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Cocky guide dog sticker explained

I finally got around to solving a little mystery that has been puzzling me for a long time.

It’s more than a year since I first spotted a few of the stickers seen below, around Duke Street (and near Tennant’s Wellpark Brewery – but I never knew that would be significant), and wondered what they meant. Sadly, there are actually some sad people who can afford to have idiot nonsense stickers printed, and just throw them up for no apparent reason – I thought this was maybe an example of that affliction, so never really bothered about them.

But a few have survived the weathering and tidy-ups, and I decided to snap one, and see if there was anything online – there was…

Cockier Guide Dogs Sticker

Cockier Guide Dogs Sticker

Seems that Tennent’s Wellpark was:

a new Scottish series of online comedy sketches, has been released on YouTube and social media.

Developed by a collective of up-and-coming talent that were brought together by Tennent’s Lager, Wellpark was borne out of the hope to create something not only funny, but also bold and original.

Well, I don’t have the time to sit through the rest – but I hope they are better this truly dire offering…

There’s probably a good joke in there – but whoever thought this one up certainly didn’t find it.

Still, staying positive, at least I solved the mystery of the sticker.


May 17, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Ambulance crew refuses to allow guide dog to accompany blind woman to Aberdeen hospital

I saw an example of the sort of ridiculous consequences I predicted from allowing Jobsworth’s to exercise their power by using the excuse of ‘health and safety’, and of untrained persons being allowed to exercise decisions on the same basis.

The crew of an ambulance provided to take a blind woman with terminal cancer to hospital for treatment refused to allow her guide dog to accompany her. Their reason given was they dog needed a special harness that could be bolted to the ambulance floor. Worse still, when she asked the crew to consult with their control, they refused.

Ultimately, she was forced to travel alone to receive treatment, and spent six hours alone in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, without her guide dog to help her.

The polite word is ridiculous, and the crew’s non-cooperative response regarding contacting their control is simply inexcusable if true, and should be a disciplinary matter. Even if the answer had been a categoric NO, if they gave a damn about patient care, they should have made the call.

One has to ask what sort of training they had, and what sort of people they were anyway, and were of the right attitude for such a patient-facing job. As representatives of the ambulance service, they’re not a very good advert. Even if you think you might not be able to help, outright refusal of a request for help from a blind person, and one attending cancer treatment, is nothing short of callous.

A spokesman for the Scottish ambulance Service said: “We will be writing to the patient concerned to apologise for any inconvenience caused and assure her that the appropriate steps have now been taken to make sure that this does not happen again and that her guide dog can accompany her in future.”

Mrs McCafferty added: “An apology is no good. I’m not only with dealing with being blind but I have terminal cancer. It’s so important for me to have my dog. I feel like I’ve been discriminated.”

Blind woman refused guide dog in ambulance | Aberdeen and North | STV News

The STV report is worth taking a moment to review, as it contains a video interview with Mrs McCafferty, where she gives her first-hand account of the event.

Later report

However, the patient-transport crew refused to allow the Labrador to go in the ambulance taking her from her home in the Aberdeenshire town of Peterhead to Aberdeen, wrongly claiming the dog required a special harness which could be bolted to the floor.

Mrs McCafferty, who has been registered blind since 2009, said last night: “It’s disgusting.

“I was crying when they forced me to leave Garner at home.

“On the drive through to Aberdeen, they were telling me it was their policy not to take dogs in the ambulance.

“They said that if I’d told them that the dog was coming with me, they would have ordered a special harness to bolt him to the floor.

“I’d never heard anything like it. He’s never needed a harness to travel before.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed last night that Mrs McCafferty should not have been told to leave her dog at home.

999 crew ban cancer patient’s guide dog for health and safety – News

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

I had a quick look at the Guide Dogs web site: Guide Dogs home

But could not spot any particular reference to travel in ambulances.

I’m not too surprised, since I think the mere thought that this should be a problem within one of the caring services verges on the ridiculous.

However, I did spot a recent vote of approval in The European Parliament on January 31, 2011, of the text of new rights which will be observed by EU governments, including the UK government, regarding travel on buses and coaches.

Guide Dogs eu agrees new rights to benefit disabled and older bus passengers

While this does not come into force until 2013, importantly, the rights contained will apply to all journeys, including local bus services.

Until then, UK charities will continue to campaign to see these regulations implemented without delay, in line with commitments made when the UK government ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

June 2, 2011 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment


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