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Surreal scene in waitrose this evening

On 12 Oct 2012 at 10:49pm Stephen wrote:
I guess there was nothing else they could but queuing for the checkout at Waitrose while a dying man was given CPR not 3 yards away was surreal and unsettling.
I can't say for certain whether the guy died but it looked like they had been doing CPR for some time.
Should waitrose have stopped allowing customers in until the situation was resolved.
On 12 Oct 2012 at 10:53pm the old mayor wrote:
Awkward !
On 12 Oct 2012 at 11:05pm Bongo wrote:
Safeway never stopped anyone shopping when an elderly person had died in an aisle. A mate of mine who worked there told me that it wasn't a particularly unusual event!
On 12 Oct 2012 at 11:34pm scary portas wrote:
i heard that there are regular faintings and blackouts at le magasin, normally provoked by hearing the price of a cappuccino or pastry. Irrelevant steve, eat your heart out.
On 13 Oct 2012 at 12:24am Webbo wrote:
I was in there when the man fell down, the paramedics were there within 5 minutes!
10 minutes later when I left the place they were still doing CPR.

I went home and realised after about 10 minutes I had forgotten the main thing I went for so so went back and got it, when I left they were still doing CPR around 25 minutes after he fell.

It was just so weird that everyone else including me just carried on shopping while someone was having the most traumatic experience of his life.

I just imagine that when I keel over the world will stop for maybe a second or two.

Did he make it?
On 13 Oct 2012 at 4:32am Dog in a Cape wrote:
I to saw an Ambulance outside Waitrose and thought someone must have had a turn, I didn't think nothing more about it.
It wasn't until I had finished shopping when I saw the paramedics were given CPR to the Man/Woman, it seemed like they had been there doing so for some time.
They seemed to slow down it looked as though the Man/Woman had past away. Everything seemed to be in slow motion. The Ambulance crew resigned, no rushing to get the trolley from the Ambulance. I had to get out of there.
I probably had seen Him/Her before shopping in Lewes.
I couldn't help myself from crying on my walk home.
Yes it is very sad, I couldn't help feeling that I wouldn't want to die in Waitrose that way. Unfortunately the reality is a great many people probably do.
On 13 Oct 2012 at 7:12am J Davis wrote:
I was with my 8 year old daughter at the time and I wish they had blocked the area some how. Poor guy, I hope he was brought back!
On 13 Oct 2012 at 7:49am DIGNIFIED PIRATE wrote:
YARGH! A little privacy couldn't have hurt their profits too much, surely.
On 13 Oct 2012 at 8:26am Chillie 123 wrote:
What kind of world do we live in when profits are worth more than preserving a person's dignity. The store manager should be ashamed!
On 13 Oct 2012 at 8:47am Rookie wrote:
A man collapsed on one of the moving walkways at Gatwick a few years ago. At least the next 20 people just stepped over him when he reached the end. Sad.
On 13 Oct 2012 at 8:53am Earl of Lewes wrote:
In fairness to the store manager, it might have been more disruptive to the paramedics to try and empty the store while they were busy.

I'd rather die in Waitrose than Tesco.

On 13 Oct 2012 at 9:43am TDA wrote:
Were they organic Paramedics?
On 13 Oct 2012 at 12:13pm bongo wrote:
Organic? Lol! Probably Waitrose requested middle class paramedics, just so they fitted with their brand image ;-)
On 13 Oct 2012 at 3:42pm Rene wrote:
It is very sad and upsetting,and if the persons family are reading these comments there are a couple that are bit below the belt. Have a little respect lewes and surronding villages all use this site. I hope whoever it was is alright,but if not my sympthy goes out to him/her and all the family.
On 13 Oct 2012 at 3:43pm Mme B wrote:
(Second attempt at posting!)
Webbo, what you say about everyone carrying with their business while a tragedy is happening reminded me of a well-known poem "Musee des Beaux Arts" in which a painting shows Daedalus and Icarus falling from the sky while everyone is oblivious and carries on as normal. Can anyone remember who wrote it?
Sad to think the poor man died, but don't you think better there, where there are people around to get help, rather than alone and unnoticed at home? RIP
On 13 Oct 2012 at 4:03pm Southover Queen wrote:
It's by Auden, Mme B. I've linked to it.
I've often had that feeling that when something shattering happens to you and you see the world carrying on as if nothing has happened. At least it sounds as if the poor gentleman would not have been aware of what had happened, and going on with your day is considerably better than standing gawping which is what many do. (Or worse, film it all and put it on YouTube)

Shame on you other people, making light of such a sad event. It's not funny.

Check it out here »
On 13 Oct 2012 at 6:27pm Mme B wrote:
Again, 2nd attempt to post.
Thanks, SQ, and thanks for putting the poem and painting up. I though it might be Auden, but didn't want to reveal too much ignorance!
On 13 Oct 2012 at 7:08pm jamie wrote:
i to see this and think it was absolutely disgusting that no attempt was made to close the shop whilst this was going on, there was children as young as 3 seeing this- they should of closed the shop and got everyone to leave through the other exit it's not like it's Asda and it's Lewes so not even that busy
definitely something i wish i hadn't seen and it bought back some raw memories for my girlfriend who lost her Grandad through the same thing
Did he survive ??
On 13 Oct 2012 at 9:38pm uckers barry wrote:
this is very sad news of someone passing over the people who dont want to see such events take their children or their selves away from the area then you have the curious ones that cant help their selves from watching or getting in the way its human nature r.i.p
On 13 Oct 2012 at 11:28pm TDA wrote:
Sorry SQ, gallows humour. We're all going to cark it somewhere aren't we.
On 13 Oct 2012 at 11:58pm Pedant wrote:
For heaven's sake jamie, it's "should have" or "should've", not "should of". Did you learn nothing at school?
On 14 Oct 2012 at 1:48pm brixtonbelle wrote:
That's very sad to hear. My condolences to the family.
In more emergency news -
Anyone know why a fire engine and several police cars were rushing around Lewes at about 4pm yesterday (Sat) ? The fire engine went haring past towards Western Road end of High St only to turn back and hare back to war memorial whereupon it had a conversation with a police vehicle about where the emergency was. Seemed like neither knew where they were supposed to be going.....
On 14 Oct 2012 at 5:59pm Ducatipete wrote:
Should have gone to Aldi, much cheaper.
On 15 Oct 2012 at 4:40pm jrsussex wrote:
Two personal examples of this happening.
!) I collapsed in a busy street in 2007, no-one came to my aid nor did they call the emergency services. I assume they thought I was an old drunk. I called my wife, she called the emergency services who arrived at the scene very shortly after her.
2) In the mid 90's in one of my nightclubs a man collapsed just after he had arrived and before he had reached the bar to purchase a drink. There was a short delay in calling the emergency services due to having to determine whether he was sinply drunk or genuinely ill. He was ill, the paramedics arrived and began their CPR, unfortunately the man died and may have been dead prior to the arrival of the Paramedics. I can assure you that when such an awful event occurs the very last thought is to clear the premises, the concentration is soley on ensuring the person concerned receives medical assistance. We simpy cleared a space around the man and stopped all activity (service, music etc). I think had I been present in Waitrose's I would certainly have stopped shopping and probably made sure there was nothing I could do to assist the situation.

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