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The never-ending conversation... - John C. Kirk

Jul. 30th, 2006

11:23 pm - The never-ending conversation...

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I was on SJA duty at an Anglo-Indian festival yesterday: fairly quiet (i.e. boring) for the most part, but there were a couple of interesting cases to deal with. Anyway, at the end of the duty we were packing up our tent when a couple of little girls wandered over to see what we were doing. This led to the following conversation (with a pause of a minute or so between each exchange).

First girl: "What's this tent for?"
Me: "It's for first aid."

Second girl: "What's this tent for?"
Me: "It's for first aid."

First girl: "Are you policemen?"
Me: "No, we're first aiders."

First girl: "Where's your police car?"
Me: "We don't have one, because we're not policemen."

I considered repeating "We're first aiders, in our first aid tent", but I didn't want to sound sarcastic. However, it did provide me with a motivation to get the tent packed quickly, rather than spending the rest of my life on that same conversation! Ah well, it's an occupational hazard when you wear the uniform... One of these days I'm going to take a photo of a policeman (with permission), then put up a webpage with a "spot the difference" list.

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From:alexmc
Date:July 31st, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
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How little were they? Maybe they didnt know what first aid was.
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From:susannahf
Date:July 31st, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
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Let's be honest though - a St John person (of either sex) without high vis on does look very similar to a police officer. With high vis, the difference is still minimal.

I was once walking around an Oxford (non-St John) duty with a colleague. I was wearing high vis and carrying the kit, he wasn't and was carrying the torch and radio. We were stopped by security, who said to him "I didn't realise the police had been called officer. Why are you escorting the paramedic?". It was some time before we were capable of answering...
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