'Shame on you' : nurse’s brutal blow after exhausting night shift
The post prompted other frontline healthcare staff to come forward.
By Emily Olle
March 25 2020
A nurse has been left frustrated after an exhausting night shift at an Adelaide Hospital.
Mother-of-two Jess Mullan, who is a paediatric nurse, finished her shift to discover a parking fine had been issued.
“With everything that is going on... finish a night shift to come to a parking ticket,” Mullan wrote.
“You have got to be f****** kidding me.”
The post prompted other healthcare staff to come forward, saying they too had received fines while working on the front line.
“I’m a nursing student on unpaid placement during all of this, and got a $100 parking fine the other day,” one wrote.
“Nurses and healthcare workers should have free parking for late and night shifts close to where they work,” another said.
“I’m a nurse too and have had a parking ticket as I hadn’t moved my car in time in a 2hr park.”
“Shame on you,” another commenter said.
But after the nurse’s financial blow was shared to social media, an act of kindness prevailed.
A stranger revealed they had paid the nurse’s parking fine.
Local photographer Sohaib Irshad paid the $69 expiation in full as a thank you to the healthcare worker.
On Tuesday, Coles announced it would be dedicating two shopping hours per week to healthcare and emergency services workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting on Thursday, the first hour of trade on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be for emergency services and healthcare workers.
The supermarket giant says doctors, nurses, paramedics, hospital and ambulance staff, police, firefighters and emergency service workers who hold an AHPRA card, have a workplace ID or are wearing their work uniform will be able to shop during those hours.
Coles CEO Steven Cain said the move will help those essential to protecting the community during the COVID-19 crisis access the groceries they need.
“In the past week we have seen Community Hour help vulnerable and elderly Australians access essential grocery items during this challenging time,” Cain said.
“We are now extending this opportunity to those Australians who are protecting our community and keeping us safe.
“We know these workers are incredibly busy and hope that providing them with a dedicated hour at the beginning of the day to shop will make their lives a little easier and support the vital work they are doing every day.”