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NoLa Ambulance Gets the Boot

No More Po' Boys From That Place

A NEW ORLEANS EMS UNIT was parked with its emergency lights on, outside Quicky's Discount convenience store while the medics were tending to a man inside who had chest pains.  After they took care of him and packaged him up, they brought the patient out to the ambulance and prepared to transport him to the hospital.  But the ambulance wouldn't go anywhere because some zealous store employee had slipped outside and "booted" the unit while the crew was taking care of the critically-ill customer.

WWL-TV

Eventually one of the store employees came out and unlocked the boot, but it left the tire flat.  Strike two.

WWL-TV

Another ambulance was dispatched to transport the patient and WWL-TV dispatched a news crew to file this video report from the scene:

 

Quicky's Discount Convenience Store
(Google Street View)

Quicky's is located at 2701 Tulane Ave.  They do not have a website, but they do have a telephone:  504-822-8977

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Comments - Add Yours

  • http://www.rmesfire.org/ Jason Low

    I did a very brief search last night when I first saw this story to see if there’s anything that the store employees could be charged with. I found “interference with medical treatment” which covers paramedics, but the fines are a puny $100-$250 for first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. IMO the store employee and/or owners should be financially responsible for (a) the treatment and transport of the patient, (b) repairs to the ambulance, and (c) wages and other costs (i.e. standard response fees, etc) for the 2nd ambulance to be dispatched to the call. They should also be forbidden to perform this booting operation ever again.

    • firegeezer

      If the citizens don’t care enough to start shopping somewhere else, how about the FF and EMT unions setting up an informational picket line for a week?

  • mr618

    At least here in the northeast, businesses generally are not allowed to boot vehicles – the most they can do is call a tow truck. If a store employee did, in fact, boot the vehicle, what was his/her/its basis for doing so? Obviously, the crew wasn’t there to eat, but equally obviously, the crew hadn’t parked at the c-store to go next door to McDonalds. Certainly, a few things need to happen: (1) the employee who placed the boot needs to be fired, charged under LA law (even if, as Mr Low pointed out, the penalties are insulting), (2) the store manager and other employees need training on when, and when NOT, to boot a vehicle, (3) the store needs to be slapped as Mr Low recounts, and (4) all the staff members involved need to be slapped silly.