A Staffordshire nurse who allegedly received death threats for ‘shouting’ at a carer over spreading germs was “protecting her profession”, claims a friend.
A distraught carer shared a picture of herself crying on Facebook after the alleged incident in B&M Bargains, in Burton, claiming she had been accused by a nurse of “spreading germs” for wearing her uniform in the store
BurtonLive says a friend of the woman accused of shouting at the carer is an intensive care unit nurse working on the front line of the battle against coronavirus.
The carer had claimed the woman followed her round the store and shouted at her. But the friend claims the nurse was reminding her of Covid-19 guidance stating uniforms should be covered up with a coat or jumper – or not worn at all – while out shopping.
They said: “She quietly approached the carer to give her sound advice in a friendly manner to protect her, not have a go at her.
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“It was also to protect the profession, as she should’ve fully covered up her uniform by putting a jacket on.
“She does feel sorry for the woman, as she’s getting as much abuse now as (the nurse) is because of a silly mistake.
“She wouldn’t wish her any harm at all.”
The carer shared a video on Facebook with the caption: “I know I’m an ugly crier, but this lady has just followed me around B&M shouting at me saying I’m not allowed in the shop because I’m in uniform.
“Apparently I’m not allowed to buy non-essential items, (how does she know I’m not doing clients’ shopping?).
“Apparently I spread germs before and after corona, and she’s reporting me to my manager who I’ve just spoken to, and they said I’m not doing anything wrong.
“We have worked so hard, no clients have Covid-19 so we are clearly doing something right. She shouted at me for a good 10 minutes before I decided to film her because she was following me.
“No staff in the shop helped me, no-one stuck up for me, a Polish couple told me not to cry, bless them, and said she’s stupid.
“I feel really disgusted at this lady’s behaviour. I have done nothing wrong.”
The carer uploaded a second post thanking people for their support and for gifts that had been sent to her.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said they had been informed about the abusive messages the nurse had received.
He said: “Officers received a report of malicious communications from a woman in Stretton at around 11.20am on May 26.
“A number of abusive messages were sent to the woman on social media following an incident in a shop.
“Officers have spoken to the woman and given advice.
“Sending threatening or abusive messages could amount to a criminal offence and should be reported to social media website administrators and police.”
A University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: “Neither of the people involved in the video clip are currently or have previously been employed at the trust.
“Our staff have been given clear guidance about the correct procedure for the wearing and washing of uniforms and scrubs outside of work in line with the use of personal protective equipment.
“Our staff have been working hard to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and we welcome the continued efforts of our communities in stopping the spread of infection.”