We’re not kidnapping him

Code 3 for man down.

Neighborhood regular. Almost falls over when he lets go of his shopping cart. Obviously drunk off his ass and clearly has no meaningful comprehension of the situation.

“Do you want to go to the hospital?”

After a long pause, “Noooo…”

“Why are you even asking, silly? Put him on the fucking gurney.”

He does not resist one bit, his legs probably so happy that they can relax for a second from the stress of holding him up.

“What hospital do you want to go to?”

“Fuck. Does it matter? Have you not picked up a really drunk guy before?”

“I don’t want to kidnap* him…”

“Fuck! Use your fucking head!”

*There has been an ongoing debate in the blogosphere about kidnapping. Frankly, I was barely able to stand reading the posts and subsequent comments because those insisting that EMS was illegally kidnapping people left and right and violating their “rights” just don’t seem like they work in the real world anyway.

3 thoughts on “We’re not kidnapping him”

  1. The amateur lawyers are killing me!

    Before people start talking about something, they should GO GET A DICTIONARY AND READ THE DEFINITION.

    Generally, kidnapping occurs when a person, without lawful authority, physically asports (i.e., moves) another person without that other person’s consent, with the intent to use the abduction IN CONNECTION WITH SOME OTHER NEFARIOUS OBJECTIVE. Like, to get a ransom – or to kill them.

    In the course of doing their duty, it is very unlikely that any EMT or paramedic would ever get close to that. Why so much mental self-gratification about such a dumb issue???? Sounds to me like lots of mental energy being spent trying to not have to transport somebody – simply assess the person’s decision-making capacity and then do the right thing by them.

    It’s not hard, and it’s not rocket science.

    1. it seems that some of those amateur lawyers obviously work in systems not busy enough to keep them from writing long, long blog posts and replying to every single point when someone dares to disagree with them…

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