This message is intended for members of the emergency services who happen to be approached by ‘professional bystanders’ who want to film them because they are DARING to eat some food whilst on duty. Most of us have seen the images and videos which have been recorded by professional bystanders which show our life-saving heroes answering their body’s call to nature by eating whilst on duty.
Earlier this year, we shared an article regarding an incident whereby a professional bystander approached three Met Police cops who DARED to eat various items which did not constitute part of their ‘five-a-day’. The person filming the encounter made himself look like a complete twonk. Not that he cared.
We won’t name who the professional bystander was, because he really wants you to follow him on YouTube and he wants you to watch more of his boring videos because he gets paid for the adverts which are shown in his weird videos. All you need to know, is that he is the sort of individual who, when confronted with the sight of someone who is in mortal danger, would run the other way.
But, off the back of the article, we wanted to share a message with the amazing men and women who dedicate their lives to serving their community; The heroes who serve in the emergency services. And the message is a relatively simple one; If you are in uniform and a professional bystander approaches you armed with their mobile phone/camera that is being pointed directly at you as they film, then just ignore them.
The moment you interact with a professional bystander who is filming you, then you have given them exactly what they need; footage of you reacting to them. If these professional bystanders try and upload footage to social media of you ignoring them, then the footage won’t be as popular, and it won’t get as many views.
And that is what motivates these professional bystanders to film you; views. The more views they get, then the more adverts they can cram into their videos which show you ‘biting’ on trap which they are laying for you. So when these ‘individuals’ approach you with their cameras in the ‘prone’ position, in the hope that you will engage with them, don’t say anything!
Just ignore them. Tell them that you will only speak to them once they stop filming you. And then just tell them to foxtrot oscar. This hardcore element of professional bystanders need to be given the attention they deserve; None. It is a bit like the attention seeking colleague who works on your team or in your office; if you give them no attention, then they lose.
So next time you are enjoying a coffee and a bit of cheeky cake and you get approached by a professional bystander who is demanding to know why you are keeping your body alive by feeding it, then ignore them until they put their camera away. And then just laugh at them as they walk off. Their pride will be dented enough so they think twice about making a twonk of themselves again.