There are a lot of us who have busy days where we rush from one activity to the next in order to complete everything by a certain time.
Everyone has gone through those times when it’s hard to find the time to even plan our meals, let alone use the restroom.
But when we take a break, it’s nice to have five minutes to relax and eat. An officer of the law also has this right.
For taking his one and only break during a 12-hour shift to get lunch, PC Andre Owen was shamed by a woman.
Thousands of people have backed the committed officer after his social media response went viral.
Andre Owen is aware of how difficult an officer’s day can be. Being a police constable, he is also aware of the efforts made by law enforcement professionals around the world to uphold public safety.
It goes without saying that hardworking people like our police officers and cops occasionally need a break.
They save lives while posing as superheroes, but they are still only human.
Police Constable Owens took a break after working nonstop for seven hours and still having a 100-mile drive and paperwork to complete.
In order to get through the remaining hours of his shift, he made a quick stop at Burger King.
Sadly, there was one person dining there who didn’t give a fig. She humiliated Owen by pointing out that he had bought food while he was working.
PC A woman approached Owen as he prepared to get back into his car and travel the considerable distance back to his station.
While you’re in here stuffing your face, the police need to catch criminals outside. ”.
The officer then mounted the best defense he could muster.
After spending an endless amount of time helping others, Owen took to Twitter to express his shock at the woman’s response to him taking a break to eat.
He claimed that the woman who criticized him for buying food had been staring at him while he was waiting to pick up his order.
Following PC Owen’s widely shared post, the committed officer received a lot of support. Owen began to get more attention five years into his job with the Sussex Police than he had ever imagined.
“I tweeted it, and it received a lot of positive feedback and immediate attention. The Evening Standard reports that he claimed the tweet’s objective was not to express sympathy but rather to educate the public about the reality of what is typical in the UK.
The policeman had a very busy day before the woman yelled at him, he claimed in a statement to The Mirror.
He was about to finish his shift at 3 p.m. that day and was already hungry and worn out.
Only five minutes into my shift, I was offered a significant job in Brighton. After taking care of that, I had to drive continuously to Oxford as part of the same assignment, single-crewed.
“A half-hour into the return journey, I made my first stop of the day at a service station to use the restroom. I also bought a double whopper meal, a cappuccino, a Coke, and an apple pie while I was there.
The unnamed female assumed the worst about the situation when she saw the officer in uniform.
As I waited, “a lady, eating her food, kept staring at me,” Owen recalled.
She said, “While you’re in here stuffing your face, there are criminals that need to be caught,” as I ate. I smiled and quietly walked away.
The policeman claimed that after he offered to help a family with a broken-down car, his already long shift—which had already been extended to 12 hours—became much longer.
Despite the fact that his shift was already over, he didn’t hesitate. Owen stepped in, blocked traffic, and assisted a family in escaping harm.
“I then waited for recovery to find them while securing everyone in the area with my blue lights. Owen claimed that because of it, my already lengthy day was extended by an additional hour.
Unfortunately, he would still need to travel 100 miles to get back to the station. Before he could return home, he had a backlog of papers to finish.
He finished his shift at 7:00 pm.
“Even though it’s lengthy and the lady irritated me at the time, I enjoy my job and, on the whole, wouldn’t trade it for the world,” he continued.
I’m sure many police officers can relate to PC Owen’s story, and we are grateful for everything he has done to keep our streets safe.
Most police officers genuinely enjoy their jobs, despite long hours and low pay.
It takes a lot of commitment to put your life in danger for strangers, many of whom would despise you for the minor offense of taking a lunch break.
Therefore, smile when you see an officer grabbing a quick bite the next time rather than assuming anything.
Sometimes, we are unaware of their experiences or potential future hardships. Remember too that police are also just ordinary people.
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