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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Rick McDonaldMonday, December 03, 2012 12:53:25 PMSomebody needs to be arrested and fired.
Angela Ramey CornettMonday, December 03, 2012 1:34:37 PMThat's such crap! How could they get away with booting an ambulance?
Glennon MayerMonday, December 03, 2012 1:34:39 PMAre New Orleans police really that dumb gee that is where I want to go on Vacation NOT.
Michael LeonardMonday, December 03, 2012 1:37:26 PMlock up the person who put the boot on an fine the own.
Judd SonafeltMonday, December 03, 2012 1:38:49 PMThe City of Atlanta parking authority must have gone to the same training class.WTFO.
Jason KingsnorthMonday, December 03, 2012 1:40:12 PMRead the article before you bash the people who didn't do it.
Chino DiazMonday, December 03, 2012 1:40:15 PMIll put a "boot "......up someones A** for that.
Kim Weber PolackoMonday, December 03, 2012 1:40:18 PMOh man, I see STUPID written ALL over this one. Obviously the person that put the boot on was deaf DUMB AND blind! That's our tax dollars at work people. I'm so proud.
Andrew AJ JarrettMonday, December 03, 2012 1:43:30 PMHaving lived outside New Orleans for part of my life, I'm really not that surprised.
Joe HatchMonday, December 03, 2012 1:44:30 PMIn addition to being fired and arrested they need to be charged with endangering the public. How many calls got put on hold due to the lack of equipment because of this idiot?
Theo Kurowski-BelleauMonday, December 03, 2012 1:45:02 PMhope the store owner is arrested for distrubing a public official or interfiering with EMTs. he needs to be fined for the amount of the tire that had to be replaced. and y do stores get there own boots and is that legal to have. man if we had boots were I work we would need about 100 of them.
Sharon MiddletonMonday, December 03, 2012 1:56:55 PMI thought emergency vehicles on call were exempt from such things. who was it that made the decision to "Boot" them? That person needs to be the one charged. And if the patient dies, because of the delay, charged with murder.
Loretta BuehrleMonday, December 03, 2012 2:06:48 PMIt WASN'T the police, it was the convenience store's staff that booted the ambulance while the medics were attending to THEIR customer inside THEIR store.
Tindy McPhateMonday, December 03, 2012 2:09:48 PMLawsuit #1 - Tort Lawsuit for impeding critical care to a medical patient during emergency. Lawsuit # 2 - Damage of emergency equipment and # 3 Interruption of commerce.
Jody McKibbenMonday, December 03, 2012 2:16:16 PMThat is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of in my 23 years in the fire service.. They sure wouldn't do that if it was their family member..... I want to know which employee thought it was a smart idea to call 911 for an ambulance then turn around and boot the ambulance, how did they think that was going to help a customer in their store.. There is wonderful customer service for you... good grief.
Devlin O'RourkeMonday, December 03, 2012 2:17:59 PMwe have the same first name
Ron NelsonMonday, December 03, 2012 2:18:28 PMThe person/people from the store involved need to be charged with interference with an EMT, reckless endangerment and whatever else is appropriate, including the supervisor/manager if they even witnessed it and did nothing. (current vol FF/EMT and past ALS and dispatcher).
Jody McKibbenMonday, December 03, 2012 2:23:15 PMListen to the news article and look at the sign that they show on the side of the building IT IS THEIR LOT!
Lance DenotterMonday, December 03, 2012 2:32:44 PMWho the fuck is that fucking dumb that person that booted the ambulance needs his ass kicked up and down the street for being that dumb period huh the lights are on duh duh.
Patty Butler MartinMonday, December 03, 2012 2:51:16 PMThere is NO WAY a business, owner or otherwise, should have the "boot" to being with. That should only come from a legal attendant hired for those kinds of infraction....and I'm pretty sure an ambulance that is working is exempt to such action! Whomever allowed that owner to possess that boot should be in jail. I hope the person the ambulance was called for made it and will be okay....NO THANKS TO A STUPID CONVENIENT STORE STAFF! Maybe they should remember this if one of their relatives has to have an ambulance sometime.
Richard AnayaMonday, December 03, 2012 2:56:37 PMWell then maybe the fire department should remember that when the store is on fire and not take any of their equipment on the stores lot to put out the fire because IT IS THEIR LOT.
John J. BrazilMonday, December 03, 2012 3:00:03 PM? What! How bad is that.
Mike ArnoldMonday, December 03, 2012 3:06:35 PMthat is rediculous. who would even think to boot an emergency vehicle in the first place. but then again it is new orleans
Pascal HayMonday, December 03, 2012 3:22:41 PMState RS states that an emergency vehicle on an emergency call can park in "Their Lot". They broke the law.
HealingSpirits RanchandRescueMonday, December 03, 2012 3:55:45 PMONE LIABILITY of over eight million settled out of court sounds like the way to CURE THAT problem with those types of idiots who did that. DEK/HSRR
Dennis McKibbenMonday, December 03, 2012 4:24:58 PMShould have called in a truck that carried the jaws of life and cut the boot into little pieces and left them in thier lot!
Alan BrooksMonday, December 03, 2012 4:36:13 PMYea that was a smooth one.
Jason LowMonday, December 03, 2012 4:36:35 PMIn the very brief look in Louisiana law I took, the only thing that I found was "Interfering with medical treatment" - which does cover paramedics on an ambulance - but the fines ar $100 to $250 (max) for first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.
Make the store and its staff pay for the patient's treatment, the tire repairs, and ALL the costs of the 2nd ambulance (wages, response fee, etc).
Jacob WiersmaMonday, December 03, 2012 4:49:58 PMthe feds need to shut that store down and the police arrest whom ever put it on.
Alex PrinceMonday, December 03, 2012 5:07:07 PMSay it with me now; "NUMB NUTS!"
Steve TholeMonday, December 03, 2012 5:47:27 PMWTF Someone needs ta lose there job!
HealingSpirits RanchandRescueMonday, December 03, 2012 5:50:20 PMI concor sir, but civilly, the City, the subcontracted who had the contract to do that service "IS" Legally" interfering with medical and endangering a patient. That to me plenty of civil attorney's wil JUMP at the chance to represent the patient(s), the Ambulance Company who has the contract, and that can add up when they count the dollars for stupidity!!!
Wes MoatsMonday, December 03, 2012 5:57:28 PMIf get call for an ambulance for someone working there would use low gear on way.
Ray VanekMonday, December 03, 2012 6:04:56 PMWOW you just can't fix stupid!
Rsc HedrickMonday, December 03, 2012 6:20:01 PMIf this is true, and it appears to be, it is a sign of how stupid and/or inconsiderate people really are!
David CampbellMonday, December 03, 2012 6:36:45 PMI smell a couple of rocks through the front windows...........Boot that...
Jonathan BrackbillMonday, December 03, 2012 6:56:57 PMWow! Really!!! Well that store will be out of business whent he lawyers are done with them.
John BorowskiMonday, December 03, 2012 7:37:44 PMThe Policemen are your Friends!
Justin DowlingMonday, December 03, 2012 7:55:33 PMThey probably did it as a prank, and I hope they get fired AND be charged for "Interfering with medical treatment" (as Jason Low has pointed out as the only thing they can be charged with) and pay the patients transport charges!
William AllenMonday, December 03, 2012 8:49:38 PMI hope these characters don't have any off-spring breeding! There is no way anyone could be that stupid. Tell me its all a joke. I have heard it all now.
Steve MetchoMonday, December 03, 2012 8:53:23 PMWTF.........!!
Mitch AlspawMonday, December 03, 2012 8:59:53 PMthat's redonqulious to ever boot a emergency apperatus.
John LoveMonday, December 03, 2012 9:15:34 PMWTF...
Sheryl Dee Williams MemorialMonday, December 03, 2012 9:22:51 PMSoone needs a trip to the Graybar Hotel. Booting any Emergency Vehicle, wether on a call or not is criminal.
Bob AulerTuesday, December 04, 2012 2:02:28 AMin the '80s in champaign, illinois, a restaurant explosion left smoking ruins and people scorched and burned. across the street was a bob evans. the cook ran to help. he was instrumental in saving several people. on his return he was fired. can't leave those grits orders unfilled this has been a burden for the bob evans to carry for 30 years.
Rick HebertTuesday, December 04, 2012 2:40:02 AMAhhhh, only in the big easy
Owen RoseTuesday, December 04, 2012 7:43:35 PMThank you for questioning what you read or see online. It seems that most of it is fictionalized.
Andre Van HausenWednesday, December 05, 2012 12:01:08 PMThat's exactly what he gets for being old and having the audacity to experience chest pains in the south. Just like that Cohen Brothers flick this is "No Country For Old Men"...Next time we'll tow you away and you can be resuscitated in the impound surrounded by semi-feral guard dogs. This is america not a parking lot for EMT's and their patients....someone needs to get their ass fired STAT!
Barry KingWednesday, May 07, 2014 8:33:08 AMJason Low I agree totally with Jason. Along with the patient filling a civil suit against them. If that was my family, I would sue them big time and I'm not a sue happy kind of guy.