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Cancer Survivor Fined $2,260 for Providing Rides to Hospital Patients

Hospital describes her services as "invaluable."

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In London, Ontario,* city bylaw officers fined a cancer survivor $2,260 for providing discounted rides to hospital patients—a service hospital staff said was invaluable.

For more than three years, the cancer survivor—an unnamed woman—served outpatients at St. Joseph's Hospital, offering round-trip rides for those in need. Despite years of successful work and those in the hospital calling her a "critical volunteer," her charitable operation was shut down after being a target of a police sting operation.

"I'm devastated," she said, according to The Ottawa Citizen. "I had cancer and I just wanted to give back to the community."

After her own health struggles, she saw the hospital's need for drivers. Many patients were unable to arrange rides, and other alternatives were expensive. She charged the smallest fee manageable, $12 for round-trip rides, and refused tips. She drove her patients to and from appointments. She would offer her customers water and would walk them to their doors before departing. Having been a patient herself, she sought to be reassuring.

"I treat them well, the way I want to be treated," she said.

On February 15th, her client—a cop—did not return the hospitality:

An enforcement officer called her for a ride, saying he was a patient getting a colonoscopy; she even providing words of reassurance on the ride to the hospital. But after he paid her, another enforcement officer ran over and issued her two tickets for owning and operating a vehicle for hire without a licence.

Chris Vinden, a doctor who performs endoscopies and colonoscopies at St. Johns, was upset by the news.

"From my point of view, she is providing a service to the hospital ... It makes the hospital run more efficiently," he said. "(She) solved a lot of problems for us."

In addition to the $2,260 fine, the woman needs $450 to cover the cost of legal representation.

This post has been updated to clarify that the incident took place in London, Ontario.

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  • Longtobefree||

    Every cancer survivor in London should go to the station of those two officers, and piss on the door.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Just the price of civilization according to tony.

  • Griffin3||

    Stop punching my nuts!

  • Frank White||

    She should offer the rides for free, but charge for something else. Isn't that how most of these dumb laws get circumvented?

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    An enforcement officer called her for a ride, saying he was a patient getting a colonoscopy

    But in reality, she was the patient getting a colonoscopy.

  • Rhywun||

    How does that man sleep at night.

  • Microaggressor||

    I'm sure he went home safely, AND put a stop to this criminal activity. A job well done.

  • dantheserene||

    How appropriate that a flaming asshole claimed he was getting a colonoscopy.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    And I hope he gets one. In the end. Without lube.

    Go deep, doc.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Well, Oxford just painted itself into a wokeness corner. Women are dumber than men, so they need 15 more minutes on their exams.

  • Rhywun||

    "Maths are hard!"

    Upon closer reading, it looks like everyone gets 15 more minutes. But the reason is the same.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    What I don't understand is the percentage of men who got first class awards was double that of women. Then they said:

    while 39 per cent of female mathematicians achieved first class degrees compared to 47 per cent of men, women's scores had improved year on year.

  • Griffin3||

    Maths is hard! Even for mathamatishuns!

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Feminists are generally fine with being regarded as inferior if there's a benefit attached.

  • AKeyes||

    Related how?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Not America.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    Hi, boss. I'm female and can't complete my required math or computer science based assignments. I know we're an Agile shop, but can you increase the the length of the sprints so that all employees can complete on time? Also, please don't assign additional tasks to the males because it will look poor on those of us that completed fewer tasks.

    /woke

  • Shirley Knott||

    This is London Ontario, I presume? Not London UK?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    New London, CT.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    But after he paid her, another enforcement officer ran over and issued her two tickets for owning and operating a vehicle for hire without a licence.

    Why am I imagining Michael Palin in the back seat and John Cleese running over to issue the tickets?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    I guess Chapman would be the hardass cop running over to issue the tickets, but Cleese would have a funnier run up to the car.

  • Rhywun||

    Then Benny Hill shows up and they all chase each other around the hospital grounds for five minutes to Yakety Sax.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    She got caught up in the Canuckistani war on Uber.

  • Jerryskids||

    What I want to know is why they're saying she provided rides to the hospital instead of saying she provided rides to hospital? Do they not speak the Queen's English up there?

  • Hugh Akston||

    her charitable operation was shut down after being a target of a police sting operation

    I'll just say it again for the record: there is no legitimate function for undercover policing.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Sometimes it's the only way to catch the true scum of the earth.

    Also makes for good movies.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    What if I believe the people have a right to Robby's hair care regimen?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Or to find out once and for all which Reason employee is Fist of Etiquette?

  • Darth Soros||

    Just remember, kids, our rulers have nothing but our welfare at heart.

  • Sometimes a Great Notion||

    I am surprised this is a problem? Since most people die before getting an appointment.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    "From my point of view, she is providing a service to the hospital ... It makes the hospital run more efficiently," he said. "(She) solved a lot of problems for us."

    Sounds like there's a pool of fine folks willing to help cover her costs.

  • El Oso||

    Let it be said: Let no good deed go unpunished....

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  • Juice||

    $450 to cover the cost of legal representation

    Damn, that's cheap!

  • buybuydandavis||

    "We're from the government, and we're here to help!"

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Occupational licensing. Clearly you cannot drive other people on a car without 1000 hours of training and a £24000 medallion.

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