RCN backs woman who slammed crying carer for wearing scrubs in a shop

ICU nurse slammed for yelling at crying carer for wearing her uniform in a B&M store is BACKED by Royal College of Nursing who say shopping in work clothes ‘should be avoided’

  • Kimberley Simpson claimed a B&M shopper accused her of ‘spreading germs’ 
  • Care worker said woman followed her through the store because of her uniform
  • Marina Kendrick, 53, told friends that she had been enforcing the ‘nursing code’
  • Royal College of Nursing said workers should avoid wearing scrubs in public  
  • A close friend said: ‘She fully stands by what she did and she would do it again’ 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

The senior ICU nurse who was sent death threats after yelling at a crying carer for wearing her uniform in a B&M store has been backed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). 

The RCN said Marina Kendrick’s original point was valid as guidance for all nurses adding that wearing a uniform for non-work activities ‘should be avoided’. 

Mrs Kendrick, 53, reprimanded Kimberley Simpson in a B&M Bargain store in Burton on Trent for wearing her scrubs in public, which Mrs Kendrick said risked spreading the virus.

After videoing part of the encounter and sharing it on Facebook, thousands of people reacted in support of Miss Simpson and Mrs Kendrick was forced to take down her social media accounts after being inundated with hateful comments. She reported a number of threats to the police.

But now Mrs Kendrick has received an outpouring of support from the public, in addition to the clarifying comments from the RCN. Miss Simpson also appears to have taken down her original Facebook post, which was viewed over one million times. 

Marina Kendrick, 53, told friends that she had been enforcing the ‘nursing code’ and could not believe the backlash against her

Kimberley Simpson, from Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire, claimed the customer followed her through the store for ten minutes ‘shouting’ that she shouldn’t be allowed inside 

A spokesman said: ‘The particular clause states that shopping or non-work activities should be avoided whilst in uniform/workwear in the community. If this is unavoidable due to shopping restrictions in the pandemic, cover the uniform as much as possible with a coat.’

They recognised this would be more difficult for community carers such as Miss Simpson, adding: ‘If you work in a community role, it may be impractical to take off your uniform especially if you are shopping for a client, so some may cover up with a coat.’

CAN NHS STAFF WEAR THEIR SCRUBS OUTSIDE OF HOSPITAL? 

‘The short answer is that no NHS hospital staff should not be wearing their uniform outside of the hospital apart from the travel to work and then it should be covered,’ Nicki Credland, a senior lecturer at University of Hull and chair of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses told MailOnline.

‘However, there are a lot of community staff who wear a uniform as part of their normal job (district nurses for example) and this is perfectly acceptable.’

District nurses work in the community visiting people in their own homes and residential care homes. 

Most NHS workers in hospitals are told not to wear uniform outside the hospital unless permitted for exceptional reasons, various trust guidelines state. This is mostly because the public can have a perception that wearing uniform outside of a healthcare setting is unhygienic. 

Uniforms for hospital can be contaminated with blood or body fluids from patients in hospital. In terms of Covid-19, infected droplets from patients coughs or breathe can find their way onto scrubs and can stick to the material for a long time, if not washed. 

The risk of a hospital working transmitting bacteria or a virus from their uniform is low, but not impossible. 

Whether scrubs are contaminated with hazardous fluids is very dependent on the role of the member of staff, and will guide when they should remove them.   

Dark blue scrubs must only ever be worn in an operating theatre, whereas light blue scrubs can be worn around the hospital but never to and from work. Green scrubs can be worn in public but must be covered up by a coat, official guidelines say.  

Amid the pandemic, NHS workers have been told to not wear their uniform in public because the public may accuse them of being ‘virus spreaders’, The Telegraph reported.

Friends of Mrs Kendrick said that part of the encounter that was not filmed included Miss Simpson claiming she was doing essential shopping for a client.

But a friend of the 53-year-old nurse added: ‘Her trolley contained a BBQ grill set so it was unlikely to be for a client and Mrs Kendrick made that point.’

Mrs Kendrick was also defended by one of her former students, who called in to a discussion on the Jeremy Vine Show.

The woman, a nurse called Ellen, said: ‘The video did not display the whole of the conversation. Those who are making comments have not been given the full story.

‘Knowing the lady personally, I know that she wouldn’t be spitefully saying these things, it would be because she is a very passionate individual about what she does.

‘The first thing that was installed in us as students was that wherever you are going, if you are in your PPE and you are going out of a clinical setting, you must be covered up, whether that’s a jacket, cardigan or any other form of clothing you can put over the top.

‘As an ex community staff nurse that is what I did because you do not know where an individual carer has been.’

Covering a uniform is also thought to protect the carer so they do not become pressured into acting outside of their ability in an emergency.

After the video was viewed over a million times on Monday and Tuesday, Mrs Kendrick received 32 separate threats on Messenger which she reported to the police.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: ‘Officers received a report of malicious communications from a woman at around 11.20am yesterday (26 May).

‘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.’   

Mrs Kendrick told friends that she had been enforcing the ‘nursing code’ and could not believe the backlash against her as she has had to report to the police dozens of threats, including death and rape after the incident.

A close friend said: ‘She fully stands by what she did and she would do it again. People can call her whatever they like but she regards it as being part of her nursing code – to protect her patients and uphold her profession. That is what she signed up to do.’

Mrs Kendrick, who was head of nursing at a vocational training company before retraining as an intensive care nurse, was queuing for the till when she spoke to carer Kimberley Simpson to express her view that she should not be wearing her uniform in public.


Mrs Kendrick, who was head of nursing at a vocational training company before retraining as an intensive care nurse, was queueing for the till when she spoke to carer Kimberley Simpson to express her view that she should not be wearing her uniform in public

Miss Simpson captured part of their altercation on video and shared a post about it.

Another friend of the 53-year-old nurse, who until February was senior lecturer in adult nursing at the University of Wolverhampton and is married with two grown-up children.

They added: ‘I have spoken to Marina and I know she is traumatised by what happened.

‘She has had to delete all her social media due to the volume of hatred being directed against her.

‘She was sent 32 separate threats on Messenger which included death and rape before she took down her Facebook page.

‘There have even been people calling for her to be refused NHS treatment. The ignorance is stupefying.’

The flashpoint came yesterday afternoon as both women queued with items at B&M Bargains.


In a clip of the altercation (pictured), Mrs Kendrick tells Ms Simpson she is ‘spreading germs’ by entering the store in her work clothes – before threatening to report the carer to her manager

In footage from the incident, which has been viewed more than two million times, Ms Simpson (pictured) is seen speaking with the woman who stands behind her trolley

Sharing footage of the incident on Facebook, Ms Simpson said she was ‘disgusted’ by the shopper’s behaviour

Noticing her uniform and her lanyard, Mrs Kendrick asked Miss Simpson if she worked in a hospital before pointing out that she should not be shopping in her work uniform.

Her friend said: ‘She made the point because she is an educator and a nurse and even before Covid the guidance for all uniform wearing nursing staff was to cover up their uniform in public.

‘There are two reasons for this – infection control and to protect the nurse themselves for if somebody had a heart attack in a shop, others would see the uniform and might expect them to do things which were beyond their level of competence.

‘She fully stands by what she did and she would do it again. 

‘People can call her whatever they like but she regards it as being part of her nursing code – to protect her patients and uphold her profession. That is what she signed up to do.’

In her post, Miss Simpson said: ‘All I’ve done is cry this afternoon, whether I should delete this post or not.’

The friend of Mrs Kendrick added: ‘All people see is a pretty girl who is crying crocodile tears after the event.

‘She ought to take down her post. I believe she has been asked to but has so far refused. 

‘Marina did not follow her around the shop, just tried to have a quiet word and what has followed has been shameful.

According to an NHS England document published on April 2, there is ‘no evidence that wearing uniforms outside work adds to infection risks’

‘Marina is so dedicated to nursing that she put her own family at risk by going back into clinical practice after 15 years of teaching nursing so she could join the fight on the frontline.

‘She is one of the heroes we all clap every Thursday and now the mob have reduced her to living in fear.

Mrs Kendrick lives with her husband in a smart detached house near Burton-upon-Trent.

She had been senior lecturer in adult nursing at the University of Wolverhampton until February of this year when she was recruited to be head of nursing at Impact Futures, a national private sector training provider.

That role had barely started when the Covid pandemic struck and Mrs Kendrick immediately volunteered herself for the frontline, undergoing a re-training programme to prepare her for re-entering clinical wards after 15 years of teaching.

Since then she has been working in ICU at the Burton Hospital NHS Trust.

Impact Futures proudly shared a post of their ‘Head of Nursing’ in full PPE gear in ICU.

A spokeswoman for the University of Wolverhampton confirmed that Mrs Kendrick had been a senior lecturer in nursing until February.

Ms Simpson was inundated with thousands of messages of support after she posted the video online, with one woman congratulating her for ‘sticking up for yourself’

Sharing footage of the incident to Facebook, Ms Simpson said she was ‘disgusted’ by the shopper’s behaviour.

She added: ‘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 client’s 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 ten 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.’ 

According to an NHS England document published on April 2, there is ‘no evidence that wearing uniforms outside work adds to infection risks.’

It added, however, that ‘public attitudes indicate it is good practice for staff to change at work or cover their uniforms as they travel to and from work.’   

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Who Wants to be a Millionaire fans accuse player of wearing 'earpiece'

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant is hailed one of the ‘best ever’ by Jeremy Clarkson as she storms to £250K without using a lifeline before losing the £500K question – so, can you replicate her 13-question winning streak?

  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire contestant had viewers on the edges of their seat as she gambled on the £500,000 question despite still having a lifeline left
  • Eleanor Ayres, a copy editor from Cambridge, sailed throug first 15 questions 
  • She used just one lifeline when she reached the £250,000 question which she got right, but gambled on the £500,000 question, losing  £125,000
  • Found herself stuck on the £500,000 question, asking which year the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundson reached the South Pole
  • After asking audience chose the majority answer, dropping to £125k although she could have walked away with £250,000 by not answering the question
  • How far would you have got? Scroll down to take the test, answers at the bottom

Last night a Who Wants to be a Millionaire contestant had viewers on the edges of their seat as she gambled on the £500k question despite still having a lifeline left – losing £125k.

Eleanor Ayres, a copy editor and non-practising solicitor from Cambridge, sailed through the first 15 questions of the show, using just one lifeline when she reached the £250k question.

Having secured £125k before getting the correct answer on the £250k question with the help of the 50/50, she found herself stuck on the £500k question, asking which year the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundson reached the South Pole.

After asking the audience, she chose the answer that the majority went with, losing £125k and dropping to £125k, although she could have walked away with £250k by not answering the question – much to the viewers’s dismay.

So how far would you have got? Scroll down to take the test, the answers are at the bottom. 

Last night  Who Wants to be a Millionaire contestant  Eleanor Ayres had viewers on the edges of their seat as she gambled on the £500,000 question despite still having a lifeline left – losing £125,000

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Questions 

1. Fastest Fingers First question 

Starting with the earliest, put these iconic villains in the order they first appeared in a major film. 

A. Darth Vader B. Wicked Witch of the West C. Cruella De Vill D. Lord Voldemort  

2.  (£100) Which of these is a traditional accompaniment to fish and chips?

A. Pulpous broccoli  B. Quaggy cabbage C. Squishy spinach D. Mushy peas 

3. (£200) In rugby, what is scored when a player grounds the ball behind the opponent’s goal line? 

A. Cry B. Dry C. Fry D. Try 

4. (£300) In 2014, Susana Reid co-presented the first episode of which new show? 

A. Good Morning Britain B. Good Afternoon Britain C. Good Evening Britain D. Good Night Britain 

5.  (£500) Formed in 1964,  by what name is the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team known as?

A. Midnight Hawks B. Black Falcons C. Red Arrows D. Blue Angels 

6. (£1,000) What does the letter P stand for in the abbreviation SPF?

A. Pool B. Planet C. Protection D. Pocket 

7.  (£2,000) ‘Ol blue eyes’ and ‘Chairman of the Board’ were popular nicknames given to which American singer?

A. Elvis Presley B. Frank Sinatra C. Johnny Cash D. Andy Williams 

8. (£4,000) Between July and November 2014 more than 800,000 ceramic flowers were planted at which London landmark?

A. Tower of London B. Trafalgar Square C. Tower of London D. Buckingham Palace 

9. (£8,000) Where is the Dewey Decimal System most likely to be used? 

A. Library B. Cloakroom C. Greenhouse D. Wine Cellar 

10. (£16,000) ‘I don’t know how to love him’ is a song from which Andrew Lloyd Webber musical? 

A. Cats B. The Phantom of the Opera C. Starlight Express D. Jesus Christ Superstar 

11. (£32,000) In 2015 which artist created the Dystopian ‘bemusement park’ called ‘Dismaland’?

A. Banksy B. Tracey Emin C. David Hockney D. Sarah Lucas 

12.  (£64,000) Which of these is a type of arachnid?

A. Mite B. Mantis C. Earwig D. Termite 

13. (£125,000) In Green mythology, which goddess was kidnapped by Hades and made Queen of the underworld?

A. Demeter B. Persephone C. Hera D. Athena 

14. (£250,000) A lion is depicted on the national flag of which of these countries? 

A. Maldova B. Albania C. Zambia D. Sri Lanka 

15. (£500,000) The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundson reached the South Pole on the 14th December which year?

A. 1891 B. 1901 C. 1911 D. 1921 

Eleanor beat six other contestants with the Fastest Fingers First question, taking just 3.21 seconds to put four iconic villains in order of their appearance in major films.

The contestant kicked off the repeat episode last night, with the support of her husband Robert and brother Tim in the audience, and  flew through the first six questions.

She stopped briefly at the £300 question and admitting she hadn’t watched GMB but chose that as the answer to the show Susanna Reid first presented in 2014, with presenter Jeremy Clarkson chiming in: ‘You haven’t watched it because of Piers Morgan I assume? I haven’t watched it either’. 

Landing on the £1,000 question, the last question where contestants can go home empty-handed, she gambled and said: ‘I’m pretty sure the ‘p’ in SPF factor stands for ‘protection’, that is my final answer, moving onto the next phase of the game.

Wrong answer! After asking the audience, she chose the answer that the majority went with, losing £125,000 and dropping to £125,000, although she could have walked away with £250,000 by not answering the question – much to the viewers’s dismay

Keeping a cool head, Eleanor opted not to take the £2,000 safety net, sailing onto the £32,000 question and admitting she was hoping to get ‘into the five figures’.

When offered to set the safety net at £32,000, Eleanor said: ‘I’m very  tempted to set the safety net there as that’s where it used to be, but I’ve still got all my lifelines, so let’s keep going’. 

 The level-headed contestant showed her first sign of wavering at £32k question, admitting she wasn’t sure the artist behind famous 2014 installation ‘Dismaland’ was Banksy, and despite having £15,000 to lose, caused a stir when she decided to go with the guess – still without using a lifeline.

When asked what she would spend the money on if she went all the way, she replied: ‘Well we moved house last year and still haven’t got any furniture so that would be a good start. Then we haven’t been away since I had my eldest child in 2014, so we’d go on a family holiday somewhere like Disney World’.

Having secured £125,00 before getting the correct answer on the £250,000 question with the help of the 50/50, she found herself stuck on the £500,000 question, asking which year the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundson reached the South Pole

After a nail-biting break, Jeremy revealed she had chosen the wrong answer, sighing: ‘This question is for £500,000 – you chose 1911 and that is the wrong answer!’

Despite admitting that she had planned to set her safety net at £64,000, as she hadn’t used her life lines, she decided not to. 

 Eleanor used her first lifeline on the twelfth question, worth £64,000, when asked whether a mite, mantis, earwig or termite was a type of arachnid – with the 50/50 leaving her with mite and earwig.

Showing no hesitation, she chose mite, with an impressed Jeremy exclaiming: ‘Well that’s just brilliant, they love you!’, and clapping.

Moving on, Eleanor joked: ‘I think it’s time to set the safety net at £125,000’. 

And the Greek mythology enthusiast had no trouble with the question, revealing straight away that the goddess was kidnapped by Hades and made Queen of the underworld, was Persephone. 

‘Whatever happens, you go home with a six-figure sum!’, Clarkson exclaimed, as a smiling Eleanor calmly replied: ‘That’s very nice’. 

The next question, worth £250,000, asked which national flag depicts a picture of a lion, listing Maldova, Albania, Zambia, Sri Lanka.

Speechless, Eleanor and the audience could be heard gasping, as Jeremy said: ‘Let’s not dwell on it – you’re still going home with £125,000. You must surely be one of the best contestants we had!’.

A tense scene saw Eleanor going through the flags, and admitting that Sri Lanka was the first option that came to mind, as Jeremy joked: ‘You can’t learn the internet for this show’.

‘How tense is this’, Jeremy asked, as Eleanor said: ‘I’m just thinking whether to go without using a lifeline’, as Jeremy said: ‘It’s daft to go home and not to use a lifeline’, and she replied: ‘Well I wont lose anything!’. 

She then decided: ‘I’m going to ask you, you’ve travelled a lot’.

Jeremy admitted: ‘I have no knowledge of this question – there were tigers and elephants in Sri Lanka but I’m not certain there were lions. I can’t help and I’m ashamed of myself. You still have ask the audience and phone a friend’.

Upping the ante just 25 minutes in, Eleanor said: ‘I’m going to play it’, opting not to go with her two other lifelines. 

‘Bloody hell!’, Jeremy exclaimed, you now have £250,000 and two lifelines left. 

But Eleanor started to stumble on the £500,000 question, which asked which year the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundson reached the South Pole.

‘I don’t know that this is something my phone a friends would know, I think I’ll ask the audience’, she said, admitting she had some knowledge of the explorer, ‘I think it’s A or B, but it could also be C’.

Half of the audience went for 1901 (B), with Eleanor admitting: ‘That’s what I thought but I don’t know if I talked them into it’.

And Twitter users expressed their frustration that she hadn’t used her last ‘phone a friend’ lifeline, with one writing: ‘This woman on Who wants to be a millionaire has p****d me off. Had a lifeline left. Said she didn’t know the answer and guessed. Lost £125k’.

Elsewhere others expressed their sympathy, with one writing: ‘Not going to lie I am crying that woman’s just lost £250,000!’ (sic).

Jeremy Clarkson reminded her: ‘You don’t have to play, or you can use your last lifeline?’, before adding: ‘The worst thing is I actually know this one’. 

She responded: ‘Well I’ve still got £125,000 whatever happens, and if I get it right I still have the last lifeline’.

After a nail-biting break, Jeremy revealed she had chosen the wrong answer, sighing: ‘This question is for £500,000 – you chose 1911 and that is the wrong answer! I’m so sorry, the answer was 1911.’

Speechless, Eleanor and the audience could be heard gasping, as Jeremy said: ‘Let’s not dwell on it – you’re still going home with £125,000. You must surely be one of the best contestants we had!’.

And Twitter users expressed their frustration that she hadn’t used her last ‘phone a friend’ lifeline, with one writing: ‘This woman on Who wants to be a millionaire has p****d me off. Had a lifeline left. Said she didn’t know the answer and guessed. Lost £125k’.

Another added: ‘Stressing me out this! Why would you throw away £125,000 on a question you don’t have a clue about’.

One tweeted: ‘The woman on Who Wants to be a Millionaire! I can’t believe she has just done that!’  

Elsewhere others expressed their sympathy, with one writing: ‘Not going to lie I am crying that woman’s just lost £250,000!’ (sic). 

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Answers 

1. B, C, A, D 

B. Wicked Witch of the West C. Cruella De Vill A. Darth Vader D. Lord Voldemort 

2.  D

Mushy peas 

 3. D

Try 

4. A 

Good Morning Britain

5. C 

Red Arrows

6. C

Protection

7. B 

Frank Sinatra

8.  C

Tower of London 

9. A

Library

10. D

Jesus Christ Superstar 

11.  A

Banksy

12.  A

Mite

13. B

Persephone 

14. D

Sri Lanka 

15.  C

1911   

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Shopper who accused carer of ‘spreading germs’ in B&M is nurse who would ‘do it again’ – The Sun

A SHOPPER who reduced a care worker to tears after accusing her of "spreading germs" by wearing her uniform in a B&M store is a nurse who would "do it again". 

The nurse, who has since been subject to online abuse, told friends she had been enforcing "the nursing code".

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Care worker Kimberley Simpson claimed the nurse – who we have not named – followed her through the store "shouting" that she wasn't allowed to buy non-essential items.

And the young carer said she had been left "disgusted" by the woman's behaviour – who threatened to report her to her manager.

Friends of the 53-year-old nurse who challenged Kimberley told MailOnline: "She fully stands by what she did and she would do it again.

"People can call her whatever they like but she regards it as being part of her nursing code – to protect her patients and uphold her profession.

"That is what she signed up to do."

Another pal said the nurse, who until February was a senior lecturer in adult nursing at a university, said she has been a target for death threats online.

They said: "I know she is traumatised by what happened.

"She has had to delete all her social media due to the volume of hatred being directed against her.

She fully stands by what she did and she would do it again.

"‘There have even been people calling for her to be refused NHS treatment. The ignorance is stupefying."

In the video filmed by Kimberley, the nurse can be seen confronting her and telling her that she was spreading germs.

Kimberley could be heard from behind the camera saying: "You're having a go at me for buying stuff.

"You just said that I am buying stuff that is non essential.

"You're absolutely ridiculous, you should not have come up to me aggressively like that saying I'm spreading germs when I'm not spreading germs."

The other woman then interjects saying: "I'm not having a go.

"You're still spreading germs."

She then claims she is not referring to the coronavirus pandemic, but germs in general.

It was claimed the woman had followed Kimberley around the shop for ten minutes.

Kimberley later shared a photograph of her face stained with tears – saying "I'm not doing anything wrong."

She wrote on Facebook: "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."

People can call her whatever they like but she regards it as being part of her nursing code – to protect her patients and uphold her profession. That is what she signed up to do.

And she said she had spoken to her manager after the woman threatened to bring it up with the care home she worked for, believed to be Nexus.

Kimberley added: "I've just spoken to (my manager) and they said I’m not doing anything wrong.

"We have worked so hard, no clients have covid so we are clearly doing something right."

Kimberley, believed to be from Burton upon Trent, was inundated with support after sharing the video online.

She said: "Feel overwhelmed by all the kind messages, all I've done is cry this afternoon."

The confrontation comes as care workers have been targeted during the pandemic.

In one horrific case, a care worker said a Lidl shopper had spat on her and called her a "virus spreader" while she was at the shops.

The deadly bug has killed at least 131 social care workers in the UK. 

Nexus and B&M have been contacted for comment.

 



 

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Black man who died after cop put knee on his neck ID’d as George Floyd

The black man who died after being pinned down by Minneapolis police has been identified as George Floyd, according to a report.

“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Floyd’s family, said in a statement Tuesday, according to Fox-News.

“This abusive, excessive, and inhumane use of force coast the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge,” Crump said. “We will seek justice for the family of George Floyd as we demand answers from the Minneapolis Police Department.”

Shocking cellphone video of Floyd’s death shows Floyd pinned on the ground with a cop’s knee on his neck.

“I cannot breathe, I cannot breathe,” he’s heard saying. “Don’t kill me!”

Bystanders can be heard telling police to let him get up.

The FBI and Minnesota state authorities are now investigating the incident.

“The lack of humanity in this disturbing video is sickening,” Gov. Tim Walz said on Twitter Tuesday. “We will get answers and seek justice.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called the video “traumatic.”

“For the better part of the night I’ve been trying to find the words to describe what happened and all I keep coming back to is that he should not have died,” Frey told Fox.

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morbidly obese bus driver who was furloughed due to being 'high risk'

Obese bus driver who was furloughed because his 24st weight put him in the ‘high risk’ category reveals he’s shed 6st in seven weeks after ditching his 8,000 calorie-a-day junk food habit

  • Carl Harding, 55, from Norfolk, furloughed on March 23rd due to obese frame
  • At 24st 9lbs, Carl was classified as high risk due to COVID-19 as he also battled with high blood pressure and the inability to walk without being out of breath
  • Carl decided to join The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, swapping junk food and takeaways for low calorie options, and has since dropped 5st 10lbs
  • After ditching his 8000 calorie daily diet, Carl now looks unrecognisable at 18st 13lbs and has rejoin the team
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A morbidly obese bus driver who was furloughed due to being ‘high risk’ has dropped almost 6st during lockdown – and is now back to work.

Carl Harding, 55, from Caster-on-Sea, Norfolk, was devastated when his employer decided to furlough him on March 23rd due to his obese frame.

At 24st 9lbs, Carl was classified as high risk due to COVID-19 as he also battled with high blood pressure and the inability to walk a few yards without being out of breath.

But rather than wallowing in self-pity, Carl decided to join The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, swapping junk food and takeaways for low calorie options, and has since dropped 5st 10lbs.

After ditching his 8,000 calorie daily diet, Carl now looks unrecognisable at 18st 13lbs, and says he was over the moon when he told his employer, First Bus, and they agreed to let him rejoin the team.


Carl Harding, 55, from Caster-on-Sea, Norfolk, was devastated when his employer decided to furlough him on March 23rd due to his obese frame. At 24st 9lbs, Carl was classified as high risk due to COVID-19 as he also battled with high blood pressure and the inability to walk a few yards without being out of breath (seen left before and right afterwards)

Carl who was back to work on May 11, said: ‘It was a massive shock and a real sense of shame when I was furloughed due to my weight.

‘My colleagues were still able to work but I couldn’t because I was fat. I felt ashamed, embarrassed and that I was letting the team down.

‘I had let my diet spiral out of control and would eat packets upon packets of biscuits at night without thinking, there’s no denying that I was eating well over 8000 calories per day.

‘But when I was furloughed I realised it was now or never, I needed to get back to the job I loved to help my colleagues on the front line.

Carl decided to join The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, swapping junk food and takeaways for low calorie options, and has since dropped 5st 10lbs (seen before)

After ditching his 8000 calorie daily diet, Carl now looks unrecognisable at 18st 13lbs and says he was over the moon when he told his employer, First Bus, and they agreed to let him rejoin the team (seen now)

‘I contacted my consultant Georgina Jeffery at The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan and I began losing weight dramatically.

‘My wife, Julie, 48, began changing her unhealthy habits too after being inspired by my weightloss and we began going out for daily walks to get some exercise.

‘I can’t believe I managed to lose nearly 6st during lockdown.

‘I was determined to get back to work and when I was told I could rejoin the team I felt so proud.

Carl says he had been gaining weight rapidly over the past three and a half years since joining First Bus (seen before)

Carl says that some regular passengers haven’t recognised him since his dramatic weightloss 

‘I’m no longer in the ‘at risk’ category as my weight is under 20st and my BMI is no longer in the 50’s.

‘As per government advise anyone with a BMI exceeding 40 is considered to be ‘vulnerable’.

‘I now weight 18st 13lbs from 24st 9lbs and my BMI is in the 30’s.

How does the Cambridge diet work? 

The diet focuses on low calorie foods, with your body turning to fat stores to burn when it starts receiving a lower calorie intake. 

‘My work uniform used to be an XXXXL but now it no longer fits and I need new work shirts.

‘My blood pressure is back down and I can walk for miles without getting tired.

‘Corona virus has saved my life.

‘I’ve struggled to stick to diets in the past, but having my own personal consultant has kept me on track.’

Carl says that some regular passengers haven’t recognised him since his dramatic weightloss.

He added: ‘It has taken some people a little while to realise it’s me now I’ve shed the weight.

‘I still want to lose another few stone but being furloughed gave me the kick start I desperately needed.

‘I feel healthier than I have in years and have a new lease of life..’

Carl said the ‘great staff canteen’ and lack of extra size meant that he slowly piled on the pounds

Carl now, back at work, says he has a ‘new lease of life’ and feels better than ever after ditching the extra weight

Carl says he had been gaining weight rapidly over the past three and a half years since joining First Bus.

He said: ‘As I was sat down all day I wasn’t getting any exercise and the company has a great staff canteen.

‘I would eat a full roast dinner with all the trimming or egg with chips along with chocolate and crisps.

‘It’s crazy to think how out of control my habits had become.’

Carl is now back driving buses and says he couldn’t be happier with his weightloss.

He added: ‘My wife Julie has also lost 3st which is amazing.

‘I finally feel like I’m back in control of my diet and I’m so happy that I managed to turn a negative situation into a positive one.

‘Me and Julie would spend £80 on takeaways some weeks so we’ve even managed to save some money too.’

Before diet 

Breakfast: 2/3 slices of white toast with beans and x3 fried eggs, sausages, bacon washed down with some full fat coke.

Lunch: Burger and chips / full roast dinner with trimming. Cream cakes from the bakers on my break

Dinner: Bacon sandwich or takeaway [Chinese / Indian]

Snacks: Chocolate bar, crisps, x3 packs of biscuits, bowl of sugary cereal, coffee shop lattes, donuts

 

After diet 

Breakfast: Cambridge Weight Plan breakfast smoothie or porridge

Lunch: Cambridge Weight Plan bar or leek and potato soup

Dinner: Cambridge Weight Plan meal – spaghetti Bolognese / cottage pie

Snacks: homemade jelly

 

 

 

 

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Husband of ‘mom who drowned autistic boy, 9, then lied’ about him being ‘abducted’ says they both ‘love their son’ – The Sun

THE HUSBAND of a killer mom who drowned her autistic nine-year-old and lied about him being "abducted", said they both "love their son."

On Saturday morning, Aldo Ripley told 7News: "The only thing I’ll say is that we love our life, we love Alejandro, and we don’t agree with whatever they say about my wife. It’s not real."


Patricia Ripley, 47, from Florida initially told cops two unknown men had cut her off in traffic on Thursday night in Miami before kidnapping her son, Alejandro Ripley.

But witness statements and surveillance footage show video of a woman, believed to Ripley pushing little Alejandro into a canal at the Kendall Acres Condominium complex around 7:30 pm that night.

Local News 10 reported that neighbors there came to his rescue before he could drown the first time — but investigators said his ordeal didn't end there. 

After her son was rescued, Ripley allegedly found another canal at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club in Miami, which is where she led her young son into the water, cops say.

Alejandro's lifeless body was found floating there at 7:50 am on Friday.

He was still wearing his Captain America t-shirt.




Ripley reportedly confessed that she lured her son into the canal twice when the footage came to light and witnesses placed her at the scene, according to court documents cited by CNN.

"She stated he's going to be in a better place," the Miami-Dade County Police said in an arrest affidavit.

"[Her] statements … contradicted the statements of witnesses and the video footage obtained from the area.

"Upon being confronted with this information, the defendant recanted her initial story including that she had been robbed."

The Sun previously reported how Ripley claimed one of the robbers, whom she described as two black men, walked up to her and demanded drugs.



She claimed they grabbed severely autistic Alejandro and her cellphone and fled when she said she did not have any.

A massive search ensued but came to a halt 12 hours later when a witness called police about a child's body floating in a canal on the golf course, about four miles from where the alleged abduction occurred.

Defense Attorney Nelson Rodriguez Varela insisted that the allegations made in court documents don't prove Ripley's guilt, however. 

"At this point the contents of the arrest affidavit are merely allegations and not proof of Mrs. Ripley's guilt," Varela told CNN. "Any conclusion about the case is grossly premature."

Miami-Dade County Corrections records stated Ripley was arrested and booked in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Saturday.
Judge Oscar Rodriguez Fonts of Miami-Dade County’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit court ruled there was "probable cause" to keep her in jail, handing down a no bond order.

Ripley was charged with with first-degree murder and first-degree premeditated attempted murder.



 

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John Lennon’s chauffeur who drove his psychedelic Rolls-Royce Phantom dies aged 86 – The Sun

THE chauffeur who drove Beatle John Lennon around in his famous psychedelic Rolls-Royce has died aged 86.

Former Welsh Guards soldier Les Anthony had been suffering from Alzheimer’s, said his family.


He was paid £36 a week in the 1960s (worth about £600 now) to be on permanent call in John’s hippy Phantom V.

His job ended in 1971 when Lennon moved to New York with Yoko Ono.

Son Melvin, 63, said: “My father had some funny times. He told me that John Lennon used to answer the door naked.

“But my father didn’t care, at the end of the day you are employed by them.

“He said it was because they were hippies and were free living.”

Les, who was 6ft 4in, became a pal of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr but did not get on with Paul McCartney “because he thought he was tight with money”, said Melvin, of Chertsey, Surrey.

Les would drive John to London from the star’s Kenwood estate, in Weybridge, Surrey.

In 1965 John submitted an order for the “most exclusive” Rolls-Royce model.

But despite lavishing such attention — and money – on his Rolls Royce Phantom V, Lennon was known as a poor driver.

He passed his UK driving test in 1965 when he was 25, but had never driven a vehicle, preferring instead to employ one of two chauffeurs, Les and Bill Corbett.

Six-foot-four Les was also used as a bodyguard for the Beatles due to his army experience and tall build.


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Who was rapper Mota Jr and how did he die? – The Sun

RAPPER Mota Jr was found dead in mysterious circumstances after he was reported missing over two months ago.

The Portuguese musician, aged just 28, regularly updated fans by sharing snaps of his 'billionaire lifestyle' online.


Who was Mota Jr?

The rap artist was born in Portugal under the name David Mota.

Mota Jr was renowned for posting images of gold jewellery, luxury cars and wads of cash on social media.

The rapper found fame after featuring on the hit Ca Bu Fla Ma Nau with fellow hip-hop artist Piruka which has been viewed over 21 million times on YouTube.

How did he die?

The Portuguese musician went missing on March 15, when it is believed he was kidnapped outside of his family home in the municipality of Sintra.

The rapper's mother, Filomena Mota, said he had received a phone call in the middle of the night to go down to the door of the building.

It is believed he was then abducted by two armed men in hoods.

Speaking to TVI in April, Filomena said she received a call from a neighbour at 2am asking if her son was okay – and she then realised he was not in his room.

She also said she found her son's hat and slippers at the entrance to the building, as well as splashes of blood in the elevator, suspecting that Mota Jr had been abducted.

Filomena also revealed that on the night of the abduction she answered a call made to Mota Jr’s phone, from a girl who claimed she was going to enter the building with him when instead two men pointed a gun at the young man and sent her away.


Police believe Mota Jr was tortured by his kidnappers as they demanded information on the whereabouts of his hidden wealth and luxury items.

It is alleged he was then killed by his kidnappers – who came back the next day when the house was empty and used Mota Jr’s keys to get inside and rob the family home.

Despite bragging of a billionaire lifestyle on social media and in his music videos, it has since been revealed the rapper was not a billionaire at all.

More than two months after he was reported missing, the 28-year-old’s body was found in a wooded area some 50 kilometres from his home.

According to TVI24, Mota Jr’s body was found on Monday, however it took until Tuesday to identify the body due to a high state of decomposition.

The country's Judiciary Police have launched an investigation.

Authorities have treated the case as a possible abduction and murder since the investigation began.

The body has been taken to the Institute of Legal Medicine for an autopsy, the results of which have not been released.

 

Mota Jr reportedly claimed that Piruka owed him money from the song but Piruka denies this.

The investigation is ongoing.



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Pensioners who were full-time mums could be owed up to £10,000 after Government pension blunder – The Sun

FORMER stay-at-home mums with small state pensions are due payouts of up to £10,000 after a government blunder left them short-changed.

Tens of thousands of women did not get the hike they were due when their husbands turned 65, it has emerged.

Women whose weekly payout is less than £80 and who retired before pensions were revamped in 2016 could have missed out.

Campaigner and former pensions minister Sir Steve Webb says the error was, in some cases, down to a failing in the Government’s computers and he is now urging families to check.

Payments should have risen to 60 per cent of their husband’s basic state pension, which was the amount women with low National Insurance payments got under the old pension system.

That means they would get £80.45 a week, instead of the more typical figure of £67 a week for women with a small state pension.

OLD-FASHIONED

The old pension system was based on the idea that men were breadwinners and women would depend on them.

It was decided that married women could pay a reduced rate of NI contributions, known as the “married woman’s stamp”.

This meant they were not paying towards their own state pension, but when their husband retired they could get an uplift to 60 per cent of his pension so long as he had a full record of contributions.

Married women who had not paid the stamp but had missed out on making contributions due to staying at home with the kids also qualified for the boost to 60 per cent.

Steve explained: “The old system was all rooted in the 1940s world view of women being financially dependent on their husbands, and the two of them being part of one household with shared finances.

“It was a pretty old-fashioned way of doing things.”

The policy was deemed unfair and was changed in 2016 so women’s pensions were no longer linked to their husbands.

But Steve has discovered those who retired before then have not been getting the increase to 60 per cent — and are due payouts.

How much they will get in compensation depends on when they became eligible for the boost.

If it was between 2008 and 2016, they should get all their losses repaid because the Government should have upped their pensions automatically.

But those whose husbands retired before April 2008 had to apply for the extra cash themselves. Women in this position who missed out can only get a year of back-dated payments. Steve is now demanding the Government urgently investigates the issue and automatically increases pensions.

He also is calling for a review of the rule that women who were eligible before 2008 can only backdate a claim for 12 months.

He said: “It is truly shocking that thousands of women are being short-changed on their state pensions.

Jean £8k payout

JEAN HAYES, a 75-year-old great-gran from Hampshire, got a payout of £8,822 as well as £274 in interest after being short-changed since 2008.

The former retail worker had been getting £60.72 a week instead of £77.45, which was 60 per cent of husband Richard’s basic state pension of £129.20.

She said: “When I logged on to my bank account and saw they’d paid me back the money, at first I thought it was a scam. But then I was thrilled. I’ll use it to get a new bathroom.

“I’d advise other women to check they are getting the right payments, too.”

While the Department for Work and Pensions is willing to put things right on a case-by-case basis when individuals get in touch, there is clearly a systematic problem here.

“It is time for the DWP to take this issue seriously and launch a full investigation into how so many women have been missing out for so long.”

Steve, who uncovered the issue, has launched a new online tool at lcp.uk.com for women to work out if they have lost out.

Typically, women on pensions less than £80 per week are affected.

If you use the calculator and think you are eligible for a top-up in either scenario, contact the Government’s pension service.

Details of how to do so are on the calculator, or at gov.uk/contact-pension-service. A DWP spokesman said: “We are aware of a number of cases where individuals have been underpaid their state pension. We corrected our records and reimbursed those affected as soon as errors were identified.

“We are checking for further cases, and if any are found, awards will also be reviewed and any arrears paid.”

Getting it right

MARRIED couples should check their most recent annual state pension statement.

You might be getting underpaid if you are:

  •  A married woman over state pension age who hit that mark before 6 April, 2016, AND . . .
  •  Your husband is over state pension age AND . . .
  •  Your husband has a full basic state pension, currently £134.25 a week, in his own right AND . . .
  •  You are getting a weekly basic state pension of less than £80.45 per week.

Check the line on your statement listing just the basic state pension, not including any additional payments you or your husband might get on top.

If you think your state pension is less than you are owed, contact the Department for Work and Pensions.

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White model who identifies as black Martina Big now has boobs that weigh the same as a crate of beer – The Sun

A WHITE model who identifies as black has enlarged her breasts so much that together they weigh as much as a crate of beer.

Martina Big, from Germany, has been taking melanin injection for two years and had multiple plastic surgeries to achieve her look.



She has also had her breast implants modified so she can keep "filling them up" without the need for any more surgery, and plans to carry on doing so until they are twice the size of the current world record holder.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Martina said: "Each of my breasts weighs over 8 kilos (17.6 lbs).

"I regularly train my back and chest muscles. I also wear special, custom-made bras."

She also said her modified implants are designed to hold 20,000ml per breast, making them the "largest in the world".

"Since my operation a year ago, I have had eleven fill-ups," she said.

"My current size is 7800 ml per breast. That corresponds to a theoretical bra size of 70T.

"But that's not enough for me. I will continue to fill my breasts."

Striking pictures, one taken in 2014, the other in 2020, show Martina wearing the same dress and showcase her dramatic transformation so far.

The earlier photo shows her white and blonde with enlarged breasts, while the later one shows her with darker skin, black hair, and much larger breasts.

Posting them to social media, she wrote: "This dress is one of my favorite dresses.

"It is particularly stretchy and can be tied at the back. I've had it for many years.

"Over time it has stretched more and more and more. I wore it during a shoot in 2014.

"You can see how the dress looks now.

"I hope that the dress will stretch even more and more in the future."

Martina said she is aiming to surpass American model Maxi Mounds, whose breasts currently 9 kilos (20.0 lbs) each.

"I will continue to have my implants refilled step by step up to 100 percent," she said.

"As soon as I have completely filled my implants up to 20,000 ml per breast, I will have double the current world record."





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