EXCLUSIVES
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+RSS Feed
Fire EMSEMS TodayEMS Insider

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

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."
 



RELATED ARTICLES

Scientists Work on ‘Battlefield MRI’

Los Alamos National Laboratory is designing a lower-tech, portable MRI.

California Woman Dies in Fall from Fair Ride

Patient fell 28 feet at San Bernardino County Fair.

69 Killed in Tanker Explosion in Nigeria

Runaway oil tanker exploded in a crowded bus station.

Cruise Ship Capsizes in China; Hundreds Missing

Over 400 missing after cruise ship capsizes on the Yangtze River.

Collapse Causes Evacuation at Puerto Rico Condominium

Nearly two dozen people are displaced after a water tank collapsed through the roof.

Car Hits Wall at LAX Critically Injuring Girl

9-year old girl was critically injured when a car struck her and then a wall at Los Angeles International Airport.

Features by Topic

Featured Careers

 

JEMS TV

FEATURED VIDEO TOPICS

Learn about new products and innovations featured at EMS Today 2015

 

JEMS Connect

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
 

EMS BLOGS

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts