Ambulance given Denver boot during emergency response

A New Orleans ambulance was booted by a convenience store worker for parking in their space while responding to a call. WWLTV also reports the gent responsible has been issued a ticket and lost his job. Apparently the flashing lights were in the wrong language.

Sidi Aleywa was fired for booting the ambulance, a worker at Mr. Quicky's told WWLTV. Others were still booting cars Monday morning.

According to the police report, Aleywa didn't realize it was an ambulance that he booted, and added that he doesn't speak any English

(Thanks Leo!)


        1. I don’t know the specifics. But I do know to make sure that the abandoned empty lot you parked in while you go watch the parade is not posted. Other wise you’re headed down to the tow yard with a nice wad of cash to get you car back.

          1. And if you’re super lucky you get to go to the tow yard under the interstate at the bottom of the Treme!  Man, that place is sketchyyyyyyyy.

    1. So, in New Orleans, private citizens are allowed to boot vehicles?

      Yep, it sounds like a Libertarian paradise.

    2. Can they also arbitrarily charge you whatever they want too (sign said $115)?  Sounds like a great money making racket.

      1.  That place is across from the court house.   It makes AS MUCH MONEY booting cars as it does with the convenience store sales!    Rip off joint.     

        1. I’m not sure I understand the problem. Assuming it’s indicated as private parking and not disguised as publicly available, why not just not park there? I’d have you towed if you parked in my driveway too, and that’s if I was feeling generous. I might just break your window and move it into the street.

          1. I think foobar was replying to the general assertion that booting cars who illegally park in your property was the action of a “rip off joint.”

            I think that in the abstract foobar is certainly correct. In this exact instance, of course, I don’t think anyone disagrees that no one should be booting ambulances…

          2. Just read down the thread foobar — ignore my first post – I agree with your logic – guess I posted too soon.

  1. A convenience store boots cars? For what?

    On an unrelated note New Orleans firefighters note a marked increase in convenience stores catching fire somehow.

  2. So “to boot” means “to put a wheel clamp on”? I didn’t know that yet. The summary made me wonder what had really happened.

    1. Do you have a lot of discussions with your local convenience store employee?  I’m sure “Hi,” “bye” and “here’s your change” he’s aware of, but I doubt he’s discussing last night’s Jets game much.

    2. He could just stock shelves and sweep for all we know. Or did anyway… 

      Could be the ower told him to do it, or perhaps in his country they don’t have ambulance’s or something. Perhaps he just isn’t all that bright.

      Sounds like just an excuse however to me.

    3. How do you work in a convenience store and not speak the language of the majority of the population in the area?

      I’m going to guess that the people in that store are all from somewhere, and that poor bastard Sidi speaks the same language they do.  He has the least English so he works in the back, cleans, stocks, boots, makes sandwiches, etc.

  3. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the similarity to Apu and the Kwik-E-Mart.

    In all seriousness, in what neighborhood in New Orleans can you get away with speaking no English or Cajun French and yet have a job serving customers?

    The linked article states that the EMTs were IN THE STORE (not just “a business”) dealing with the medical emergency….it’s not like they found a convenient parking spot and then went to the building next door.

    1.  I thought it was funny that that was even worth reporting:

      “But the paramedics apparently were there the whole time tending to a man with chest pains.”
      If there’s an ambulance and the emergency was around back, or off the property, they still shouldn’t boot them. It should be illegal to put a boot on any emergency vehicles.

      1. Well, illegal for any emergency vehicle functioning in that capacity.

        If a couple of dudes park an ambulance on private property so they can eat some lunch I think the rules should be in favor of the land owner. You shouldn’t get a free pass just because someone bolted flashing lights to your car.

        It would still be a jerk thing to do but it shouldn’t be illegal. Community backlash would be good enough. :D

        1.  I feel it should still be illegal. That emergency vehicle might have to leave your spot to go attend an actual emergency at any time. They should be allowed to grab a bite to eat while out and about without having to worry about finding parking. I would expect them to move if asked.

          I see it as y(our) civic duty to let stuff like this slide, should it ever actually happen. I just can’t see many ambulance drivers or paramedics throwing their weight around that way. Cops on the other hand…

        2. You really trust some random dude to know whether the first responders are responding or just knocking off for lunch? Letting them just park illegally all the time is much less harmful than risking some guy’s life to protect your goddamn property rights. 

    2. I lived in New Orleans for 4 years. I only ever heard people speaking Cajun once the whole time I lived there. It’s actually spoken more out in the boonies; I doubt it’d do you much good in New Orleans proper. Here’s a little 411 on Cajun country:

      1. Yeah, NOLA isn’t really a Cajun area, the only one that I regularly see is the one guy who works in my office who drives in from Houma everyday.  Creoles, now, there’s tons of those around.

        1. True dat. People who haven’t lived there tend to associate Cajuns with New Orleans, but it’s more of a rural type of culture than city folk. I, personally, think that the most important think to know about Cajun culture is ZYDECO!!! (heads up: music plays when you click the link)

    1. Cute, but the real reason for the boot is: if your vehicle is going to be here, we’re going to get paid for tolerating its presence.

      Not, obviously, that this applies to an ambulance whose EMTs are providing emergency assistance to someone nearby.

        1. A typical tire boot has a metal cover over at least a significant portion of the hubcap and at least one of the lugnuts, so I don’t really see how you’d swap out the booted tire for the spare.

  4. Another proof that the fools are always with us. What did he think the ambulance was there for?

    To quote the great one, “And, so it goes.”

    1.  What did he think the ambulance was there for?

      I’m going to guess that he was new to the first world ( NOLA is  at least honorarily first world), had been given simple instructions about booting anyone who was not standing in the checkout line, had no idea why that fancy looking truck with all the lights on it was in his parking lot, and didn’t care, because his instructions were quite clear.

  5. To be honest, I’m kind of relieved it was a schmuck of a convenience store worker who did it.  I was perfectly prepared to read that it was done by the city parking enforcement.

  6. Okay, to boot already has lots of meanings: to kick out, to put boots on something, to start up (and that’s just the verbs).  How about we all start using using “wheelclamp” or “clamp” and make the world a less ambiguous place?

    1. What kind of evil puzzle-master would torture our brains with a word that has more than one possible meaning? STOP FUCKING WITH US, LINGUISTS!

    2. We don’t use “Lorry”, We don’t eat “Crisps”, we don’t recognize “Brown Sauce”, and we don’t say “Clamp”.

      (Actually, for all I know some Americans do say “Clamp”, and I am personally fond of Britishisms. Just thought I’d pointlessly rant. And if you’re looking to rationalize the English language, even just its American variant(s), you’re going to be busy, and frustrated).

      1. Clamp is definitely in use in the US to describe the application of a boot. In this case, booted is in quotes and is a play on words since it also means to eject someone. Now bugger off, you gormless tit.

    3. I assume “to boot” in this context comes from “Denver boot”, another term for wheel clamp. Denver first used the clamps in the 1950s.

      1. *Denver* boot doesn’t travel so well, though.

        1950s Colorado parking enforcement is a bit of a niche thing overseas.

  7. Once saw some guys in Philadelphia using an acetylene torch to get a boot off. A police cruiser pulled up, told the guys to hurry up before they got in trouble and drove off.    

    1. That’s because the PPA is run by the state, not the city, and there’s no love lost between them and the police department.  Or really between them and humanity.

  8. You know, it’s cases like this that make it clear why my considered opinions/personal biases should be implemented as federal statutes/state laws/reasonable guidelines/actionable torts.

  9. If I went to Bali and saw an emergency vehicle I would immediately recognize it as an emergency vehicle. You don’t have to speak English to rub two brains cells together and understand what its function is. Especially when it’s in rave-mode!

    1. Man…does everything have to be a conspiracy theory? I’m sure there was no international intrigue involving the CIA, MI6 or whatever agencies. Most likely, the convenience store employee was simply stupid!!!

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