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Man who 'booted' ambulance fired, cited

The convenience store worker had booted an ambulance while medics were inside the store helping a patient

By EMS1 Staff

NEW ORLEANS — A convenience store worker who booted an ambulance while crews were inside the store tending to a patient has been cited and fired.

Ahmed Sidi Aleywa was issued a citation by New Orleans police for simple criminal damage and was terminated from his job at Mr. Quicky's convenience store, according to WWLTV.

Sidi Alewya put a boot on the ambulance Friday while crews were helping a man inside the store who has having a life-threatening medical problem.

A police report said that Side Alewya didn't realize that he had booted an ambulance and added that he doesn't speak English.

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Lisa Bell Lisa Bell Monday, December 03, 2012 3:46:44 PM here is a simple question.... how do you NOT know you booted an ambulance? I mean its a big white box with flashy lights and the word AMBULANCE written on it.
Chris Starkey Chris Starkey Monday, December 03, 2012 3:47:33 PM even if he doesn't speek english I think he could have realized it was an emregancy vehical. if you dropped me anywere in the world I could spot and emergancy vehical by the lights stickers oh and the people with uniforms and the cot coming out of it.
Christopher Maloney Christopher Maloney Monday, December 03, 2012 3:48:35 PM Why are stores booting anything?
Mike Robinson Mike Robinson Monday, December 03, 2012 3:49:28 PM Didin't know it was an AMBULANCE...yeah right, red lights and stupid can you
Chris Starkey Chris Starkey Monday, December 03, 2012 3:51:18 PM I'm so glad I'm not hte only one that trhought like this. but my lord does somoebody make hure this operson is safe by him self. he needs to fill out an I D 10 T form for corprate ( idiot ).
Toni Barabino Renfroe Blackston Toni Barabino Renfroe Blackston Monday, December 03, 2012 3:51:39 PM I would never spend my money in there.
David Sena David Sena Monday, December 03, 2012 3:55:08 PM I don't speak Arabic, and I know what an ambulance looks like here in Kuwait.
John D. Luna John D. Luna Monday, December 03, 2012 3:59:32 PM I wonder how ambulances look like in the country where he's from
James A. Poitras James A. Poitras Monday, December 03, 2012 4:01:29 PM Speak english or not he had the emergency personel in his store, the Vehicle had medical markings and red flashing lights. Come on, really did not know? His firing was the right move. I would have fired him just for being an Idiot.
Kevin Carpenter Kevin Carpenter Monday, December 03, 2012 4:08:11 PM bull shit! he knew what he done...
Rick Hilton Rick Hilton Monday, December 03, 2012 4:11:59 PM Well if he is unable to speak the language, then why was he given the power to "boot" a vehicle.
Kevin Sands Kevin Sands Monday, December 03, 2012 4:12:07 PM Dumb Fuck
John Gleichweit John Gleichweit Monday, December 03, 2012 4:12:53 PM Ambulances look like ambulances, no matter where you are. I'm not a world traveler, but I could point out an ambulance, fire apparatus, or police vehicle wherever I got dropped.
Johnny Carpenter Johnny Carpenter Monday, December 03, 2012 4:18:00 PM Really, no matter where you go in this world, ambulances are ambulances..... Flashing lights, lots of noise, they maybe painted different, with different markings, but really.... This action has much more behind it.
Brad Bear Borst Brad Bear Borst Monday, December 03, 2012 4:18:13 PM If he doesn't speak English how the hell does he deal with customers? And how did he not realize it was an ambulance? they look the same the world over.
Shelley A. Parker Shelley A. Parker Monday, December 03, 2012 4:28:53 PM idiots!
Stacer Damen Stacer Damen Monday, December 03, 2012 4:32:39 PM Justice prevails?
Matt Donnell Matt Donnell Monday, December 03, 2012 4:43:14 PM I guess the experts are right, those flashing lights don't make a bit of difference. Anecdotal, I have always been amazed at the number of people who have mistaken my box as being a bakery delivery truck. Gimme back my Cadillac!
Tom Webster Tom Webster Monday, December 03, 2012 4:46:14 PM The ambulances look just like the ones in the middle east... Except for the lettering... as Walter would say, "DUMBASS"....
Walter Long Walter Long Monday, December 03, 2012 4:50:59 PM The guy can't speak English,odds are he can't READ English either so the word "AMBULANCE' written on the side of the vehicle meant nothing to him.. I see your point but read the article.
Scott Hayes Scott Hayes Monday, December 03, 2012 5:00:15 PM send his ass back to his own country.
Dennis Worden Dennis Worden Monday, December 03, 2012 5:00:41 PM Maybe they should add "interference with EMS personnel" to simple criminal damage charges.
Gary Wesolowski Gary Wesolowski Monday, December 03, 2012 5:08:55 PM I have been a paramedic well over 20 years. Have seen some of the most ignorant people in that period. If this moron can't figure out that booting an ambulance is wrong then literacy is the least of his problems. Send the idiot back our gene pool is shallow enough.
Joe Guendert Joe Guendert Monday, December 03, 2012 5:15:05 PM You can recognize one but the real question is... can you spell "emergency" OR "vehicle"?
Sharon McGehee Sharon McGehee Monday, December 03, 2012 5:30:26 PM How did he not know he booted an ambulance? I mean seriously! Did he not see the medics in side helping a patient and not to mention the big flashing lights! Does this man live in a bubble? It does not take long even if you are from another country to realize its an emergency vehicle.
Ems Pulse Ems Pulse Monday, December 03, 2012 5:31:52 PM Emergency lights in any country all mean the same thing. He probably thought he was being cute, and it cost him as it should.
Ron Harp Ron Harp Monday, December 03, 2012 6:19:02 PM If he can't speak English, why the hell is he working in a Convenience store?
Ray Rivera Jr. Ray Rivera Jr. Monday, December 03, 2012 6:19:26 PM That was an act of terrorism
Annmarie Gadbois Annmarie Gadbois Monday, December 03, 2012 6:20:17 PM Said is full of bull.
Lynn Foss Lynn Foss Monday, December 03, 2012 6:33:09 PM This was shear stupidity and the fact that he does not speak English has no bearing on it. Sometimes common sense has to prevail. Also, since when should a store be allowed to "boot" a vehicle. Shouldn't that be up to the police department?
Annmarie Gadbois Annmarie Gadbois Monday, December 03, 2012 7:08:04 PM or work in a convenience store in the US wouldn't he have to read things behind the register or elsewhere in the store?
Katie Goldman Katie Goldman Monday, December 03, 2012 7:17:10 PM LAME A$ excuse! I don't care if you don't speak English! #1 You work at a convenience store, you're not a cop or parking enforcement officer, so you shouldn't be "booting" anything! #2 BS you didn't know it was an ambulance! I think it's hilarious and deserved that in the end, he got BOOTED!
Thomas Barden Thomas Barden Monday, December 03, 2012 7:32:45 PM How about booting the store owners for hiring some one like that?
Shawn Davis Shawn Davis Monday, December 03, 2012 7:37:06 PM Well this is just another reason they don't deserve to be here in this country.
David Boston David Boston Monday, December 03, 2012 7:37:13 PM Um, the flashing lights and siren when they pulled up weren't a clue? How about the star of life which is recognized all over the world? oh ok just checking.
Bob Umphred Bob Umphred Monday, December 03, 2012 7:50:04 PM Come on Shawn, can't go condemning a whole group of people because of a few jerks. Wonder how many people the Italian Mafia killed, do the Italians not belong here? The Irish Drunks, The Germans for World War 2. Look at many of the terror acts done in this country, most done by white Americans.
Makale Miller Makale Miller Monday, December 03, 2012 9:03:02 PM "He doesn't speak english". WHY THE GODDAMN FUCK WERE YOU MANNING THE PHONE THEN? Fucking hate humanity. Burn it. We're done as a species.
Jeff Martin Jeff Martin Monday, December 03, 2012 9:29:12 PM Diddn't realize he booted an ambulance? WTF? This guy makes dumba## of the year. Weren't the flashing lights be a clue not to boot the vehicle doesn't speak english yet he works in this country.......learn the language........get a clue.
Lorrie Carlson Lorrie Carlson Tuesday, December 04, 2012 3:07:18 AM so why did the emt get fired? that is so not fair..he's an American doing his job and saving lives and paying taxes yet the convenience store owner "Can't read English" is he paying his taxes?
Robby Hub Robby Hub Tuesday, December 04, 2012 8:49:37 AM Ever seen foreign ambulances? Ambulance has very similar spelling in many languages.
Brian Howard Brian Howard Tuesday, December 04, 2012 1:20:35 PM As Private Property Owners they have the right to enforce parking on their property. I'm not defending them in this case but this is common practice around the Country.
Tom Skelton Tom Skelton Tuesday, December 04, 2012 3:53:59 PM Send him packing!
Tom Skelton Tom Skelton Tuesday, December 04, 2012 3:55:09 PM Or spell speak ??
Frank Cantone Frank Cantone Tuesday, December 04, 2012 4:21:10 PM This arab piece of shit knew exactly what he did, they hate Americans!
Frank Cantone Frank Cantone Tuesday, December 04, 2012 4:26:41 PM Lets be real people, stop justifying this behavior, this patient could have died, then his family sues everyone. We go out everyday to help sick people,putting our lives at risk. We as ems are the least respected andmost unerpaid in public service,why wasnt he arrested and charged with felony charges? Put a boot on a cop car and see what happens
Anne Krippner Akers Falaschi Anne Krippner Akers Falaschi Tuesday, December 04, 2012 4:56:15 PM Everyone else has pretty much said what I think about this except where someone commented that it was a common practice around the country to "boot" to protect the store's parking, but PLEASE! That guy is a moron does he run a store without speaking or reading ENGLISH!
Katrina Armanda Nadeau Katrina Armanda Nadeau Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:21:22 PM just one more anti american free to walk this nation.
Jeff Hamlin Jeff Hamlin Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:02:06 PM The comments referring to Mr. Starkey's spelling are uncalled for and immaterial to the discussion.
Jeff Hamlin Jeff Hamlin Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:03:55 PM Try making an intelligent comment instead of spewing racist drivel.
Jeff Hamlin Jeff Hamlin Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:05:53 PM Gotta love all the ignorant racist comments in here.....
Doug Torres Doug Torres Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:28:13 PM Then learn english if you want to live in this country.
Ida Moses Ida Moses Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:39:37 PM ...and what did he think about the lights and medical symbols on the ambulance...and why are we allowing people to immigrate and work if they cannot speak or read English (if he is a legal immigrant?)
Ashley Hiott Ashley Hiott Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:58:53 PM Learn English.
Doug House Doug House Tuesday, December 04, 2012 7:40:46 PM If he doesn't speak English, I wonder how he got a green card or citizenship. Is he allowed to work in the U.S.
Donna Graham Hammond Donna Graham Hammond Tuesday, December 04, 2012 7:43:04 PM Aren't ambulances all over the world almost the same? They are usually designed with similiar lights and star of life because of language barrier.
Bruce Hennequin Bruce Hennequin Tuesday, December 04, 2012 7:54:42 PM So now, when its convenient, no speaky English is a defense yet racist when we say they should learn the language of the land
Robert Hutson Robert Hutson Tuesday, December 04, 2012 8:23:26 PM May have the right, but this acion could get someone killed in some communities I have been i.
Jack Stevens Jack Stevens Tuesday, December 04, 2012 9:10:30 PM Here in Ohio that would be a felony for disrupting public services.
Zoey Bear Tur Zoey Bear Tur Tuesday, December 04, 2012 9:46:35 PM BECAUSE HE GETS A KICKBACK FOR EVERY BOOT FEE... That's why he booted the big truck with the Infidel lights. M-O-N-E-Y.
Kellye De La Rosa Kellye De La Rosa Tuesday, December 04, 2012 9:52:01 PM That ass needs to learn English should go back to work came from!
Charles Henke Charles Henke Tuesday, December 04, 2012 10:45:10 PM "Side Alewya didn't realize that he had booted an ambulance and added that he doesn't speak English." <--Excuse me, but maybe he should learn that "the box truck with EMS on the side with flashing lights on it means don't boot the Ambulance"... I guess this wasn't taught in his Immigration Class. I got just 3 things to ponder here... 1. Mr. Aleywa received just a citation for Simple Criminal Damage? How about an ARREST for Criminal Obstruction and Hindering EMS in performance of duty? (also, charges for criminal douche-baggery in the 1st degree?) 2. An Automatic INS check? 3. I hope the patient sues "Mr. Quicky", since his care wasn't so quick. (sorry, I had to joke on the name; I don't see our 7-11's in Michigan actually booting Ambulances, just saying.)
Charles Henke Charles Henke Tuesday, December 04, 2012 10:53:07 PM I think Mr. Alewya needs to attend the Mr. Jules "learn english" class; since what is no country I've ever heard of...
Deborah Baldwin Phillips Deborah Baldwin Phillips Wednesday, December 05, 2012 12:00:38 AM Jeff Hamlin - thank you for your insightful comments about this most unfortunate incident. We are all outsiders looking in. I feel there is probably more to this story than what is printed.
Bruce Hennequin Bruce Hennequin Wednesday, December 05, 2012 4:22:04 AM Would some of you people read what you plan to post BEFORE you post it? Please! Some of you sound like the redneck bigots the liberal media says this country is full of. Maybe this guy made a mistake, maybe he did it intentionally but "an act of terrorism", c'mon. Use the brain the Lord gave you and THINK for a change. If you are on this page, you likely have something to do with public safety and that means that you have at 'least a lick of sense'....quit being the stereotype....JEEZ. And R E A D the article BEFORE you comment on the headline....
Christopher Maloney Christopher Maloney Wednesday, December 05, 2012 4:52:40 AM I didn't realize they owned the street.
Lorrie Carlson Lorrie Carlson Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:09:16 AM Furthermoe, aren''t the only people who can "boot" a vehicle supposed to be law enforements..not a store owner......Hmmm.....The police would NOT boot an ambulance and why does he have one in the first place..isn't that illegal? He needs to answer for this..not the American who lost his job!
Kevin McDonald Kevin McDonald Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:43:44 AM Ah yes, "foreign ambulances": yank 'em off the curb, ball 'em up & pitch 'em in, 110 mph down the road, takin turns on two wheels, skid to a stop and finally drag whatever is left inside while screaming at the top of yer lungs! No, they had no idea what they were looking at. Be glad he wasn't placing a VBIED.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:58:36 AM This is why the world community has standards across the globe....the Red Crescent, Red Cross, Star of Life, etc..if you look at the Ambulance it was clearly marked....which indicates that the vehicle's operators can render their given level of care represented on the six pointed star. It makes no difference if the man spoke English or not the red/blue and clear flashing lights (which the articles say were activated) should have been an indicator.....sounds like this gent wanted to just boot a vehicle...The active visual warnings (AVW) are usually in the form of flashing coloured lights (also known as 'beacons' or 'lightbars'). As a career Marine I have been in 22 countries and they are all the same no matter the Ambulance is an Ambulance be it a Ford/Chev Pickup truck in South America to a van in Lebanon...............
Brandon Turnbow Brandon Turnbow Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:17:24 AM Another cool common practice around the country is to speak English... just sayin
Amanda Tutolo Amanda Tutolo Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:24:53 AM ambulances all over the world look pretty much the same, except for the shape of the vehicle. plus, the lights were on while they were inside. theres no way this guy didnt know what he was doing.
Amanda Tutolo Amanda Tutolo Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:27:16 AM jeff is the comment police. dont say anything out of line or he will let you know.
Sean Alan Morris Sean Alan Morris Wednesday, December 05, 2012 8:02:31 AM Brian Howard, it may be common in New Orleans, but I'd wager one of the reasons people are so incredulous about this, is because the practice is not that common around the country. It is certainly news to me, and I've been all around this great country of ours. Not that this makes me any type of authority on this sort of thing, I just doubt it would be tolerated on a national level.
Roy Buttron Roy Buttron Wednesday, December 05, 2012 8:45:33 AM An ambulance is an ambulance in any country..they basically ALL look the same, there are americans that cant read, but they know what an ambulance is..
Dan Morales Dan Morales Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:30:23 AM Where's Border Patrol? Or are we just after mexicans.
Robin Printy Robin Printy Wednesday, December 05, 2012 1:58:54 PM And I thought the Meter Maids in nre York were stupid! Why are civilians being allowed to boot vehicles, and why doesn't this civilian attempt to learn English?
Robert Kasper Robert Kasper Wednesday, December 05, 2012 4:11:15 PM Hopefully Sidi Alewya will now have the time to learn, speak, read and understand English. I want him to understand what a petty, mean spirited, small minded jerk he really is......
Matt LaLone Matt LaLone Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:45:14 PM I'd have to say the part that got me the most is that the Medics were in the Quicky store tending to a patient, so how did Mr. Aleywa not notice the commotion in his own store?
Stephan Saint Stephan Saint Thursday, December 06, 2012 5:41:13 AM Christopher Maloney: The ambo wasn't parked on the street, it was in the parking lot, which IS private property. Doesn't make it any better though.
Friday, December 07, 2012 1:01:34 AM Justice prevails, not only is the ex-employee who did the booting fired. The fact that this store will go out of it's way to prevent customer's who may need the police, the fire department or the ambulance. No one is ever going to be going to Mr. Quicky's convenience store, such is the curse these two news articles will bring the store's owners for hiring someone who is so unqualified for the job.
Sean P Jones Sean P Jones Friday, December 07, 2012 4:10:20 PM Cause he has to support himself somehow.
Robert Gift Robert Gift Saturday, December 08, 2012 4:55:06 PM Needs to speak English to recognize that IT'S AN AMBULANCE, MORON?
Sue Spalding Sue Spalding Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:45:08 PM no doubt, I have been in several countries, and the 1 thing I always do is take pictures of the police fire and EMS vehicles. it's pretty easy to tell which is which. even when I was in Venice, and the emergency response vehicles were boats. That has to be the lamest excuse I've ever heard.
Sue Spalding Sue Spalding Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:52:12 PM yeah most of them have orange instead of red paint maybe. the European countries tend to use the Mercedes models. maybe their lights are blue instead of red. but of all the countries have been to their very distinctive
Sue Spalding Sue Spalding Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:54:15 PM Oops, "they're". gotta love voice to text recognition.
Sue Spalding Sue Spalding Sunday, December 09, 2012 9:07:05 PM in case anyone is interested in all the different ways ambulance appears in every language of the world, check out Babylon
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:34:59 AM Not speaking english is no excuse, how do you not know there is a person with life threatening problem inside your own store with uniformed EMTs standing around him with all their gear and a gurney? Then there is the Ambulance parked outside, highly visible, can not be confused for anything else.... EVER, all of them have some sort of emblem or icon plastered all over them like the star of life which is only put on ambulances let alone the flashy lights and the obvious visible color usually Red, White or occasionally, yellow. I say the employee knew the person or was angry with the EMT crew from a previous visit or incident and wanted to get revenge. He is just pulling his "I don't speak English" card as a BS excuse. I don't buy it for a second. It was intentional, has to be. He deserved to get fired.

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