YCMTSU New Orleans Clerk Boots Ambulance at Emergency Scene

A New Orleans store clerk who placed a parking boot on an idling ambulance while its personnel were treating a patient in the store, is facing criminal charges. He is also looking for a new job.

Ahmed Sidi Aleywa worked for Quickies Convenience Store on November 30, 2012 when the incident occurred. According to news sources, the boot resulted in a delay in the transport of the patient as a second EMS unit had to be called because the tire that was booted went flat.

Attempting to put the best face possible on an entirely indefensible situation, one of Aleywa’s coworkers, Ali Calone, claimed that Aleywa does not speak English and did not understand that the vehicle was an ambulance.

Left unanswered is why Quickies would allow a non-English speaking person who apparently does not understand what an ambulance is, let alone the significance of emergency lights, to be employed to place parking boots on vehicles.

Aleywa has been charged with simple criminal damage to property.

UPDATE: Federal immigration officials have arrested Aleywa because he overstayed his visitor visa and was working illegally. More on the story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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