Restaurant Allegedly Tells Sick Teen to Call 9-1-1 Via Pay Phone - News - @ JEMS.com


Restaurant Allegedly Tells Sick Teen to Call 9-1-1 Via Pay Phone

The teen was having an asthma attack


 
 

UPI | | Thursday, March 7, 2013


LONDON, Ontario -- A teen experiencing an asthma attack said he was turned down when he asked to use a phone at a Tim Hortons restaurant in Canada to call for help.

Brett Wolfe, 17, was at the coffee shop in London, Ontario, Sunday when he started having breathing problems and asked to use the phone, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

"They said, 'There's a pay phone across the street.' Well, I said 'I need to call 911, I'm short of breath, I'm having an asthma attack' and they just ignored me," Wolfe said.

CBC said another patron in the coffee shop called paramedics with a cellphone.

Tim Hortons said the teen did ask to use the phone, but didn't say he was in distress until an employee went to get a manager, CBC said.

In a statement sent to CBC, Tim Hortons said "our restaurants normally handle these unique situations right in the vast majority of cases. In this particular situation, this team member misjudged the circumstances."
 




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, 9-1-1

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Tempe’s Drug Dilemma

Dealing with overdoses.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

I’m a Paramedic

Profile of a Northshore LIJ medic.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Riding with Busy Welsh Ambulances

EMS crews struggle under mounting pressures.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Albuquerque Unveils New Rescue Unit

Mayor and residents celebrate new ambulance.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Nightwatch Series Premiere Party

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman attends the series premiere of A&E's new reality show, "Nightwatch."
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Chemical Investigation

Chemicals and suspicious package are probed at two locations
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Cincinnati Overpass Collapse

Fatal pancake collapse occurs during demolition.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >