1:04:44 PM Carol, you need to read the article, law enforcement did NOT boot the vehicle, it WAS indeed the convenience store's employees. Read the full article from WWLTV. The incident occured in a private parking lot.
Scott Eveland Scott Eveland Sunday, December 02, 2012 1:06:11 PM Since when did the government employee convenience store employees? The article states it was booted by them, NOT police/parking control.
Kevin Creaghan Kevin Creaghan Sunday, December 02, 2012 2:35:59 PM What to say?
Luigi Cristiano Calo' Luigi Cristiano Calo' Tuesday, December 04, 2012 2:46:31 AM incredibile :(
Verlin R. Steele Verlin R. Steele Tuesday, December 04, 2012 3:20:20 AM At least the employee got the boot after applying the boot. Can someone say Karma?
Robert Gift Robert Gift Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:11:51 AM Was the ambulance parked in THEIR parking lot while crew was patronizing OTHER businesses? Did the convenience store employees leave messages to not take up their parking spaces while the crew is elsewhere?
Dave Adler Dave Adler Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:25:56 PM No... the ambulance was on an emergency call in THEIR store assisting one of THEIR customers.
Geoff Coder Geoff Coder Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:54:56 PM Wow...what a dipshit...
Dave Kathrens Dave Kathrens Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:58:25 PM The only people allowed to boot a vehical is law enforcement the store should be held liable as well as the employee besides being fired he should have charges filled against him as well as the store oweners.
Katherine Messier Katherine Messier Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:15:48 AM You can't fix stupid in any language!
Jelly Andrews Jelly Andrews Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:18:51 AM Oh. It’s unfortunate. Didn’t the culprit know that it is a medical emergency? Even a slight delay in it might cause further damage or even death to the patient. And I think it is very clear that the van is an ERV. -
Floyd Morgan Floyd Morgan Wednesday, December 05, 2012 8:25:24 AM Not sure what is more crazy this article or the responses to it. OMG people read the article.
Sue Spalding Sue Spalding Sunday, December 09, 2012 9:14:54 PM is this individual claims that he couldn't read the word "ambulance", is he also claiming that he did not recognize the name of his City in huge lettering on the side of the emergency vehicle with the tell tale flashing lights?
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