We can all agree that the heroes working for our NHS deserve the world and more, and that’s why stories about the public showing them their appreciation need as much coverage as possible.
One such story has been shared by David Tillyer, a paramedic at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who had just finished a night shift and popped over to Lidl to do some shopping.
When he arrived there was a large queue outside, but one by one everyone in it let him go ahead of them, followed by a huge round of applause and messages of thanks.
Then once he’d finished his shopping, a woman he’d been talking to insisted she paid for it all, swiping her card to cover the charges.
David took to social media to share the amazing story, where it received a massive response, racking up hundreds of thousands of likes and shares.
He wrote on Facebook: “I am humbled and a little bit emotional. I finished my night shift this morning and joined the line of shoppers waiting to enter Lidl in Cromer. One by one they all let me ahead of them followed by a round of applause and thank yous.
“Once I’d done my round of shopping inside, a lady I’d been chatting to in the queue ran up and swiped her card on the reader to pay for my shopping. I tried to say ‘that’s kind but you mustn’t’ but she said with a smile ‘not much you can do to stop me now’.
“Thank you to the lady that did that and thank you to all the shoppers that made me feel special after a tough run of shifts.”
David later edited his post, writing: “I am amazed at the response this post has received. For anyone wanting to show their thanks to everyone on the front line, I implore you to donate to NARS.
“Without your help they simply can’t keep doing what they do. Please go to https://givi.ng/261666 for more information.”
What a brilliant story! You can donate here, and if you’ve got some money to spare please do.
Morrisons shoppers upset over ‘intimidating’ Union Jack packaging in the supermarket
Morrisons use of the Union Jack flag on British products has kicked off a debate online.
It was sparked when a shopper posted a picture of the Union Jack branding on the supermarket’s eggs and butter.
Pictures of the products were posted to Twitter, with the customer writing: “Just back from a trip to Morrisons. Is it just me, or have their butter and eggs always been this… patriotic?”
The post sparked a debate and divided opinion in the comments, with some saying they will boycott the items while others argued it was just marking them as being British products.
Someone replied to the tweet to say: “Very upset by porridge I saw in Morrisons. This flagging everything is very unpleasant and quite intimidating.”
A second added: “Retaliate. I’m no longer buying anything packaged as such. Hurt them through their bank accounts.”
While another replied: “Won’t be buying eggs from Morrisons.”
Some people were confused as to why people were so offended by the Union flag being on British products.
One person said: “I can’t believe you all get triggered over the fact it’s showing we have British products in our stores. You should be proud that it’s cut down on air miles and transport costs and in turn is helpful for the environment. No, you’d rather moan about the national flag.”
A second asked: “They also have the French flag on Brie and Camembert cheeses and the Italian flag on a number of meats. Should we remove them as well? Or is it just because it is the British flag?”
Handbag thief faceplants into ‘one way’ sign after stealing £760 Moschino bag in the city centre
That’s gotta hurt…
A man trying to make a swift getaway from police ended up getting more than he bargained for.
The suspect ended up with a sore head after smashing into a ‘one way’ sign after his concentration slipped.
The 33-year-old male was attempting to give Greater Manchester Police the slip after stealing a £760 Moschino bag in the city centre.
While he was making off from officers he looked behind him and ended up faceplanting straight into the sign.
He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody to recover from a ‘sore head’.
GMP took to Twitter and Facebook yesterday to share the news, saying that ‘all signs suggest he’ll make a full recovery’.
GMP City Centre wrote: “One way to custody… A 33yr old male stole a £760 Moschino hand bag. Whilst making off from officers, he looked behind him & then faceplanted straight into a One Way road sign.
“Male now in custody recovering from a sore head, all signs suggest he’ll make a full recovery!”
Police at the Arndale as huge queues form on first day of non-essential shops reopening
Are you heading out to the shops today?
Today, Monday April 12th, sees stage two of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown come into effect.
As part of this second stage, pubs, bars and restaurants can reopen for outdoor drinking and dining, while places like gyms, salons and hairdressers can also welcome people back.
Non-essential retail can also throw open its doors once again, meaning shops in places like the city centre, Arndale and Trafford Centre can reopen from today.
Huge queues have been forming as people are keen to return to shops after lockdown, with large gatherings of people spotted at the Arndale.
Photos and videos have been posted to social media showing people trying to get in the shopping centre from Market Street, with the Arndale opening at 8am today.
Sean Hansford posted a video to Twitter showing a large group being dispersed from the entrance to the Arndale, with very little social distancing happening.
A security guard asks them to move away and to social distance, but the group initially just congregates nearby.
Later videos show a more orderly queue going down Market Street after Covid marshals managed to organise shoppers, with police also spotted assisting with the queues.
Large queues were also spotted at Primark over at the Trafford Centre, as the popular budget retailer reopened its doors.
Will you be heading out shopping today, or are you waiting until things calm down a bit?