ryukensfj69
1
1 week ago
xMoirai
3650
1 week ago

Commanding officer takes no shit from ungrateful parents.

incompletedev
1370
1 week ago

My Mum sat next to a lifeboat volunteer at a dinner party in Norfolk. The previous week he had rescued a family of tourists from “The Wreck” off Brancaster Beach. They’d walked out there at low tide and been cut off. Locals know not to do it as the tide can come in quickly and I think there are signs warning of the dangers but it’s easy to miss them when the beach is busy.

Fair enough right? No. While they were on the lifeboat he overheard the mother turn to her to her kids and say “Not as fun as last year when we got to ride in the helicopter is it!”. The stupid cunts had risked their own and their children’s lives for a ride in a helicopter or lifeboat just for fun. Even worse the RNLI is a charity funded purely by the public and the lifeboat men are volunteers.

Edit: sorry for not updating this sooner but given the discussion below I thought I should add that my mother doesn’t know whether the guy questioned what the lady meant by her comment (I.e. had they taken a tour helicopter or been rescued) but the way the story was told to her was as though they had done exactly the same thing the year before off the same beach. As with all dinner party stories no one knows what really happened (or whether it really happened at all!) but I’ve enjoyed reading the thread below.

xMoirai
607
1 week ago

That's some r/iamatotalpieceofshit stuff right there

Summerie
78
1 week ago

Not really. It sounds like they read a whole lot into what the mother said that wasn’t there. It’s more likely that they just took a helicopter ride last year, and this year when they were on a boat because they had to be rescued, the mom said “This isn’t as much fun as the helicopter ride last year” to calm the kid and make light of the situation.

Nordrian
38
1 week ago

Yeah, I agree with you on that one.

Summerie
28
1 week ago

Also, since lifeboats are regularly used there to scoop people who become stranded by the incoming tide, a far more expensive helicopter rescue would only be used if the situation became very harrowing. They wouldn’t fire up the copter unless there was a real danger of a rescue boat not being able to catch them in time, or if someone was injured and needed medical attention. I find it pretty unlikely that anyone that close to being swept out to sea with their small children would return.

Anything is possible, but I think it’s much more likely that the mom and her kids were scared before the boat picked them up. Now that they were safe in a boat, she was just trying to calm them down by comparing the boat ride to a fun trip from last year.

Of course, it’s not as much fun to tell the story without there being an idiot parent risking their kid’s lives because the rescue might be “fun”.

incompletedev
2
1 week ago

You make some really good points and to be honest we’ll never know what really happened or whether it happened at all but it was a good story and I’ve seen some pretty stupid things happen off the coast here so I personally believe it.

mizwe11
-5
1 week ago

bollocks

Ghast_ly
351
1 week ago

This sounds infinitely more like a case of the mother making light of a serious situation rather than them intentionally putting their children in danger for a laugh. I'm not going to pretend people aren't stupid pieces of shit and nobody would ever do that, but that explanation makes much more sense than "oh maybe if we strand ourselves we can ride in helicopters again!"

Cali_Val
187
1 week ago

Who puts themselves in imminent danger TWICE?

Ghast_ly
103
1 week ago

People who travel often and are careless? The person I responded to said himself that the warning signs are easy to miss, and tourists are much less likely to realize danger in these kinds of situations. People should be more careful, especially if they have previously been in bad situations before, but accidentally getting caught in quick-rising tides is a far cry from intentionally putting your family in danger.

Cali_Val
48
1 week ago

Easy to miss, sure. I’m sure on the first helicopter ride they were briefed on every detail to avoid catastrophe again, unless you believe they were rescued and no dialogue was exchanged.

That would be enough to deter most people of the same error, twice.

However you could be right but we don’t know all the details so it doesn’t even matter and this has been another pointless Reddit discussion

Ghast_ly
37
1 week ago

I mean, the person I replied to didn't even say that they were rescued twice, let alone twice from the same situation. For all we know(and is, in my opinion, the more likely scenario), the year before they rode in a helicopter as a part of their vacation and that's what the mother was referencing to make the kids think they didn't almost die.

However you could be right but we don’t know all the details so it doesn’t even matter and this has been another pointless Reddit discussion

Welcome to reddit

[deleted]
-4
1 week ago

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PM_ME_UR_JUGZ
6
1 week ago

You are directly contributing to the cesspool by the way

buttfacenosehead
12
1 week ago

Isn't Reddit ALL pointless discussions?

Cali_Val
0
1 week ago

True!

RamboGoesMeow
14
1 week ago

Except the implication is that they did this in the SAME place the year before, so if they hadn’t known about it when they flew in the helicopter, they did before this trip.

And, if they travel often and are careless, then they ARE putting their kids in danger through negligence, arrogance, and stupidity. You don’t know the area? Look that shit up, it’s especially easier and simpler now that we have fucking wireless super computers in our pockets.

Ghast_ly
18
1 week ago

Where did you see any indication one way or the other that the two locations were the same..? If anything, the implication is that they were different places because the previous year it was a helicopter, and the rescue happened in a lifeboat.

Also, as I mentioned in another comment, u/incompletedev didn't even say that they were rescued twice, only that the mother mentioned flying in a helicopter the year before. You're taking a lot of liberties in claiming that the parents are negligent, arrogant and stupid.

buttfacenosehead
6
1 week ago

Methinks thou dost protest too-much. You know...now that I think about it, I've NEVER seen u/Ghast_ly AND these parents in the same room together...

RamboGoesMeow
-2
1 week ago

Implication

Ghast_ly
4
1 week ago

Yeah, typically if you think something is implied you have a reason for thinking so, which is why I asked what makes you think it's implied that they are the same location.

I gave you the reasoning for my interpretation of the implication, why are you unable to? Unless you have no legitimate reasoning and just like to call people negligent, arrogant and stupid with very little justification.

RamboGoesMeow
-5
1 week ago

Based on what they posted. We don’t know the actual story, but according to the poster they put themselves in danger for a fun ride back since they got to ride in a helicopter before. Or they had a fun time riding a helicopter and the mother was trying to calm the child. We don’t know.

Doomzdaycult
1
1 week ago

This guy is either obtuse or a moron, I can't figure out which.

Snitchster
0
1 week ago

I’m so confused how you came to the conclusion that they had two helicopter rides in the same place. Also how you can judge a parent for being careless for not specifically googling safety hazards in a new location...

RamboGoesMeow
0
1 week ago

I never said they went on two helicopter rides. According to the OP, this isn’t the first time they’ve been in a dangerous situation and had to be rescued (with it almost seeming like it was in the same location.)

How can I not judge a parent for willfully refusing to take 5 minutes out of their day to make sure they’re aware of any possible natural dangers in a new area so they can care for their own offspring?

I guess it’s weird that my parents always read and had us read notices on boards before going on hikes. It’s a good idea to know that rattlesnakes are an issue, or that cougars have been sighted, or staying in a location after sundown is dangerous.

Summerie
23
1 week ago

You’re just assuming that they were rescued twice, they may have taken a helicopter ride last year. So this year they are rescued, and mom is trying to make the kid feel like everything’s OK, so basically says “this ride isn’t as much fun as the helicopter, is it?”

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-3
1 week ago

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Summerie
5
1 week ago

The comment talks about a SECOND time getting “saved”.

For the last time, those implications were made by the person telling the story, who we have already said we believe misinterpreted what the woman said.

The direct quote from the woman doesn’t say anything to suggest that the helicopter ride they took last year was a rescue.

I’ve put this as simply as I can for you. I suspect you already know that you’re wrong though. People usually start calling names and getting defensive when they can’t use logic because their point is weak. You’ve had three different people at the least try to explain this to you, so I’m hoping it’s starting to seep in somewhere, even if you are still stubbornly arguing to try and save face.

[deleted]
-4
1 week ago

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Summerie
2
1 week ago

Nice try. I don’t have any alt accounts except for a gonewild one.

And once again, when all someone can do is throw out insults, it’s pretty obvious it’s because they can’t make a point using logic.

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1 week ago

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Day_Bow_Bow
6
1 week ago

That comment says jack shit about them being rescued twice. You are fabricating context out of thin air, and unless that other person left out details of their mom's story, they are too.

[deleted]
1
1 week ago

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Day_Bow_Bow
3
1 week ago

I just don't get people on the internet. They sure like to double down when you point out their logical fallacies.

There is nothing in that comment that indicates the last time they were in a helicopter it was because they needed rescued as well.

For fuck's sake, maybe they took a chopper tour or got to ride in one at the state fair (that was my only time up in one).

You are fabricating a narrative about something you heard about thrice removed, and think you know all the facts that weren't even mentioned in the story.

Summerie
1
1 week ago

Where does that say that the helicopter ride from last year was a rescue instead of a paid tour?

[deleted]
1
1 week ago

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Summerie
1
1 week ago

Right, and as everyone has said, OP sounds like they misinterpreted what he told us she said. You are just swallowing his interpretation as if it is fact, even though it is a much less likely scenario given what he quoted.

[deleted]
1
1 week ago

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ThrowawayBlast
2
1 week ago

I was in imminent danger accidentally. The navy doesn’t evacuate women ands kids first on a whim. Still not sure of the full details

daft_monk1
1
1 week ago

Germany

[deleted]
0
1 week ago

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Au_Ag_Cu
-1
1 week ago

People. You must be new here. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful people in this planet. Maybe you'll get to meet some of them. Maybe you'll be lucky and won't.

[deleted]
1
1 week ago

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Au_Ag_Cu
1
1 week ago

Ahh! Sorry I misunderstood. People can stop voting us down, or carry on, I don't care.

princess_bana_pants
8
1 week ago

Seriously, I assumed she was calming the kids by reminding them of the helicopter tour they were on during their last vacation ffs!

Mcdrogon
3
1 week ago

that’s what I was thinking as well. Seems like something my wife or I would say if we had to do a shame ride back to shore just to make the kids less nervous.

House923
3
1 week ago

Honestly, that's the type of joke I would make in a stressful situation. I make bad jokes when I'm stressed.

NotCrispTofu
3
1 week ago

yeah, after re reading it I feel like she was probably just referring to a separate helicopter ride around some city or an airtour and not specifically stranding themselves on a wreck just to get rescued by helicopter again

mizwe11
1
1 week ago

bollocks

Summerie
1
1 week ago

Agreed. Also, since lifeboats are regularly used to scoop people who become stranded by the incoming tide, a far more expensive helicopter rescue would only be used if the situation was very harrowing. They wouldn’t fire up the copter unless there was a real danger of a rescue boat not being able to catch them in time, or if someone was injured and needed medical attention. I find it pretty unlikely that anyone that close to being swept out to sea with their small children would return.

Anything is possible, but I think it’s much more likely that the mom and her kids were scared before the boat picked them up. Now that they were safe in a boat, she was just trying to calm them down by comparing the boat ride to a fun trip from last year.

Of course, it’s not as much fun to tell the story without there being an idiot parent risking their kids life because the rescue might be “fun”.

BoinkBoye
26
1 week ago

Im gonna go out on a limb and say that the mother was obviously just trying to make some light of a bad situation. They could be careless, which still makes her a bad parent, but definitely not intentionaly

bs000
13
1 week ago

yeah but i'm not gonna turn down an opportunity to feel superior to someone

keeponkeepingup
1
1 week ago

Or tell a good dinner party/reddit story

AbstractBettaFish
9
1 week ago

I still remember when I did a semester abroad in Wales, a few of thee islands had big brass bells to ring if you got trapped by the tide there with a sign that a rowboat would retrieve you. Thankfully I never needed it despite growing up hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean and not having much experience with tides

liverbird10
4
1 week ago

It never ceases to amaze me how downright stupid people can be.

Snitchster
3
1 week ago

How on earth do you make the connection that she planned on being rescued by the helicopter, and put her kids in danger in order to get a ride. And, are you implying that she did this twice???

toetoeknee
2
1 week ago

Lifeboat men and women*

incompletedev
1
1 week ago

Good point, apologies and didn’t mean any disrespect to any of the brave people who contribute their time to the RNLI.

cmabar
1
1 week ago

They might have not been taken in a helicopter in the same place last year. It also could be a joke to make light of the situation and keep the kids calm. Warning signs for quickly rising tides can be different in different locations so I don’t think she is necessarily to blame for putting the kids in danger.

biggerwanker
1
1 week ago

I "volunteered" with the RNLI for my Duke Edinburgh award. I got to drive one of the ribs across the Solent, my brother got airlifted from the back of a moving boat by helicopter.

TrogdortheBanninator
0
1 week ago

I'd have kicked the mom right over the side.

Kemto1
0
1 week ago

Don’t understand why anyone would want to visit Norfolk.

unsavvylady
-1
1 week ago

That family should be charged for doing it on purpose. Did the volunteer say anything? I don’t know if I could have bitten my tongue against such stupid

Summerie
1
1 week ago

I think he’s just assuming that they did it on purpose. I think it’s far more likely that last year they took a helicopter ride, and the mom is just trying to make light of the rescue situation so that the kid isn’t scared.

Ebmoclas
1
1 week ago

Yeah, but you are assuming just as much as they are and they are recanting what the volunteer told them. My own assumption is that the volunteer wouldn't have been ambiguous about the situation and I expect that anyone over hearing that from someone they had just rescued would probably ask for clarification. Either that or more was said on the subject between the mum and volunteer and that is how the commenter here is sure of what happened. Or the volunteer had further dialog with the people involved and that's why they were confident in their statement of what happened. Assuming that this was over heard and nothing else at all was said on the subject by anyone seems like a very strange conclusion to me.

Summerie
1
1 week ago

But since lifeboats are regularly used there to scoop people who become stranded by the incoming tide, a far more expensive helicopter rescue is only used if the situation becomes very harrowing. They wouldn’t fire up the copter unless there was a real danger of a rescue boat not being able to catch them in time, or if someone was injured and needed medical attention. I find it pretty unlikely that anyone that close to being swept out to sea with their small children would return just because it might be fun to ride a helicopter again.

Anything is possible, but I think it’s much more likely that the mom and her kids were scared before the boat picked them up. Now that they were safe in a boat, she was just trying to calm them down by comparing the boat ride to a fun trip from last year.

You forgot the last option when you were listing how it could’ve gone down with the volunteer. The volunteer may have heard things exactly the way that I am guessing, but the story is just nowhere near as fun to tell if there isn’t some shitty parent risking their kid’s life for a second trip in a helicopter.

Ebmoclas
1
1 week ago

I didn't forget it, you've copy and pasted your version plenty of times above my comment so I didn't think it necessary to reiterate the point. I was simply trying to provide the alternatives. There was no need to be quite so snarky about it, but by all means, please carry on patting yourself on the back for being better than everyone who took a comment at face value.

Summerie
1
1 week ago

I honestly didn’t see anything snarky about my comment at all. It wasn’t my intention. What part came off as snarky?

Ebmoclas
1
1 week ago

Last paragraph. Please excuse me if I have misread the tone.

DaytimeTurnip
-1
1 week ago

Put them back in

Third-Runner
-1
1 week ago

The mom might have said it sarcastically or been trying to be funny. I kind of doubt they would tried to risk their lives intentionally again

alwaysinpain901
595
1 week ago

Welcome to Britain! 😂

xMoirai
510
1 week ago

Peak British pettiness would be to pay the £7,000 back to "prove a point"

jrblack174
214
1 week ago

Give them £7003 to make it easier for the change

scro-hawk
17
1 week ago

To get 6 back?

Blame-the-Wizards
54
1 week ago

Give £7k > give £3 extra > total owed back is now £7 + £3 extra = tenner back

scro-hawk
19
1 week ago

Oh shit, the 7 was to them! Right. I got my numbers backway round.

servedupward
19
1 week ago

They’ll set up a gofundme

realmrlazy978
1
1 week ago

420 points :)

twodogsfighting
1
1 week ago

Nice try, kid's parents.

Achadel
1
1 week ago

In America you’d have to pay it anyway

Snoo63
31
1 week ago
cmdrsamuelvimes
2
1 week ago

This is the 5th sub I have seen it posted in.

PimemtoCheese
14
1 week ago

Yeah, fantastic reply.

missed-the-post
1147
1 week ago

When you have the fear of watching your child float out to sea, knowing you are unable to rescue her yourself, the pure panic from that, then the sudden rush of relief knowing she has been rescued and is safe.... at which point in that emotional rollercoaster do you think omg that lilo cost me £7, they best save that as well

ImOldGreggggggggggg
402
1 week ago

They were screaming "DON'T YOU DARE LOSE THAT LILO! IT COST ME 7 BRITISH MONIES!!!!"

Zeebuoy
49
1 week ago

What's a lilo?

Lyekkat
57
1 week ago

Based on context I’d say an inflatable mattress/tube thing like people bring to the pool but I’m too lazy to google

Ebmoclas
9
1 week ago

Correct. It's just an air bed designed to be used in a pool.

Thursday_Cupcakes
5
1 week ago

Oooooh! I was thinking it was lilo inflatable from a cartoon movie Lilo and Stitch.

quadmasta
41
1 week ago

Lindsay Lohan

readyaimfire1
2
1 week ago
Buck___Wild
46
1 week ago

7 Green Queens!!!!🇬🇧

chemhobby
2
1 week ago

Green?

Trilodip76
-199
1 week ago

Just cause you're a fucking imbecile who can't learn the names of currency doesn't mean everyone is.

ImOldGreggggggggggg
90
1 week ago

My bad, I thought they were 100% screaming that for real. I should have thought about the currency, it pulled the child out to sea. I understand that ocean currency's can be dangerous. Me so dum.

Wepwawet-hotep
37
1 week ago

I like how your username is a reference to a very, very British TV show but this fine specimen assumed you don't know what the British Pound is? It just sort of adds an extra layer of wonderful irony.

Kigon_Sol
22
1 week ago

“Ever drink baileys from a shoe?”

Wepwawet-hotep
12
1 week ago

"That one's Bailey's. And that one's Bailey's but a bit bigger. And that one's as close as you can get to Bailey's without your eyes getting wet."

saichampa
2
1 week ago

Is there any other way?

ImOldGreggggggggggg
19
1 week ago

I think he just hates my mangina.

Wepwawet-hotep
11
1 week ago

To be fair, you do come on pretty strong with your watercolors.

BlNGPOT
5
1 week ago

I did not know Old Greg was British. I just thought it was a YouTube video Lolol

This guy is still a douche though.

Wepwawet-hotep
3
1 week ago

It's from a British variety show called the Mighty Bouche. If you like the Old Greg skit the rest of the show is worth checking out.

HORSE_FIGHTER
1
1 week ago

Mighty Boosh, it's on Hulu

Tde_rva
5
1 week ago

Do ya love me? Could you learn to love me? MAKE AN ASSESSMENT!

DHVOA
3
1 week ago

But they use Euros which are European monie

Wepwawet-hotep
8
1 week ago

Ah yes, how could I forget that £ stands for Euro, ¥ stands for Pound and € stands for Monopoly money.

Cnewlol
5
1 week ago

I think he means that they use Euro in The Mighty Boosh

Wepwawet-hotep
5
1 week ago

Oh, I figured he was on the sarcasm train since the UK is technically still in the Eurozone but has a special exception to use Pounds instead of Euros as their main currency. I was just making a joke about calling currencies the wrong name cause I'm an idiot and find it funny.

Elite_AI
3
1 week ago

tbf the £ looks a damn sight more like an E than an L

Wepwawet-hotep
1
1 week ago

Yea, the £ is kind of a wierd sign.

Trilodip76
1
1 week ago

fine specimen

I'll show you what for in Gregg's bathroom

Ihendy12
11
1 week ago

If Percy Jackson taught me anything, it’s that the seas currency is golden drachma.

Hope this helps clear up any future confusion

ImOldGreggggggggggg
4
1 week ago

And the American Harry Potter would be correct.

xxXWEED_WIZARDXxx
1
1 week ago

He wanders.

He’s probably already been taxed.

rsn_e_o
25
1 week ago

Ever heard of the word joke? This might blow your mind, so sit tight.

Ice_Liesidon
16
1 week ago

So they don’t actually use burgers and freedoms for currency in America?

aralim4311
3
1 week ago

I pay my bills in burgers and bullets.

alours
1
1 week ago

Wait didn’t love her that much

breadfred1
13
1 week ago

I can't wait until the school holidays are over

Val_Hallen
1
1 week ago

Don't blame the "summer Reddit" myth for this shit.

That user has been here three years.

FungalowJoe
2
1 week ago

Obvious joke is obvious. Climb back down into your hole and leave us alone.

Trilodip76
1
1 week ago

That's a hot opinion

Imago_Mothtoya
1
1 week ago

Why bother learning the name of fake money?

kdubs
1
1 week ago

you have a lot of friends

energizeghost
1
1 week ago

It doesnt even matter there money is wrong

saichampa
1
1 week ago

Your account doesn't seem to be a downvote troll so what made you think this comment was in any way necessary or justified?

Trilodip76
1
1 week ago

I am angery

BishonenPrincess
593
1 week ago

As a stupid yank, I had no idea what they were being billed for. I was thinking it was a lilo and stitch doll.

Surrybee
325
1 week ago

As a stupid yank, I thought they sent the £7 bill in response for receiving a £7000 bill. Then I realized they didn’t get any bill at all, just a living child, and cried in freedom units.

hunterkiller7
64
1 week ago

You'll be happy to know that we are a bit better in that area than most european countries. In the US they wouldnt get a bill either because the government handles the cost of all coast gaurd rescues. And any rescues on federal land the government pays for, last I read it costed the parks department around 5 million a year. And for land rescuers in most cases the person being rescued doesnt see a bill, unless the rescue was caused by actions that broke any rules or laws.

thesoleprano
50
1 week ago

so you're saying skip the ER and go onto federal lands?

BishonenPrincess
2
1 week ago

Yes.

Surrybee
10
1 week ago

Huh. TIL. Thanks :)

WongaSparA80
8
1 week ago

Yeah legit, the RNLI is one of (if not the most) esteemed and respected coast guards in the world, but at the end of the day it's a volunteer organisation primarily funded through charity.

The US coast guard is on a different level in terms of capabilities, with responsibilities that extend far far beyond what the RNLI is tasked with, there isn't really a comparison, plus there's several orders of magnitude more coast to cover!

America's coast guard is absolutely something to be proud of.

Superb book called "let not the deep" for anybody interested.

Multitronic
1
1 week ago

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is not the coastguard. They are a charity who operates lifeboats and conducts search and rescue, typically around swimming beaches or during floods.

The UK still has a coastguard, border force, territorial police and customs who all operate ships/helicopters and conduct maritime operations. These are all in addition to the Royal Navy.

This story is apparently from the 1980’s (according to the RNLI) and seems to get the 2 services mixed up.

WongaSparA80
1
1 week ago

Sorry, I was just tryin' to be lazy, everybody knows them as the coastguard. My bad.

Multitronic
1
1 week ago

Knows who as the coastguard? The RNLI? I’ve never heard anyone get them mixed up.

WongaSparA80
1
1 week ago

DUDE I WAS TALKING TO AMERICANS.

GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK I LITERALLY JUST SAID I'VE READ BOOKS ABOUT THE FUCKING RNLI.

FUCK ME SIDEWAYS.

FUCK.

6 HOUR COACH JOURNEY ACROSS GERMANY AND I'VE GOT YOU BREAKING MY DICK OVER SOME LAZY TYPING.

Multitronic
1
1 week ago

Unstable.

WongaSparA80
1
1 week ago

3 HOURS SLEEP.

the_leander
1
1 week ago

If you dial 999 and ask for the coastguard, it'll most likely activate an RNLI launch.

Way back in the dim and distant past, when we only had 4 tv channels, there were even adverts that had an actor ask for such and a bright orange boat with the letters RNLI rescuing a stricken craft.

It was part of a campaign by the government to let people know about the extended services such as the coastguard and mountain rescue etc.

N0TH1NGM0R3
1
1 week ago

A few years ago there were three teens that climbed morro rock, which is illegal, and dangerous, only indigenous people can go up on special days with a permit and a coast guard escort.

Anyway, they were stuck up there for a few hours, coast guard rescued them, and their parents were sent a bill for the rescue and the kids were fined for breaking the law.

Another man climbed up a year later to propose to his girlfriend and he was fined as well.

Someone else climbed up a year after that, and then fell before he could be rescued. I don’t know if he survived.

There are a lot of idiots in tourist traps.

IntoxicatedGazelle
2
1 week ago

That's why I thought too and I am British... Stupid probably only applies to one of us.

BishonenPrincess
1
1 week ago

Don't worry, I'd still be your friend. :)

TheDuff11
95
1 week ago

As a “stupid yank” I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that they weren’t billed 7,000 for the rescue in the first place.

happy_guy23
105
1 week ago

As a Brit I'm still absolutely horrified that in some parts of the world the emergency services charge for saving your life

MT_061619
80
1 week ago

I’m a stupid Yank who owes $5000 for going to the ER with the flu after getting dehydrated. Stupid, stupid Yank.

anakaine
52
1 week ago

That any medical system is set up this way is downright scary.

I've had a handful of arguments in Reddit about it. Most of the time it boils down to "Why should my taxes be spent on someone else's good health? That's why I pay My insurance, because I can afford it. If they cant, they don't deserve me help."

Literally the most self centred and selfish attitude ever. It's so self centred that its openly retarded. You don't pay just for the roads you drive on. You don't pay just for the one park you might visit. You don't pay for just the individual bits of public property you use. Why would healthcare be the same?

Most also don't seem to get the idea that you also get the benefit of not needing to have insurance.

jolasveinarnir
31
1 week ago

Also “Why would I pay for other people’s healthcare? I just pay for my insurance” ... and the insurance company pays for other people’s healthcare with the money you give them, it’s just that they get to profit off of it too

marieelaine03
3
1 week ago

Exactly that lol

A commenter on reddit once told me they'd rather die than live with socialism

....ok then 🤔

Val_Hallen
8
1 week ago

It boils down to "Though I will also benefit from the system, I have been mentally programmed by Reaganomics to absolutely oppose anything that doesn't push for maximum profits and may also help somebody else in any manner whatsoever. I hate other people!"

saruwatarikooji
6
1 week ago

You might be shocked to know that there is way too many that honestly believe that their insurance premiums are going into a private pool just for them. Some even believe that if they ever use more than they've paid in, it just becomes a debt that gets paid back eventually by their future payments.

How they got that idea I have no idea but I didn't continue the conversation enough to learn...

phantacc
1
1 week ago

What you are describing sounds suspiciously like an HSA.

BishonenPrincess
1
1 week ago

A what?

phantacc
1
1 week ago

A Health Savings Account.

How An HSA Works

Source_Australian
4
1 week ago

I can’t tell if this is real or troll.

dicedealer214
9
1 week ago

It's real. source: I am an American.

MT_061619
4
1 week ago

My dude...I wish.

BishonenPrincess
4
1 week ago

My parents are still stuck trying to pay off a bill from when I called a suicide prevention hotline and told them I had been thinking of killing myself.

The police and an ambulance showed up (despite me explicitly telling the lady on the hotline that I just needed someone to talk to and to not send anyone). I insisted I didn't need to go to the hospital and that I was trying to find someone to talk to that wouldn't alert/hurt my loved ones.

They said if I refused to go in the ambulance for a "medical transfer" then they'd arrest me. I was a teenager at this time. My parents weren't there. Technically, they were lying to me and abusing their power to get me to comply. They can't arrest someone for refusing to ride in an ambulance, even if the individual is injured or sick. But I didn't know that, and it was basically their word against mine.

Anyway, so me, not injured or wanting an ambulance in anyway whatsoever, got into the fuckin' ambulance to avoid being arrested. The bill was over $3,000 the last time I checked. For essentially an over-glorified taxi ride. Literally I just sat in the back with my seat-belt on until we arrived. No tests, no questions even. Just a ride.

The system is broken. It's beyond broken. It's a dumpster fire. A broken dumpster fire.

Source_Australian
3
1 week ago

Wow! That’s nuts. Well I hope you are doing better! Thanks for sharing your story.

BishonenPrincess
3
1 week ago

Oh yes! Now whenever I feel suicidal, I bottle it up and don't seek help, because help will put me and those I love in debt.

'Merica!

Edit: My response was snarky because I'm bitter about the state of affairs in the USA, but you were actually really sweet to me and I feel remiss without acknowledging that. Thanks for listening to me rant!

MT_061619
2
1 week ago

What in the world, that’s awful! They made a difficult situation so much worse, I’m so sorry you had to deal with that! 100% screw the broken dumpster fire system

happy_guy23
6
1 week ago

Jesus, that fucking sucks man. So sorry to hear it

VapidNonsense
3
1 week ago

Was your treatment plan ScarJo's bathwater and a bed made of dodo feathers?

MT_061619
6
1 week ago

An IV bag of saline and some pain killers.

PotatoBomb69
3
1 week ago

What the fuck

colorfoulhouses
15
1 week ago

Not American or British, also terrified of this thought. How they do it?

happy_guy23
37
1 week ago

It seems absolutely bonkers to me. Like, you can be walking down the street, a car jumps the curb and hits you, you get knocked out and taken to hospital and BAM you're in debt. How does anyone think this is ok?

RuneLFox
38
1 week ago

Obviously you should have the freedom to be hit by a car and drive into debt, in socialist countries you don't get that choice. /s

thesoleprano
21
1 week ago

or you get diagnosed by a life threatening disease but your insurance carrier doesn't cover the medication so you pay full price even though you're paying for insurance to do it but they wont..

Dermorazbuya
12
1 week ago

Well don't get hit by a car. How do you think getting hit by a car is okay?

/s

ForgotPasswordAgain-
11
1 week ago

That’s not the biggest issue. You pretty much never have to pay that. Medical bills are almost always excused when trying to get a loan. The worst issue to me is when you need daily/weekly treatment for a disease, like if you have cancer and need special meds.

BishonenPrincess
2
1 week ago

Hell, even just diabetes is causing people to either die or live in constant debt.

Superspick
10
1 week ago

Had a tonic clinic seizure in 2017, whole blue in the face, aspirating deal. GF called an ambulance and i apparently had a second one on the way to the ER so they had to stop for a bit.

Kept me overnight to monitor me plus EEG and shit.

Ballpark of 90k(ish) for existing I guess lol.

BishonenPrincess
2
1 week ago

Literally what happened to my little sister. She had to drop out of college despite getting A's in all her classes. Now she's dealing with a debilitating head injury and mountains of debt just under $10,000.

The ONLY way she was able to afford the treatment she needs at all (instead of just the emergency bill) was with a Go-Fund-Me fund.

Oh, also, her health insurance was/is with Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal, which is considered to be some of the best insurance in our country. So we're not talking about somebody who wasn't/isn't already insured.

Ebmoclas
2
1 week ago

Jesus, that's sad mate. I'm really sorry for your sister. I had to drop out of med school due to life ruining illness, funnily enough which was caused by getting my bell rung too hard as a teenager. I'm pissed off enough about the student debt I have with no degree to show for it. Which I don;t even have to pay back until I am earning over £22 grand a year (I'm not sure on the exact figure). If I had medical bills on top of that and worrying about getting treatment at all I would be losing my mind. Tell her a random English guy tells her to hang tough and not let the bastards grind her down.

BishonenPrincess
1
1 week ago

I will for sure. We both appreciate random acts of kindness and I’d say your encouragement absolutely counts! Thanks for being so sympathetic, it’s refreshing to see when it seems like the rest of the world is indifferent. And I’d also like to send the sentiment back to you! Keep hanging in there, this random American chick is rooting for you!

Ebmoclas
1
1 week ago

Thank you! :) That's very sweet of you. My wife wants in on the action and she said to send you both all her support and best wishes for the future! I can promise that in this household and certainly amongst my friends and family, we are anything but indifferent to the problems you face with healthcare. That and the problems you face with the government and justice department. We're all pulling for you though and we really hope you guys can vote in someone who brings about real reform on the above issues. Then maybe your sister can get some proper care and get back to collage where she belongs. We need tough, educated people with real life experience out there and she will qualify with bells on. Tell her to go into politics and kick the arse of whoever she can who helped keep this "arrangement" with the insurance companies in place.

Hopefully then the UK will follow suit and get rid of the idiots we have in power, better service and protect the NHS and higher education and then we can all go back to worrying about the better things in life. We will get there. I have faith in people. Well...some people. No...ok not many people. Sod it, we'll get there eventually!

OtherPlayers
28
1 week ago

Well generally it starts by you getting in an accident. After that you end up in an ambulance where they reassure you not to worry about anything and just focus on not bleeding out. Then you go to a hospital where everyone assured you that your insurance will cover everything. Afterwards you work to settle the bill but get informed that it’s going to cost you $50,000 because the dental reconstruction specialist they brought in wasn’t actually in your insurance network, and it’s your responsibility as a patient to magically know that. Also teeth are luxury bones anyways, so even if they were in network you’d probably still owe most of that. So after much struggling you set up a payment plan and go home to spend the next several years working off the debt.

Then two months later you get hit with collection calls that tank your credit for an additional $8000 bill that you never paid because they never told you about it.

Or if you’re referring to how we stand it, mainly we just go through our lives praying that we never get hit by a car or similar while watching big corporations bribe our politicians so that nothing ever changes.

thecuriousblackbird
17
1 week ago

By pointing out that universal healthcare isn’t absolutely perfect.

like these immoral fuckers

They act like the for profit health insurance companies don’t already deny everything they can. I have a friend who had to go through radiation because her insurance wouldn’t pay for the more expensive but better treatment.

I cannot tell you how many people I personally know who went without medication because they couldn’t afford it. I was extremely lucky that I had enough credit to pay for my $1500 a month medications for two years. Yeah, it took a few years to pay the cards off and other bills almost bankrupted me. But I’m extremely fortunate that my husband is such an amazing professional in his field of IT that he was able to get a job with medical benefits that have almost zero out of pocket costs.

Nobody should have to be rich to afford medical care. It’s immoral.

schnellste_schnecke
10
1 week ago

Our universal healthcare system in Germany works really well. I pay about 10% of my salary each month and get really good care in return. Just the odd copayment here and there. Not everything is perfect, but I've been in and out of the hospital a lot lately (last time with oil burns) and I don't have to worry about being bankrupted.

Compared to South Africa, where my medical wouldn't even cover my ±10$ a month anxiety meds because they don't consider anxiety disorder a serious illness.

I never want to live in a country without universal healthcare again.

iamdecal
14
1 week ago

I had a car crash a few years ago and I think the fire brigade sent my insurers an invoice for cutting me out of the car - it was something like £40 I think (I never actually saw it) , which is quite a bargain really.

EscheroOfficial
9
1 week ago

This is the thing that sucks. Obviously a life is more valuable than money, but the sheer costs of medical trips is just ridiculous. Slipped and fell down your stairs? My first thought would be “can I make it to the hospital in my own car? I don’t want to have to pay for the inevitably-useless ride in the ambulance.”

I hate American healthcare so much

CipherBear
10
1 week ago

I got ran over by a car a few years back. I declined the ambulance ride and preferred to be driven to the hospital by the guy that just ran me over.

happy_guy23
4
1 week ago

Fucking hell, that literally makes me feel sick

EscheroOfficial
3
1 week ago
Multitronic
2
1 week ago

Medical trips are expensive in the US because a majority of what is being charged is profit.

BishonenPrincess
2
1 week ago

Cranick says he told the operator he would pay whatever is necessary to have the fire put out.

His offer wasn't accepted, he said.

South Fulton's mayor said that the fire department can't let homeowners pay the fee on the spot, because the only people who would pay would be those whose homes are on fire.

The fire fee policy dates back 20 or so years.

"Anybody that's not inside the city limits of South Fulton, it's a service we offer. Either they accept it or they don't," said South Fulton Mayor David Crocker.

Firefighters did eventually show up, but only to fight the fire on the neighboring property, whose owner had paid the fee.

"They put water out on the fence line out here. They never said nothing to me. Never acknowledged. They stood out here and watched it burn," Cranick said.

Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat.  

"They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.

It's even worse than it sounds. How can it be even worse than it sounds?!

Ebmoclas
2
1 week ago

Absolute scum. They should all be fired and then shouldn't be allowed to work in the emergency services ever again. Utter bastards.

BishonenPrincess
1
1 week ago

Idk about all of them. As someone who has worked in emergency services, there have been times I’ve wanted to help so badly but I would lose my job if I got involved. Nothing as crazy as this though. Mostly along the lines of wanting to do more when the justice system fails. I’ve seen child molesters, with multiple victims all coming forward, get off scot-free because of technicalities. That’s when I wish I could do more. But still... the people who actually support this policy (like the mayor) need to be gone awhile ago.

Ebmoclas
2
1 week ago

Ah shite, sorry I didn't clarify! No, I absolutely meant the people uncharge making these decisions and those who prevented others from helping. I don't mean the average boots on the ground guys who get no say, but will lose their job if they try and help. I too have seen all sorts come in through A&E and I have been strong armed into "doing my job", when I felt there was more that could be done. It's a very fine line sometimes, but it looks like we are on the dame page.

Skiceless
3
1 week ago

The US equivalent, the Coast Guard(a branch of the military though and not run on donations) does not charge people for rescues. The ER and ambulances, though, certainly do

Multitronic
2
1 week ago

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is not the coastguard. They are a charity who operates lifeboats and conducts search and rescue, typically around swimming beaches or during floods.

The UK still has a coastguard, border force, territorial police and customs who all operate ships/helicopters and conduct maritime operations. These are all in addition to the Royal Navy.

This story is apparently from the 1980’s (according to the RNLI) and seems to get the 2 services mixed up.

Skiceless
1
1 week ago

I actually did not know that the UK has a Coast Guard. My point was, OP thought that because the US healthcare system is so fucked, that we have to pay for the privilege to be rescued. Which, for average health care, we do, i.e. ambulance and hospitals and the like. But if you actually have to be rescued by sea, the US Coast Guard will not charge you anything. So if you visit our fair country, try your best to to get capsized, otherwise yer fucked

Roundaboutcrusts
29
1 week ago

Fun fact: The RNLI is the only emergency service institution in the UK that’s run solely on donations. Meaning that child wasn’t just saved for free, that child was saved due to the generosity of the public.

I can’t speak for the coast guard and helicopter service, but other than the helmsman and mechanic (who have to be full-time), all crew members are volunteers.

Source: few generations of family have been/are in the RNLI

memoriesofgreen
9
1 week ago

Good on them. When I'm in a pub near the coast I always drop my shrapnel in any RNLI box I see.

Bongo2296
4
1 week ago

I was talking to a guy at a RNLI station a few days ago. He said the institution chooses to stay publicly funded so they have the freedom to do what they want / need to do without government regulation. Is this the actual reason?

Roundaboutcrusts
3
1 week ago

Wouldn’t be able to comment on management/direction decisions, I don’t know. I have heard that though, but it’s all hearsay and pub talk, wouldn’t like to confirm that as fact!

stuartsparadox
12
1 week ago

Nah, we don't bill for the search because that federal. You just get billed for the $20,000 hospital visit to check you are ok.

daschande
10
1 week ago

As a stupid yank, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that a dangerous sea helicopter rescue ONLY cost 7K! That should cost at LEAST triple that; they've gotta fund those executive expense accounts somehow!

Multitronic
2
1 week ago

The helicopter was probably an HM Coastguard chopper which is part of the government, so it was probably being charged at cost.

This story is also apparently from 1980.

JakeCameraAction
6
1 week ago

If an American had to be saved by the US Coast Guard (or any Fire Department or any Police Department, etc) they wouldn't be charged either.

anakaine
1
1 week ago

How about the follow up health check?

JakeCameraAction
3
1 week ago

Good lord, Tennessee.

Lets_Do_This_
5
1 week ago

The US coast guard doesn't charge, dumbass.

Skiceless
1
1 week ago

Our equivalent, the Coast Guard, doesn’t send people bills for rescuing them

ThisIsPoppyHarlow
51
1 week ago

Same here.

oberynMelonLord
46
1 week ago

air mattress.

Dugillion
30
1 week ago

Did it a least look like Lilo?

JohnnyRelentless
39
1 week ago

I just assumed it was some type of inflatable scone.

bluePachyderm
9
1 week ago

I thought it was a Lilo-themed lifesaver from the movie. But now that I think about it, kids today probably aren't very interested in those characters.

BishonenPrincess
1
1 week ago

Right? That movie is almost 20 years old. How insane is that? I doubt you can even get a lilo and stitch themed lifesaver unless if you find it online or make it yourself...

bluePachyderm
1
1 week ago

It doesn't help that we live in this remake era where the old could also be new.

AgentWashingtub1
13
1 week ago

It's a flat inflatable you lie on in the pool or at the beach. You'd probably call it a pool lounger or inflatable lounger.

jerrysugarav
9
1 week ago

We just call them pool floats here in the South. I'm sure it's regional though what it's called depending on where you are in the US.

BishonenPrincess
2
1 week ago

I've never lived in the South, but I've leaved on the Eastern coast, the Western coast, and the Midwest. All of those places, we called them "pool floaties" or just "floaties" which is basically the same thing. :)

STINKY-BUNGHOLE
4
1 week ago

a lilo (lie-low) is an air mattress, Lilo being a specific brand name. it's the same with vacuums being called a hoover because Hoover is a brand of vacuum.

BishonenPrincess
1
1 week ago

Gotcha! Thanks for the info, I genuinely love hearing about the little cultural differences people can have depending on where they live!

scarcityflow
3
1 week ago

Haha me too

anderhole
3
1 week ago

Oh I thought that until I saw your comment. So it wasn't a Lilo blow up thing?

corndog161
3
1 week ago

No a lilo is just an inflatable that you can lay on in the water. Pronounced "lie low"

I mean I suppose it could have been a Lilo lilo.

ArgonGryphon
314
1 week ago

So where does the name lilo for an floaty toy come from? I was so confused until I read the context lol

carriegood
230
1 week ago

The Li-Lo trademark for a rubberised material products was registered in UK on 19 Apr 1944 and in the USA on 25 Sep 1947 by P. B. Cow and Co Ltd. An inflatable air mattress for recreational use was advertised as one of the Li-Lo brand of products at the British Industries Fair in London 1949. Although it bears some resemblance to an air mattress, it is typically not built as strongly and may not reliably stay inflated all night long, making it impractical for use as a bed. [wikipedia]

Chocoboperfected
102
1 week ago

It's like how Kleenex is "generic" any facial tissue in the States. I think...

carriegood
46
1 week ago

Yes, but I think the Kleenex thing is mostly used by older people. I think in the UK they still use Hoover as a verb.

appleandwatermelonn
54
1 week ago

Hoover is a verb. Now if you don’t mind I need to go hoover my living room.

connor135790
25
1 week ago

It's a noun too. I'll leave the hoover upstairs for you.

TeslaIL
5
1 week ago

Wait hoover isn’t just a verb/normal noun?

pinkrotaryphone
6
1 week ago

In the States, it's a specific brand of vacuum cleaner. The episode of Skins where Peter Capaldi is trying to tidy the house for his dad but "can't get the sodding Hoover working" threw me bc it was a Dyson and I'd never heard hoover as a generic term before.

carriegood
1
1 week ago

Hoover was the first manufacturer of vacuum cleaners, and for decades was basically the only brand anyone bought.

pinkkittenfur
1
1 week ago

My grandma pronounced it Klin-ex. Every time I see Kleenex, I hear it the way she said it.

mistylikes
12
1 week ago

And a Hills Hoist in Australia = a clothes line

saichampa
4
1 week ago

They are the best though, especially for swinging on as a kid without it collapsing

mokaikai
2
1 week ago

Same as what we call "Glad Wrap" in New Zealand, it's cling wrap and Glad is the brand but everyone refers to it as glad wrap

Chocoboperfected
1
1 week ago

Here in the states that’s Saran Wrap. Same thing though! Brand domination.

alwaysinpain901
41
1 week ago

I have absolutely no idea, I’ve just always only ever known it as a lilo. Knowing Britain, it probably came from slang that stuck and became the most used word.

stateofdismay
4
1 week ago

Is it pronounced like “lee-low” or like “lie-low?”

Marcarth
7
1 week ago

Looking at the other comment comparing it to an air mattress, lie low seems more logical.

loupenny
8
1 week ago

It would indeed be lielow but not because of the bed link, it's a brand that became the name for all items same as sellotape, hoovers etc.

Mostly_me
32
1 week ago

Huh. I thought it was a lilo and stitch floaty toy... TIL...

charlie145
13
1 week ago

Lilo and Stitch is Disney, no way you would get any merchandise for 7 quid

IIIPJ
8
1 week ago

Did you mean 7 squid? Yeah I wouldn't trade for that either

Mostly_me
2
1 week ago

Guess I'm too used to Mexico lol, I didn't even consider the fact that there wouldn't be cheap knock offs in other countries lol

Wenge03
96
1 week ago

Whats the betting parents think RNLI is a Govt agency like Coastguard when it's really a charity operated by volunteers.

davidmirkin
11
1 week ago

Tbf it doesn't look like this newspaper understand that either. They seem to interchange who's being charged and who's doing the rescuing.

Binary-
1
1 week ago

and that the incident happened in the 1980s....

ThePitiless
73
1 week ago
thefaith1029
9
1 week ago

I was very happy to find that, that's a real subreddit.

Iwoktheline
53
1 week ago

Imagine how much it would have cost if it was Stitch, instead.

thecuriousblackbird
17
1 week ago

Pretty sure Stitch would have eaten most of the electronics and interior of the helicopter.

demon969
8
1 week ago

If it was for a Stitch I can imagine them opening the letter, reading it and loudly exclaiming “this is a stitch up, right?”

alwaysinpain901
38
1 week ago
ChunkyLaFunga
12
1 week ago

That's not the article, it was auto-copied from the article.

They got it from WalesOnline whl appear to have removed it, the link in their search results 404's now.

I was looking for legitimacy and am not finding it..?

paleirishboy
7
1 week ago

This has to be fake I definitely would have seen this in the news if it was true

hokeyWB
39
1 week ago

I did an Ambulance Medic course once, and they teach you that when you have to remove an item of clothing to find the seam and cut along the stich, so that when the patient sues you for ruining their jeans or shirt while saving their life they can only get money for the repair, and not a full replacement. It happens so often that you want to minimise the amount of your income you lose every week.

alwaysinpain901
28
1 week ago

Wow, I can’t believe people are so petty. I’ve seen shows about paramedics and they tell patients that they need to cut their clothes off. Most of the time the patient will beg the paramedics not to cut their clothes and ask them to instead remove the clothes properly, even though it could potentially cause life changing spinal injuries from moving the patient too much. I don’t understand what goes through some peoples brains!

hokeyWB
13
1 week ago

And what gets me is that there is no protection... you would think that the court would just throw out any claim... but no.

SuzLouA
1
1 week ago

In fairness, those people are almost certainly in shock.

CrowhavenRoad
9
1 week ago

I was cut out of my car at 17, and the people who removed my hoodie cut it up the front, right next to the zip...

hokeyWB
9
1 week ago

Well that is just silly... the zip would be the fastest and safest way of getting it open.

CrowhavenRoad
5
1 week ago

Yeah, I’m still dumbfounded about it

morningsunbeer
8
1 week ago

I'm a surgeon and I've never heard this when I did trauma. Hopefully I'll never need to do trauma again, but TIL.

xJassea
35
1 week ago

Fucking typical of Cornwall unfortunately, and I live here 😕

alwaysinpain901
26
1 week ago

I know right, I lived there for 13 years, so thankful to be away from all the tourists that leave their brains at home! 😂

cameroon36
8
1 week ago

At least you don't live near the M5 in Devon and have to bear tourists driving their tiny caravans at 80 MPH. The amount of times I've thought "this is it" when behind one I cannot count.

Now we can talk about the traffic for 6 weeks every year...

alwaysinpain901
4
1 week ago

Tell me about it. I lived in a town which had two very popular cycle trails that the tourists just loved to use. Every year they would rent bicycles and ride around the very busy town without any care or attention. Plus they’d let their kids ride on the road and pay zero attention to them. Idiots.

Elite_AI
2
1 week ago

This thread is making me very glad to be a SEasterner.

Then again, we have our own problems...

WongaSparA80
1
1 week ago

Spent two years commuting to Exeter for an hour, it was hell.

xJassea
4
1 week ago

I love the place but the people tend to suck unfortunately lmao

alours
1
1 week ago

It might’ve been taken to trial, anyways.

Samic_OWillie
5
1 week ago

Bleddy emmets

Porkins-Red6
3
1 week ago

I'm from the town this happened in. Sad times.

malnox
13
1 week ago

Put her back

demon969
25
1 week ago

Nah not the kid. Dump the parents out there instead

HSoar
12
1 week ago

This will get burried due to me being late to the party.

The article is wrong. Whilst I don't doubt that it happened there was not a rescue off porthleven involving a lilo recently. They are also talking about 771 SQN which was disbanded in 2016! I did a bit of further reading and this was infact a story told to the current porthleven RNLI branch president, by a former 771 member. It is possible it's all bullshit it's possible it's not. Also I don't recall there bring RN divers when 771 was a thing. They had a bloke who would be winched down but I have never heard of RN aircrewman being used as divers.

alwaysinpain901
6
1 week ago

It says in the article that it happened in the 80’s and one of the members of the RNLI talked about the story at an event over the weekend, hence how it got in the news again. I’d imagine as it came from the mouth of an RNLI volunteer that there is at least some truth to the story. I don’t think it was a diver, I think the person in the water was someone winched down to pick up the child, but I can’t say for sure as I was neither there or even alive at the time.

HSoar
4
1 week ago

I can't find the bit from the article linked by the mod that says it was from a story told it just states it like it happened recently never mentioning a date and it says in the picture that it was a diver which is actually what confused me most. I also was not alive at the time my dad however was in 771 during the late 80s so I can ask him if it's a bullshit story or actually happened.

alwaysinpain901
3
1 week ago

Ah I see, I’ve read a few articles about it as well as comments made by the RNLI so I forgot what I read where. Your dad sounds so amazing, you’re very lucky!

StrenghGeek
10
1 week ago

Bru, send the parents at sea and don’t rescue them

Drunken_Economist
9
1 week ago

For those who aren't under the queen: "Lilo" is a brand of inflatable mattress, but has come to mean "inflatable pool float" in the Commonwealth

Chelcsaurus-rex
1
1 week ago

So for someone not 'under the queen' as you call it... RNLI? Article doesn't define the acronym and I'm an uncultured swine.

SuzLouA
2
1 week ago

Royal National Lifeboat Institution https://rnli.org/

They’re a charity who basically act alongside the coastguard in certain areas.

Chelcsaurus-rex
1
1 week ago

Thank you!

ICameHereForClash
7
1 week ago

Lilos are terrible for the ocean. If you don’t get swept away, the lilo will go and join the flotsam and jetsam without you, being another hunk of trash in the ocean

smishyelobapies
6
1 week ago

Please tell me this is a joke

cybot2001
1
1 week ago

No, but the story is from the 80's

You_Again-_-
2
1 week ago

What do you mean it's from the 80's???

HSoar
1
1 week ago

This was a story told to the current rnli president by a former 771 sqn member. If you check my comment history I explain it better there

alours
1
1 week ago

What is goi- ALL HAIL MILK FROG!

a_furry_yeet
6
1 week ago
FirstChurchOfBrutus
5
1 week ago

You forgot got the /r/assholetax potential. Bitch about £7? Here’s a bill for £7000!

stuckinperpetuity
6
1 week ago

Just throw the parents into the chopper propellor instead.

Careful_with_ThatAxe
4
1 week ago

It really disgusts me.

ThisandThatYT
4
1 week ago

Throw the child back out there

TriXieCat13TX
3
1 week ago

The RNLI should send them a bill for use of the helicopter, fuel costs, and the personnel cost of every person involved in the rescue of their child. Minus £7 for the lilo.

IncendiaryBullet
4
1 week ago

They should pay them the £7, then charge them the £7,000 just to fuck with them.

jaso151
4
1 week ago

I would send them an itemised invoice for the rescue

Call out charge - £200 Rescue by helicopter -£800 Risking crews lives -£1000 Asshole negligent parent charge -£5000

Tell them the Lilo will be paid for upon receipt of the full outstanding amount.

Cheeky cunts.

Edit: first time I’ve witnessed the shitty mobile formatting

lucyian86
4
1 week ago

Fed up of idiots like this taking inflatables in the sea. I've lived in a sea side town my whole life, we know about the rip, there are signs up warning about the rough seas, and yet the idiot holiday makers come out every year. There has been so many rescues this year! Choppers been out at least 3 times a week all holiday and life boat 4 or 5 times a day. Just read the damn signs.

stuckinperpetuity
0
1 week ago

Give the rescue workers all a 2 month summer holiday and if the idiots die, the idiots die.

Darthvegeta81
3
1 week ago
StaticDashy
3
1 week ago

Who the hell still uses fortnight to refer to two weeks

Edit: fortnight not fortnite

arcxjo
2
1 week ago

Limeys

haringtiti
1
1 week ago

thank you! I scrolled way too far before seeing this addressed

StaticDashy
0
1 week ago

As a geek it is my duty to question everything

Sunshinelottie
3
1 week ago

Damn the waters ain’t good out round Porthleven. Storms are pretty ferocious and there are some nasty currents further along by Loe Bar. A man died there previously I believe. Shithead parents billing for 7 quid... would they have preferred the floatie be saved instead of their child?

Hirohitoswaifu
3
1 week ago

The sad thing is it’s a charity. People think it’s a joke and all but these people need all the funds they can get to save lives. It’s like the air ambulance. Some people need to wake up. Fuckin annoying.

AgaveBunny
2
1 week ago

Wow

fractal2
2
1 week ago

What a twit

hipposaregood
2
1 week ago

The RNLI are a charity and most of the people out there risking their lives are unpaid volunteers. Absolute stinkers.

buildameowchiforme
2
1 week ago

Wow. If someone saved my child like that they’d be invited to every Christmas dinner, every summer bbq, every birthday celebration, and remembered as a hero in our family. There would be no way to pay them back.

corndog161
1
1 week ago

But certainly you would charge the typical attendance fee us reasonable people charge for said events?

Emanresu_euqinu_2
2
1 week ago

As an American I assumed that the family was billed for the rescue first and then asked for the £7.

2danielshiao
2
1 week ago

“You want your lilo? Go get it!”

yeets the child back into the ocean

SaintTymez
2
1 week ago

Glad I clicked in and read that last paragraph

KebDoesTheStuff
2
1 week ago

Seems like a great deal theyll have a net gain of -6993$

aa599
2
1 week ago

I thought most helicopters had their rotors set to "blow down", not "suck up".

fireandlifeincarnate
2
1 week ago

Counteroffer seems more than fair.

jazzybyrd20
2
1 week ago

Ooofff

Jjamessoto
2
1 week ago

I Probably send it to them but with even bigger holes

bkfst_of_champinones
2
1 week ago

Seriously how far can two people get their heads up their own asses.

Kachajal
2
1 week ago

How can you possibly be this stupid, entitled, self-centered, thoughtless and petty?

I thought I'd never be surprised by the sheer idiocy of people again, but somehow this put the lie to that.

chadlumanthehuman
2
1 week ago

TIL what a lilo was.

stateofdismay
2
1 week ago

Wtf is a lilo?

arcxjo
1
1 week ago

That little Chinese girl from the Disney movie.

stateofdismay
2
1 week ago

But she’s Hawaiian...

arcxjo
1
1 week ago

I'll be honest, I've never actually seen Cinderella, I just assumed.

damitbobsaget
2
1 week ago

They should send the parents a bill for 6993 pounds.

Bottom_Shelf_Bob
2
1 week ago

Yea I love the officer's response

Cybiu5
2
1 week ago

JFC i give street musicians more than that how the fuck do they even have the mental energy to think of sending an invoice for something like that let alone lack any kind of decency

falloutkittens_
2
1 week ago

Wait wait wait wait, so he saved their child, and seriously asked him to pay for a cheap floatie?

AeyviDaro
2
1 week ago

Some people only understand life in terms of money. I swear there are Ferengi existing disguised as humans.

BOYHAWK
2
1 week ago

Heart started racing when I read the lilo was popped

LadyNerdosity
0
1 week ago

They should just stitch it up

tchiseen
2
1 week ago

I fully agree, they should replace the lilo and then put it and the kid back where they found it.

wbbugs
2
1 week ago

I’m from the UK and it makes me ashamed to read this shit! Somewhere along the way people are losing IQ at a rapid rate.

Wtcorp_1
2
1 week ago

Doesn't surprise me, you get some entitled twats who come on holiday to cornwall

petrolhead74
2
1 week ago

Entitled shits.

milkmaid-man
1
1 week ago

Cha cha real smooth

B_ManIsTheBest
1
1 week ago

Ultimate reverse uno card

BlackParade87B
1
1 week ago

Well, this is annoying, but the guy who wrote back... r/madlads

awittyorfunnyname
1
1 week ago

CHUNGA CHUNGA CHUNGA

AlexB-_-
1
1 week ago

Should drop the kid back off in the sea.

Colacubeninja
1
1 week ago

Porthleven represeeeeent!

I_am_door
1
1 week ago

I had to look up what a lilo was

fishwizard83
1
1 week ago

this is very American behavior for a European, as over here you would be billed for your rescue services and the most petty amongst us would be wont to file for recompense

Jesterchunk
1
1 week ago

Now that is how to respond to an ungrateful witch of a parent.

thisusernameis_real
1
1 week ago

The kid should have drowned. Would the parents ask for the 7$?

GoYeetYourself
1
1 week ago

Stonks

RushStapler
1
1 week ago

Why?

Soreqt
1
1 week ago

What language is that currency

Boi55
1
1 week ago

Lilo? Like Lilo & Stitch

alours
1
1 week ago

Man. I was not disappointed.

Link

Fanace5
1
1 week ago
DuntadaMan
1
1 week ago

Jesus, how are we both speaking English but it sounds like the English speak a whole other language?

doron12349
1
1 week ago

That would be 6,993£ please,thank you

StealthAlloy765
1
1 week ago

Right after I read a story photo pops up

Nyaa_UwU
1
1 week ago

Set out in the sun for a fortnite

CarpetCheeto
1
1 week ago

Who the fuck raises people like this?

ieatassonfirstdate
1
1 week ago

TIL those inflatable floating beds are called “lilo”

hagaroosh2004
1
1 week ago

What is a lilo

AeyviDaro
1
1 week ago

I’m assuming it’s an inflatable pool toy.

hagaroosh2004
2
1 week ago

Oh lol

CManns762
1
1 week ago

Until the end I read it as £7 million

princeofddr
1
1 week ago

Get that kid away from them NOW.

FlowbotFred
1
1 week ago

Instead of a snarky response they should have just sent the $7000 bill for the rescue operation

Birbman3
1
1 week ago

In America, they often send the bill for rescues like this. Particularly if the rescuee acted recklessly.

Sakura_M_S
1
1 week ago

I didn't understand half the therms in there. And nothing, I just wanted to say I'm very ignorant, good evening.

geekygamergirl2081
1
1 week ago

sure we'll pay for the floaty...but you have to pay us for rescuing your crotch goblin

Littlered1123
1
1 week ago

It’s called being grateful your child is alive, sounds like they should try it some time!

archz007
1
1 week ago

People are insane. If that was my niece (don't really have a child), I would probably be sending them Christmas gifts and greetings for a decade or so.

shiba_tea
1
1 week ago

Fortnight

iam_allie
1
1 week ago
cloudrem
1
1 week ago

saying he would pay them £7 if they cover the costs of the £7,000 helicopter rescue

Amazing

tacolover2k4
1
1 week ago

“U want 7 bucks? Ok, pay me off first you crazy bitch”

_Dayofid_
1
1 week ago

Tactical fap break

MyNameIsLucyAndImA
1
1 week ago

I can and can't believe this all at the same time. The RNLI do great things and risk their lives as fucking volunteers.

Sephran
1
1 week ago

wait.... volunteers? you serious? wow. Mad respect to those folks.

Dylanator13
1
1 week ago

Why would they even want to buy another one? Seriously your kid needs to be rescued in a helicopters because of it and you want to put them on one again?

bsteve856
1
1 week ago

I highly doubt that this is a true story. But assuming that this is a true story, then it is very likely that there is more to this story than meets the eye. Why would they ask for 7 GBP? This is a trivial amount, so what is going on?

Well, I don't know, but there may be a legal reason why the parents would ask for the 7 GBP, that have nothing to do with with the money for lilo, and everything to do with positioning themselves in an event of a suit associated with the rescue. For example, if there is a dispute between the parents and the rescue service, then private information may be handled differently. Or, if there suit, maybe the decision of who is a claimant and counter-claimant, which may give a strategic advantage during the litigation, may be determined who put forth their claim first.

somegreatusernameyay
1
1 week ago

It's worth also pointing out the RNLI is a CHARITY - it's not paid for with taxes. The people who rescued her could well be VOLUNTEERING.

BisexualVegan
0
1 week ago

Ok maybe the parents are in the wrong, but couldn’t each of the people that saved her throw in a few euros? I mean 7 bucks isn’t something crazy

DreSoFly
0
1 week ago

Why should they? It’s the least the parents could do after they saved their child.

BisexualVegan
1
1 week ago

I know I’m just saying usually when you damage peoples property you pay them back.

BOYHAWK
0
1 week ago

Is everyone pretending not to see fortnite

13ANANAFISH
0
1 week ago

I like that mike played some fortnite before doing anything

Dakotah_shmakota
-1
1 week ago

European English is hard

Ghosttalker96
4
1 week ago

You mean "English"

Manny-Manny
-2
1 week ago

they misspelled fortnite, hah nerds 💯🤘🏽😂😂😂😂😂😂🤬😈

BrandonGamerguy
3
1 week ago

A fortnight is two weeks

brudd_be_rad
-4
1 week ago

Lol, Somehow this devolved into a denunciation of the American healthcare system. edgy

Moothulhu
-8
1 week ago

What did he reveal about Fortnite?

marcel1944
3
1 week ago

A fortnight is two weeks

Moothulhu
-3
1 week ago

What do you mean a Fortnite game takes less than 15 minutes.

marcel1944
3
1 week ago

Please be trolling

GrandmaJoe666
1
1 week ago

Ur gay

chickenlishus
-8
1 week ago

Die idiots. So sick of these types of stories. Might as well get used to them, though.

Megouski
-9
1 week ago

This belongs in /r/ABoringDystopia not insane parents.

Saving each other from death SHOULD BE FUCKING FREE and here we are hating these people while others make billions off our pain and suffering and it happens in a million other ways every day that isnt plastered on reddit. Wake the fuck up.

BWBtehawezome
3
1 week ago

I mean.. I totally agree with you, but it was free in this instance. RNLI is a charity, they use the money collected to save people's lives and don't charge them anything for it. In this case, the parents were being petty, so the letter was sent to prove a point - at no point were the parents actually obligated to pay for the service which saved their child.

Like I said, totally agree with you though! It is completely immoral to make profit off healthcare and other life-saving facilities.

AeyviDaro
0
1 week ago

Agreed.

[deleted]
-83
1 week ago

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Lumina_Luminesce
50
1 week ago

Only after they pay the 7 grand

ArgonGryphon
31
1 week ago

Yea no one is going to side with them. Do you send paramedics a bill after they cut your clothes off to save your life?

BoksburgUFO
24
1 week ago

Did you read the article with your eyes closed buddy?

longcockrock
1
1 week ago

What did he say

BoksburgUFO
2
1 week ago

Something about they should have just payed the £7

longcockrock
1
1 week ago

Well then in that case if they’re gonna get pissed about the 7 dollars, it’s entirely fair for the coastguard to either pay with the kid or for them to keep the kid until they get their 7,000$.

BoksburgUFO
2
1 week ago

Totally agree u/longcockrock

d3ds1r-reboot
23
1 week ago

Honestly just give them the £7000 it's not worth it lol

stillindie
10
1 week ago

Class, this is the incorrect response.

Impastaz309
15
1 week ago

Remember kids, this is an assignment about your opinion, there are no wrong answers! Except that guy. That guy's fucking wrong. Like, come on. The parents are shitbags.

firekitty3
9
1 week ago

Maybe you should pay them since you feel that way!