There is an unwritten rule in the emergency services that states that, if you make a cock-up at work, then you are duty-bound to ‘compensate’ your ‘oppos’ by buying them cakes.
The sort of cock-ups we are talking about here, often involve things such as inadvertently appearing on TV, or maybe driving home at the end of your shift with the keys to a work vehicle in your pocket.
So there has been quite a bit of debate on social media regarding what a suitable ‘cake fine’ should be for some armed police officers who accidentally left some ammo on the top of their vehicle.
The rounds were left on the roof of an Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) on Wednesday morning just before the ARV sped off to a call.
The A13 in east London was shut for several hours as officers tried to figure out who the ammo belonged to.
As the ammo had been found by a member of the public who called the police, the area had to be treated as a ‘crime scene’ until it became clear that the ammo belonged to the ARV crew.
The police also had to make sure that all of the ammo had been picked up, which meant that local officers had to spend many hours making a fingertip search of the area…
The Met Police confirmed that: “quantity of ammunition and ancillary items” had fallen from the car.
These things happen. Especially when you are sorting through you ‘things’ (in this case, ammo) and you get a call that you have to speed off to.
But the question is: what should the cake fine be????
Let us know in the comments below…
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