Paramedic Received Standing Ovation And Charged Friendly Weekly Shop With Supermarket Customers After Completing 12 Hour Night Shift To Help Coronavirus Patients
David Tillyer, 35, says he was “touched” by the good deed from Lidl buyers in Cromer, Norfolk, which he visited Wednesday at 8:00 am
The paramedic, who lives in nearby Aylsham, stopped at the store in his uniform to pick up a few essential items, after having to eat only a potted noodle for dinner due to reduced store hours. open 24 hours a day.
Paramedic David Tillyer, 35, received a standing ovation after completing his 12-hour shift and went to his local Lidl store to purchase basic items
He said buyers allowed him to be in the front row and that a generous woman even paid her £ 25 with her bank card at the Lidl store in Cromer, Norfolk.
When he got to the store, nearly 20 people queuing outside let him go straight to the front and cheered him on, before a generous woman paid her store £ 25 with her bank card.
Tillyer said: “The Lidl is right across from the ambulance station and had just opened after my shift.
“Normally, I don’t wear my uniform, but I needed a few essentials because the 24-hour Tesco I normally go to is currently on reduced hours.
“I must have had a potted noodle for my lunch because I didn’t have anything in it, so I was just getting milk, eggs and groceries.
“As I walked to the queue, a young couple saw my uniform and let me go, then another person told me to go ahead of them and suddenly, one by one , they let me go to the front.
“Then another customer yelled, ‘applaud him’ and they all started to applaud.
“I think I took a bright red shade because it was very comforting.
“I am proud of my work and the organization I work with, but sometimes people put us down and that kind of act just reminded me that the general public appreciates what we do.
Touched, but slightly embarrassed, Mr. Tillyer walked inside the store and picked up his groceries.
When he reached the checkout queue, he found the young couple outside who left him again in front of them.
He had started chatting with a middle-aged woman also standing in line and as he was about to pay, she came over and swiped her debit card on the card reader, paying £ 25 for her store in using contactless.
He said, “I was putting my hand in my pocket to get my wallet when the lady stepped forward and tapped her card on the card reader.
“It didn’t happen the first time and I tried to stop it, but it started again and it worked.
Tillyer, pictured, said he was amazed by the reaction to his uniform when shopping
“Then she smiled and said,” Now you can’t stop. “I was shocked and embarrassed, but I had a big smile on my face as I got back to the car and smiled.
“I felt like I had to say something right away before I went to bed and I immediately shared what had happened on Facebook.
“I was shocked and a little moved.
“It touched me and resonated with me emotionally that what I do means a lot to people and that paramedics are respected and valued. “
Tillyer woke up the next day with more than 150 text messages and more than 100 Facebook friend requests after his message went viral overnight.
He has now accumulated almost 200,000 likes on Facebook and has been shared 70,000 times and has received messages of support from thousands of people.
He said, “I am a fairly private person, but it was nice to see that so many people share the same sentiment expressed by the people in the store.
“There has been some negativity, however – some people think it was irresponsible to go to a supermarket in uniform after work in terms of infections.
“But I know my uniform was clean and I have several changes of uniform in case I have to change.
“My job hasn’t been more difficult yet because of Covid-19, but there has been an adjustment.
“I think people understand the pressures we are under because of the virus.”