Damn N.A.Ts! Leave the old and disabled alone! How low can they go???
Let's hope the story going viral gets her a new ramp!
Sent to RHU from Hiedi, here is her plea to the NATs:
A Northeast Portland woman is trapped in her house after her wheelchair ramp is ripped off.
"It was aluminum with red trim on the railing," Norma Cakebread said.
Norma Cakebread is 73 years old. She and her adult son are both disabled. They are living off Social Security payments and generosity from Meals on Wheels.
Cakebread and her son need the ramp to get in and out of their home. She contacted police when it was stolen from her porch Sunday night. Meals on Wheels emailed KATU about the theft.
"I didn't hear anything. So they must have lifted it," Cakebread said.
Cakebread said the ramp was a gift and is valued at $400. She does not have the money to replace it and says there will be no questions asked if someone does return it.
"Please bring it back. I need it. You don't know how tied down I am. I worry if there is an emergency or something. How would I get out of here?" Cakebread said.
When my petrol station changed hands, a lot of people didn't get that; even though it was the same staff we were a very different company. We don't take AmEx and we don't take any vouchers or coupons at all.
A lot of people would get their newspapers along with their fuel and many of them got very upset when we shook their little worlds and would be very vocal about it.
One particular chap was a real blusterer, he was an older man, I won't say gentleman because he really wasn't. He was sweetness and light as he told me which pump he is on and hands me a newspaper and as I am ringing it up he also hands me a coupon for that paper. I politely and apologetically say that we don't accept them and he erupts. Mount Vesuvius in action.
Older Man: "You've always taken these before!"
"We're a different company now, sir, I'm sorry but head office has refused all coupons and vouchers." I'm trying to be polite and smiling.
Older Man: "You aren't a Coup? You still have the same signs!"
Me: "No, sir, we don't."
Older Man: "You are lying! I saw them!"
Older Man: "So what company is this?"
Me: "It's an Irish company called Petrofuel, sir.
Older Man: "So who pays your wages?"
Me: "Petrofuel, sir, it's an Irish company."
Older Man: "Who do you pay your taxes to?"
Me: "I pay my taxes to the government, sir."
By now I have a big, shit eating grin on my face and my voice is sickly sweet. He is not getting any joy from me and I am not budging an inch. He grudgingly pays and actually stomps out, like a little boy.
I watch him go and he is walking all over the forecourt looking for one sign, just one, that this is not a Coup. He didn't have any luck at all. Oddly, I never saw him again.
From Reddit: At FedEx yesterday to drop off some forms for work, then all of a sudden...car.
This is just terrible, but another reason Walmart doesn't really care about the humans. When will the custys learn??? There needs to be a campaign about it. When you step foot on Walmart property you are on your own. No one is going to help you for any reason...medical emergency, car accident, fight, rape, ...you name the violence or disaster....Walmart has made it clear by their past actions, any employee helping a custy in any way will be fired. They have created this atmosphere and we will continue to see unfortunate stories of abusive walmart custys and their victims.
The other issue here is over store security - no matter how amazing they might be - they never seem to be around when they are really needed. We've all had dealt with that in our Retail Hells!
From CBS News:
HIGHLAND (CBSLA.com) — A 68-year-old woman was claiming Thursday management at a Highland Walmart told her not to contact police after she was allegedly assaulted inside the store.
Linda Andrade, of San Bernardino, said she was shopping inside the Walmart store at 4210 E. Highland Ave. on March 13 around 5 p.m. when a man allegedly come up behind her and pulled her gold chain.
“All of a sudden I was jerked back,” she told KCAL. “I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Your mind is going a million miles.”
Although stunned by the ambush, she kept her cool. Surveillance video of the attack shows the suspect tearing the necklace off her neck. It falls to the ground and Andrade confronts the suspect, who approaches her again before running off, leaving the necklace on the ground.
It was after the attack that Andrade said she felt victimized again — this time by Walmart management.
Andrade said she screamed for help but no one came.
Eventually when she spoke with store management about contacting police, she said was told not to because it would take officers a while to show up.
“She says well if you want me to call the police you’ll have to wait here for two to three hours,” she said.
After she returned home, Andrade contacted San Bernardino police, who arrived within 15 minutes.
San Bernardino Police said Walmart dropped the ball.
“The fact that we didn’t get the call on something like this when it’s a grand theft person involving a senior, you know a senior is a protected class in our society and we should have gotten the number one response on this,” said Lt. Richard Lawhead.
Walmart issued a statement afterwards as well as an apology to Andrade.
“We are committed to providing our customers with a safe shopping environment. While we can’t always prevent crime from happening, we can definitely do a better job of how we respond in a situation like this,” Walmart Spokeswoman Dianna Gee said. “We have reached out to Ms. Andrade to apologize for how this was handled. We have also reiterated our policies and procedures to those involved. We will work with local law enforcement to provide any information we have such as surveillance video to help identify the suspect responsible.”
As for Andrade, she was relieved that the necklace her husband gave her 30 years ago was not stolen, but she’s still shaken up.
“I never dreamt anyone would come up behind me like that and try to pull my necklace off,” she said.
At this point police say there is no evidence of a pattern of crime at this Walmart or in the area, but their investigation continues.
I had one old biddy give me the stink eye at a store once. I still find the situation funny.
I was buying 5 or 6 things (for something like 7 euros), and paying in 10/20/50 cents coins. I wouldn't have done that if it wasn't for the fact that here it's a machine that counts the coins, not the poor retail slave. Sure, it did take some time because you can't just dump the coins; they go in one by one.
The old witch behind me muttered something like, "grumble grumble some people have things to do grumble."
It made me smile because it was Tuesday afternoon, in an almost empty store. It's usually old people that take all the time in the world, making the rest of us have to wait while they dig for change at the bottoms of their purses.
Turnabout is fair play, and it's not like she was trapped at one register with no one else to ring her up. She could have very easily gone to the next register over if she truly was in a hurry to ring up her few items during the dead time. Instead, she just gave me a sour pickle look and muttered in complaining tones.
Youtube: 87-year-old Carl and 81-year-old Barbara Becker of Rixeyville, Virginia made headlines when news of their letter to the editor, detailing an episode at the Culpeper McDonald's, spread and eventually got them free meals for life.
The couple says that fast food employees kicked them out of the restaurant because they were sitting "too long."
The pair were enjoying their regular routine of a mid-afternoon McDonald's snack they call "scrunch" (between supper and lunch), when they were stopped by an employee cleaning up. Ms. Becker told WTTG Fox 5, "The dust started kicking up and it was just flying everywhere and she says, 'Does this bother you?' And I said, 'Only if you like to eat dirt does it not bother me.'"
After the incident with the Mickey D's employee, the manager approached. "He says, 'You two have to leave. Your half hour's up and we have to clean this floor,now,'" recalled the great-grandmother of 16. Carl told WJLA ABC 7, "I never had an experience like that in my life."
WTTG reported that they found no signs at the McDonald's indicating a 30-minute time limit.The couple left the restaurant and kept their attitude of going with the flow and laughing things off, but not before Barbara let the manager know he needed some additional training.
When they returned home, Carl drafted his letter to the editor and sent it off to the Culpeper Star Exponent.
Background information: I'm a CNA, and work in a nursing home. I've been doing this job/type of work for about 5 years.
Story: Come in at 2:30, ready to bust my ass and get shit done. Awesome Day Shift (henceforth referred to as ADS) says today was insane.
One patient on a clear liquid diet. Different patient called 911, stating she was at the grocery store, laying in the parking lot, and no one had stopped to help her. New patient had just arrived at 2.
Dude co-worker (henceforth referred to as PIC, Partner In Crime) is a newer aide to facility.
Getting people up and ready for supper is going alright, but new patient, aka Princess, is on her call light every ten minutes. Why? She wants a walker, because she "can't keep getting around using her bedside wheely table anymore."
Lady, you had pneumonia. You haven't received a PT evaluation yet; I can't give you anything like that until we get that evaluation. Went to Charge Nurse and asked her about it. I was sent on a goose chase to find PT and figure out what the Gorram Hell is going on. PT lady says to leave a note, and they'll figure it out later.
We serve supper at 5. CLP calls me in to change him; fine, 'Tis my job. Didn't tell me until after I had positioned him in a power chair after changing that he wanted to wear different pants.
Get up to supper at 5:15 and get scolded by nurse when I mention I had changed him, d/t her needing to give him a suppository. Sorry, nurse lady, I forgot. I was telling you about his poo, and you yell at me? Whatever.
Supper is served. Dietary aide is leaving and leaves her dirty utensils in the sink without the garbage disposal. Seriously, dietary? Give me more work because you're too lazy to rinse 6 spoons.
Had crazy old lady hit me a few times while I was washing her up. Why, I'll never know. Dementia is a whole other can of worms.
Got yelled at by ex-alcoholic patient and hit because she got herself all worked up over I don't even know what and then threatened to report me because I asked her to calm down.
Got yelled at by CLP because I wouldn't give him tapioca pudding (not a clear liquid, btw), I was trying to get ex-alcoholic patient to bed and wouldn't drop everything and get him jello right after he asked.
Princess was call-light happy, trigger finger everything. You got out of the hospital today, where they were pumping you full of antibiotics. Of course you're going to have the shits.
I had to keep telling PIC what to do and who to do. Nurse lady told me when she was in by cool patient, cool patient pushed call light by accident. PIC stood there for about 15 minutes staring at nurse lady while she worked.
I took a 10 minute lunch break because PIC took like an hour long lunch. Not cool, dude.
Only perks: I have a few decent patients that love me and make the job a bit easier.