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(Adelaide Now)   It's always fun when you take your kids to McDonald's and the whole family gets to see a junkie overdose in the corner. ''I told a staff member it was happening and she said sorry, the manager isn't in at the moment"   (adelaidenow.com.au) divider line 34
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2012-07-29 02:29:01 AM  
9 votes:
I am curious as to why the man who reported the druggie to the staff member didn't call emergency services himself when he didn't get a proper response.
2012-07-29 07:01:45 AM  
5 votes:

dickfreckle: When I was a kid, I used to have a sense of purpose with the junkies and other assorted bums of the world. Still do...but now I pick and choose the windmills I tilt at.

When you live, breathe, and crawl in a city, things get on your nerves quickly. Where I used to kneel down and ask if the near-comatose person needed some help getting home, I now step over the body with the same perfunctory move I use on tree roots bursting through sidewalks.

I just don't have the time, anymore. OK, more accurately - I just don't have the patience nor the desire to risk my life. I don't care if you're a rich white girl from Tulane or a gutter punk...I'm going to keep walking. Believe it or not, it's the rich white girls you try to assist that cause the most headaches.

Thing is, I'm a raging libtard. But I'm not Jesus Christ. I can't heal you, and I can't flux-capacitor you home, especially when 9.5 of 10 times you're just too farked up to even help me help you off your face. At some point, even I have to create a barrier between your dumb ass and my own.

Just another body in the city. And yeah, I hate having to say that. But my handle is "dickfreckle," not "Mother Theresa." I've paid into my 'karma' account as a bartender who helped dozens of people home (typically after they had taken drugs that were beyond my control), often by driving them myself in their vehicle while my barback followed me to take me back to work. So you know what? I'm stepping over you and maybe the next guy can take this thankless torch from me.


Well, to be fair, Mother Teresa didn't do anything for the sick, either. She just watched them die and enjoyed their suffering.
2012-07-29 07:00:21 AM  
5 votes:
When I was a kid, I used to have a sense of purpose with the junkies and other assorted bums of the world. Still do...but now I pick and choose the windmills I tilt at.

When you live, breathe, and crawl in a city, things get on your nerves quickly. Where I used to kneel down and ask if the near-comatose person needed some help getting home, I now step over the body with the same perfunctory move I use on tree roots bursting through sidewalks.

I just don't have the time, anymore. OK, more accurately - I just don't have the patience nor the desire to risk my life. I don't care if you're a rich white girl from Tulane or a gutter punk...I'm going to keep walking. Believe it or not, it's the rich white girls you try to assist that cause the most headaches.

Thing is, I'm a raging libtard. But I'm not Jesus Christ. I can't heal you, and I can't flux-capacitor you home, especially when 9.5 of 10 times you're just too farked up to even help me help you off your face. At some point, even I have to create a barrier between your dumb ass and my own.

Just another body in the city. And yeah, I hate having to say that. But my handle is "dickfreckle," not "Mother Theresa." I've paid into my 'karma' account as a bartender who helped dozens of people home (typically after they had taken drugs that were beyond my control), often by driving them myself in their vehicle while my barback followed me to take me back to work. So you know what? I'm stepping over you and maybe the next guy can take this thankless torch from me.
2012-07-29 03:12:12 AM  
3 votes:

kingoomieiii: Bathia_Mapes: I am curious as to why the man who reported the druggie to the staff member didn't call emergency services himself when he didn't get a proper response.

That, and I'm pretty sure "The manager isn't here" translates directly to "I don't want to be stabbed in the face with a dirty needle"


Or, "Jesus Christ guy, you're eating at a McDonald's. You expecting Chez Paul?" Or maybe, "Hey dumbass, I'm getting paid $2 an hour as a fry cook. Deal with it yourself."

I know if I was the McDonald's employee, I would pass the buck. If it's not explicitly something I'm trained to deal with, talk to the manager. Minimum wage, minimum effort and all that.
2012-07-29 08:36:30 AM  
2 votes:
Without respiratory arrest, the term 'overdose' in this context is merely a matter of opinion.
2012-07-29 08:20:52 AM  
2 votes:
I am failing to grasp how this situation is the staffs responsibility to dial the emergency services.

Got a cell phone? Yup.

Know your physical location (McDonalds on the corner of Main and 1st for example)? Yup.

Are you able to accurately describe what you are witnessing? Yup.

CALL THE FARKING EMERGENCY SERVICES YOURSELF YOU TWUNTS!!!
2012-07-29 07:37:12 AM  
2 votes:
Was this an overdose horror or a getting high in an inappropriate place horror?
2012-07-29 06:54:53 AM  
2 votes:

cptjeff: kingoomieiii: Bathia_Mapes: I am curious as to why the man who reported the druggie to the staff member didn't call emergency services himself when he didn't get a proper response.

That, and I'm pretty sure "The manager isn't here" translates directly to "I don't want to be stabbed in the face with a dirty needle"

Or, "Jesus Christ guy, you're eating at a McDonald's. You expecting Chez Paul?" Or maybe, "Hey dumbass, I'm getting paid $2 an hour as a fry cook. Deal with it yourself."

I know if I was the McDonald's employee, I would pass the buck. If it's not explicitly something I'm trained to deal with, talk to the manager. Minimum wage, minimum effort and all that.


Exactly. If McDonald's would like employees to be responsible for caring for dying junkies or removing the bodies of dead junkies, they are free to pay the premium for those kinds of employees. Perhaps they could institute a bonus structure for their existing employees. Not only that, McDonald's doesn't provide health insurance. If I'm behind the counter, I'm not risking a prick from an AIDS needle or something.

//McDonald's won't supersize your fries unless you pay. Why should employees act like EMTs unless McDonald's pays?
2012-07-29 03:57:51 AM  
2 votes:

Bathia_Mapes: I am curious as to why the man who reported the druggie to the staff member didn't call emergency services himself when he didn't get a proper response.


Yeah, that.

Is McD at all responsible for letting somebody, even somebody nobody likes, die in plain view while not even bothering to call the police? In Australia?

Also, if you see someone dieing in front of you, why are you reporting this to a minimum-wage McD drone in the first place? Call the cops!

Also, when dealing with disinterested minimum-wage drones, don't say "hey somebody's OD'ing over there. Say "Call 911".
2012-07-29 08:18:39 PM  
1 votes:
What's really asinine is expecting a minimum-wage compensated employee at a fast food restaurant to do a damn thing about it instead of calling the cops yourself.
2012-07-29 04:20:27 PM  
1 votes:

Jon iz teh kewl: harbingerofdoom: Jon iz teh kewl: what's the emergency? someone's getting high and it's not me?? selfish coonts

you wanna get high... whatever... i dont really care how you choose to destroy your own body. you do it at the local burger shop in front of my kids? yeah... i got a problem with it and my problem aint him being selfish.

so then if your kids grow up to become junkies it's not really my fault then. *whew* that's a relief!


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2012-07-29 04:10:04 PM  
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: Go read up on Negligence. "Common carriers" owe a duty to their customers above and beyond ordinary care; in this case, to call the proper authorities when one of said customers is OD'ing in the corner.

Why the guy who saw the event didn't just call himself is odd, but no, the cashier had a duty to call 911.


Why do you think he was overdosing?
2012-07-29 02:40:09 PM  
1 votes:

lisarenee3505: I hope to god that you are down-and-out someday like this guy was, just so you'll know what it's like.


i.imgur.com

He was a repeat violent sex offender. Perhaps you could invite him over to your house since you are so sympathetic to his plight.
2012-07-29 01:26:19 PM  
1 votes:

Cyno01: Any of you ever worked as a minimum wage cog in a corporate machine? Youre pretty much forbidden from making any decision youself, especially the decision to call the authorities, because that could bring the media, youre supposed to inform your manager who makes a decision or sends it up the chain of command. Calling 911 yourself can be a fireable offense.

SO WHY THE fark DIDNT THE CUSTOMERS CALL 911.



This. A lot of the places I worked at (and the grocery store I currently work at) have this sort of rule. Don't forget, these are the same sort of companies that have fired people for catching shoplifters and stopping people attempting serious robberies.

The idiot customers have no excuse though. What's the worst that McDonald's going to do? Ban them and make them go a whole 30 seconds down the road to the next one?
2012-07-29 12:50:08 PM  
1 votes:
Any of you ever worked as a minimum wage cog in a corporate machine? Youre pretty much forbidden from making any decision youself, especially the decision to call the authorities, because that could bring the media, youre supposed to inform your manager who makes a decision or sends it up the chain of command. Calling 911 yourself can be a fireable offense.

SO WHY THE fark DIDNT THE CUSTOMERS CALL 911.
2012-07-29 12:42:34 PM  
1 votes:

Joe The Plumber: this sort of thing never would've happened if Concerned Dad had just taken the family to Burger Jack instead.

/I just wanted to flex my "American who has been to Oz" street cred.
//They haven't called it "Burger King" since Elvis died.
///Takin the piss, of course.


It's Hungry Jack's, not Burger Jack.
2012-07-29 12:30:27 PM  
1 votes:

ZombiesYall: Was this an overdose horror or a getting high in an inappropriate place horror?


THIS

Nodding off does not equate Overdosing. If he was able to tell the manager that he wasn't leaving, he wasn't OD'ing.
2012-07-29 11:27:36 AM  
1 votes:

Pert: And families were forced, FORCED to eat next to the junkie because McDonalds closed the upstairs eating area.

You know, instead of leaving.


This.
2012-07-29 11:17:55 AM  
1 votes:
Junkies aside, how about getting your kids some actual food somewhere instead?
2012-07-29 10:08:11 AM  
1 votes:

paulseta: Ah, this is Adelaide.


If I'm reading the article correctly, it occurred in Melbourne.
2012-07-29 09:28:01 AM  
1 votes:
What kind of "shocked parent" doesn't have a goddamn cellphone, and sits there for 20 minutes with their kids AFTER THE GUY STARTED SHOOTING UP?

Morons.
2012-07-29 08:52:13 AM  
1 votes:
Ah, this is Adelaide. For my American friends, imagine Cleveland without the personality. For my British friends... Sheffield.

And it's rather interesting that the patrons were complaining (if you read TFA) that they had to stay there to eat while the staff did "nothing".

Especially the one in TFA with the kid. Wow. If you're not brave enough to call the police (which is weird in and of itself) then how about you leave. And perhaps eat in a better class of "restaurant" if you wish to not have this sort of thing allowed to go on for more than a microsecond.

/yes, I've been to all three places.
//Cleveland was different to how I expected: awful, yet somehow desolate - rather than rancid. I thought it would be rancid and crowded. How wrong I was.
2012-07-29 08:31:16 AM  
1 votes:
I personally have no pity for the worthless junkie. I'd have just got up and walked out with my food and left the stupid fark there. He's dumb enough to touch the shiat, he can lie in the bed he made.
2012-07-29 08:15:14 AM  
1 votes:
He poisons himself with smack. They poison their fat Fark kids with the garbage from that joint.
Very little difference.
2012-07-29 08:11:39 AM  
1 votes:
CSB

I was at my place of business and was told "You need to go down on the beach NOW". So I went, only to find a crowd of about 30 people (including teenagers) watching a drunk guy vigorously masturbating.

My first thought was "Don't any of these people have a damn cell phone?"

I called 911, identified myself and reported what i was seeing. The 911 operator asked "Are you sure that's what he's doing?" and I replied "Lady, I think I know what that looks like."

When the cops arrested the guy ( a just-released-on-parole sex offender), only I and a dad with a 12-yo would agree to make a complaint.

The other 28 people just must have enjoyed the show; nobody wanted to get involved, just like TFA.

/the guy was convicted of three felony counts of indecent exposure (because the 12-yo was present, otherwise it would have been a misdemeanor -- let this be a lesson to you FARKers) and was violated on his parole; still in jail AFAIK where he can masturbate to his heart's content

i.imgur.com

//pic for teh LULZ
2012-07-29 07:58:15 AM  
1 votes:
And families were forced, FORCED to eat next to the junkie because McDonalds closed the upstairs eating area.

You know, instead of leaving.
2012-07-29 07:50:26 AM  
1 votes:

SoxSweepAgain: 9, 1, and 1.

Why go through the minimum wage kids working the counter?

I believe it's 9, 1, and 1.

/Certainly someone had a "cell phone".


000 in Australia.
2012-07-29 07:47:43 AM  
1 votes:
Reading this story made me Grimace.
2012-07-29 07:44:48 AM  
1 votes:
I'm well aware I'm not the first to say....in an age of the mobile phone, get an ambulance yourselves you thick twunts.
2012-07-29 07:42:10 AM  
1 votes:
There doesn't seem to be any evidence that the user overdosed, or died. He just shot up. Police were the appropriate emergency service to call.

/Waiting for the smoking parallels
2012-07-29 07:40:24 AM  
1 votes:
i.qkme.me
2012-07-29 06:52:27 AM  
1 votes:
Overreact much, dad? Just eat your food and let your kids enjoy the needle-pit in the McPlayland.
2012-07-29 06:16:21 AM  
1 votes:

This About That: Bathia_Mapes: I am curious as to why the man who reported the druggie to the staff member didn't call emergency services himself when he didn't get a proper response.

Yeah, that.

Is McD at all responsible for letting somebody, even somebody nobody likes, die in plain view while not even bothering to call the police? In Australia?

Also, if you see someone dieing in front of you, why are you reporting this to a minimum-wage McD drone in the first place? Call the cops!

Also, when dealing with disinterested minimum-wage drones, don't say "hey somebody's OD'ing over there. Say "Call 911".


Pretty much covers it.
2012-07-29 02:44:18 AM  
1 votes:

Bathia_Mapes: I am curious as to why the man who reported the druggie to the staff member didn't call emergency services himself when he didn't get a proper response.


That, and I'm pretty sure "The manager isn't here" translates directly to "I don't want to be stabbed in the face with a dirty needle"
 
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