Hard To Believe... Or Not?

With our latest "Circuit Breaker" lockdown now in force, local residents are encouraged to wear face coverings when out and about and in public places.

Our local GP surgery has posted on social media that face masks must be worn when attending the surgery.  They had put out a box of 250 masks at the main entrance on the first day so that patients could put them on before entering the reception area.  Unfortunately, it seems that many people appear to have taken rather more than one at a time and these have all quickly disappeared. They have not had 250 patients in one day!

The masks have had to be removed from the main entrance now and patients have to bring their own, or request one from the reception desk when they book in.

It is very disappointing to realise just how selfish some people have been already. It is only planned to be a 21 day lockdown for goodness sake.



39 comments:

  1. It's a good idea to give free masks away. I never thought the day would come when I could walk into a bank or post office wearing a mask and no one would ask me to remove it.

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    1. I don't think they intended to give away quite so many!

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  2. We normally pay 3 Euros for a mask. No wonder all the free ones disappeared so fast.

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  3. Why can't people make their own masks and leave those clinical masks for staff who work at the surgery? When we visited The Isle of Man we noticed that there were a lot of good-looking people around (Like you and Lord Peregrine). However, there were also a significant number of ugly people so perhaps they have snatched the masks to hide their ugly faces.

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    1. Well, they may all have had extremely beautiful faces, but anyone who steals is ugly.

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    2. That is "response of the year" so far.

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  4. Unfortunately, times such as this sometimes bring out the worst in some people. Stealing is stealing any way you look at it.

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    1. We are all supposed to be in this together but some people are still just out for themselves.

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  5. Some people do not think of others and will take whatever than can for themselves - we have a president like that! Gone soon hopefully before he can do more damage. Yikes!
    I have my own masks that I can reuse.
    Stay safe!

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    1. Just plain greedy.
      I am going nowhere for the next few weeks.
      You stay safe too x

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    1. You would have thought so Graham but it seems to be the way of the world now.

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  7. I bet they were all disposable masks too - and some end up dropped where last used....that would make them really ugly people

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  8. They didn't think that through very well. Same thing would happen here.
    They were free, grab em

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  9. I suppose the temptation that is is free and readily available will tempt some people. This pandemic, in my experience, is certainly bringing out the worst in people, I am sorry to say.

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    1. It is a shame isn't it? It certainly highlights the differences in those who are "good" and those who will always be "bad".

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  10. Did you really mean to write 21 days lockdown? Boris mentioned something about February half term review which is probably six weeks away but it is more likely to be at least March before lockdown is lifted.

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    1. Hi Sarah. Yes, here in the Isle of Man (we are not part of the UK) we have a 21 day lockdown in force. However, that may have to be extended if our number of cases do not return to the pre-Christmas levels.

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  11. I guess, to look on the bright side, it's better than people not wearing masks when they should. I think a lot of people's behaviour is prompted by fear.

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  12. Obviously the ‘free to take’ was an opportunity not to be missed. Do you have many ‘poor’ people in that area?

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    1. The masks were only intended for patients and were just inside the building so were not on display to the general public out in the streets. I imagine it must have been those arriving for appointments that decided to help themselves.
      Sometimes a person's economic circumstance does not always have an affect on their honesty. I have seen a few well off people behave very badly undeed!

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    2. That should have read...have an effect...darned autocorrect.

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  13. We haven't had that problem here. Everybody seems to have their own supply and wear them diligently. Hardly ever see someone without a mask these days. However, our numbers are much worse than yours.

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    1. I think people here had become complacement due to the absence of cases so not many have a ready stock of masks at home.

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  14. That's life. People will take two or three convincing themselves it's ok to do so. It doesn't surprise me. "Where did you get those masks?" " Oh, they had a box where you could help yourself, so I took a few, darling".

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    1. That sounds about right Rachel.

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    2. I don't think it is so evil or bad as some of your readers say. Cast the first stone and all that. We aren't all saints all of the time although reading social media one would think we are. Sometimes halos slip.

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  15. I hate reading this type of story, people can be so utterly selfish. I pay about €1 for a pack of 10 masks, which is within the reach of even the poorest.

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    1. They are more expensive here. Probably more than five times that amount.

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    2. A pack of 10 everyday masks in blue like the majority of people use cost me about £12 in the chemist.

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    3. I wonder why there is such a huge difference?

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  16. I think that is the thing that bothers me most about the pandemic. The selfishness of some Americans. The hoarding, the grabbing, the people who scream about their freedom, the people who won't mask. Our selfishness is killing us.

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  17. We can buy a box of 50 masks for $10.00, which is less than 6 pounds. If you don't have one any business you are entering will give you one. Sadly though, if a box of masks was left unattended they would probably disappear very quickly!!

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  18. What I hate about the mask wearing is the number of people who discard them in the streets...
    xx

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