In the Metro today, it was reported that an 18 year old girl, who was drunk and incapable, collapsed in a drunken heap and was attended to by an ambulance. As the girl was falling unconscious, a paramedic proceeded to give her a sternum rub. (Where you rub your knuckles on the person's breast bone, relatively hard, which usually has the effect of waking people up a bit). The girl proceeded to punch the paramedic, and then kick him. She has been given 150 hours of community service by Perth Sheriff Court.
First off, why was she so drunk she couldn't remain in a state where she could get herself home?
Secondly, there's a massive difference between a paramedic applying the old sternum rub, and someone trying to feel you up. I know what a sternum rub feels like when sober, and it's not pleasant.
Thirdly, will she actually learn anything from this 150 hour community service order?
I would like to see her sent to assist the paramedic she assaulted for 150 hours, and see the sort of abuse they take. I think that would be a worthwhile experience for her, and would perhaps make her appreciate just what these people face, and do on a day to day basis.
I have never understood why people assault folk from particularly the ambulance service and fire brigade? Don't they realise these people are putting their lives on the line for us?