Helpful Demons

The government hates 'hoodies', the media lambasts hoodies, people in the street are scared of hoodies. Hoodies are urban demons that do nasty things to people and then post it up on YouTube.

We were on a nice simple job – a woman had taken her child to the GP, the GP had called us because he thought that the child needed to go to hospital.

As we pulled up outside the surgery, a group of hoodies wandered up.

“What's happening?”, they asked.

“Plane crash. Didn't you hear it?”, my standard answer – anyone would think that children didn't learn about patient confidentiality in schools these days.

We entered the surgery and was directed to the patient, the GP was still with the two year old and mother. It's nice to see a GP who continues to care for the patient while waiting for the ambulance.

The child had some breathing difficulties during the day and the GP had already started treatment with some Salbutamol nebulisers. The mother didn't speak any English, so the GP (who was from the same ethnic group) explained what would be happening and we made a move to the ambulance.

Outside the surgery the hoodies were still hanging around. We opened the door to the ambulance to allow the mother and child to get onboard bu she just stood there saying something to me in some Asian language.

We tried our usual attempts to communicate, but the woman refused to get onto the ambulance.

“Here mate”, said one of the hoodies, “she says she wants to phone her husband”.

“Could you tell her that she can phone him when she gets to the hospital? We haven't got phones on the ambulance”.

There was a bit of a dialogue between the two of them.

At the original hoodies direction one of the others in the group pulled out a phone and handed it to the woman.

“She can use my mate's phone if you want, then she'll be happier to get in the ambulance.”

There was some attempt to ring her husband, but unfortunately his phone was engaged. The hoodies then spoke to her and she agreed to get onto the ambulance.

We tried to assess the child, but the mother wouldn't let us take his coat off.

Once again, our 'street thug' group translated for us.

“She says he'll cry if you touch him”.

The GP treatment had obviously worked well, so we weren't about to argue the point. We would just take her and her child to hospital and one of the nurses there could translate for her.

I thanked the hoodies for their help before getting into the ambulance and driving off.

“No problem mate”.

So there you have it, these demonised members of society helped us and the woman by translating and offering the use of a phone. Of course that won't make it to the front page of the news. I'm old enough to have seen the reality of the cycles of media hatred and scapegoating. I remember skinheads being to blame for all societies wrongs, then the punks, then the ravers, now it's hoodies.

I'm sure that people older than me can go further back. I'm sure that some will remember everyone blaming the 'Negros' in a similar way.


17 thoughts on “Helpful Demons”

  1. Some weeks ago I read that hoodies wear the apparel because they are inwardly frightened and use their hoods and baseball caps as objects to hide behind and so feel safer. This and their trait of collecting in groups reinforces this belief.Then it's another fashion trend. In the same way we had Teds, Skinheads etc.

  2. as you said not all hoodies are bad. My freind's son is a hoodie but then when someone was having a asthma attack he helped. So it proves hoodies can be nice people as well

  3. Nice story. Beatniks, Mods, Rockers same old,same old. A girl on a school cruise ship was being a pain etc. but the staff had a different opinion of her when she bought some bangles from a street seller, kept one and gave him back the rest to sell again. Often I think most people are fine as individuals it's the group thing that can cause problems.

  4. It's another example of how tabloidism can portray members of society. Granted, there are some bad apples, but then there are some bad apples in the rest of society too.I can remember years ago driving along the beach at Southport. We passed a group of Hells Angels, maybe 40 of them. I shone my beam at them but they weren't doing anything wrong so I extinguished it and drove on.About 1000 yards further on, I hit a patch of soft sand, and the car (A metro, as I recall) got bogged down. Wouldn't move in either direction.I put on the hazard flashers, and within a fews seconds a long line of single headlights came from up the beach. My colleague started to panic – the Hells Angels were coming, and we were stuck. He seemed convinced they were about to murder us in some gruesome manner.Instead, they stopped their bikes nearby, all gathered round the car and lifted it from the soft sand it had got stuck in, onto the firmer sand. Then they waved goodnight in a cheerful fashion and watched us drive off.I bet stories like these won't stop tabloids like The Sun portraying hoodies et al as dangerous fringes of society though.

  5. This 'hoodie' cr*p is getting annoying. I guess its easier than saying “amoral scum, mostly from lower socio-economic groups”, but it means anyone without a positive experience with somebody wearing one thinks they're likely to get happy-slapped.Actually, that's not true. If somebody is wearing a hoody, but doesn't slouch and more or less speaks the Queen's English (ie, a private schoolboy like myself, back in the day) you'll probably be fine. Because – obviously – the hoody isn't going to throw you in the Thames, the person inside it is. The lesson here is, we're all different on the outside. But also on the inside. Yeah.

  6. I'm wearing a hoodie right now (shock and gasp!) because, wonder of wonders… I'm frikkin' cold, and a regular jumper doesn't keep my ears warm.Anyway, I'm here after reading your interview on B3ta, entertaining stuff 😀

  7. Yay a happy story, the 'youth of today stuff' has all been a bit of a downer on the blogs of late (see Inspector Gadget's, Remembrance day post)If any one can tell me where you can by a jumper for a teenage boy, that doesn't have a hood and that the afore mentioned boy would be willing to be seen, in public in, I would be delighted to know.

  8. Maybe it's just the teenagers I knew at school… there were very few who were “proper bad'uns” and very few angels. For the most part, it was a bit of both.So for instance, someone could be a Lovely Young Man and help someone struggling with a pushchair on and off the bus – then go out and get drunk on cheap cider in the park, harassing passers-by, scribbling on the play equipment, and generally being a Complete Little Sh*t – then go home and do the washing-up, and in the morning, help their little brother get up and dressed and take him to school, like a Responsible Member Of Society – then get to their own school and end up in detention for starting a fight like a Vicious Thug…

  9. The last two lines of South Park's song Blame Canada seem to be appropriate to the tabloids' demonisation of hoodies:We must blame them and cause a fuss

    Before somebody thinks of blaming uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuus!!!!

  10. I learned a lot about assumptions the first time I ever came to your lovely city. I was trying to make my way to a friend's residence and stopped in a cafe after a very long flight for something to eat. As I was struggling out the door with my luggage a man jumped up out of his seat toward me, which resulted in my pressing myself flat against the wall with a death grip on my purse, with a pulse rate of about 150.He got up to get the door for me.

  11. I guess I could could myself in that group, not the translation part but by the fact that I wear a hoodie and am given a surprised look when I offer to help random members of the public.Good to see that random kindness hasn't gone form the minds of the youth

  12. Strange isn't it how we demonise a whole sub-set of society, mainly young people, purely on an item of clothing that they happen to wear.Yes, for a moment, next time you hear the word Hoodie, stop. Repeat the phrase you just heard using the word N*****r, Faggot, Paki, or even just Woman. How offensive does it sound? How prejudiced are we becoming as a society when we have to alienate people based on clothing?

  13. People really need to stop generalising im in a similar situation worest was when i went to volunteer at the hospital black trouser green top and id pulled a hoody over the top to walk in as it was bloody freezing.on the way in i went to help an oldlady that was struggerling with a big bag and offer to carry it for her but as i was walking over she started to panic. All because of the media.

    To put it in perspective i get less of a reaction walking through town in a taekwondo suit carring a big pole figure that one out.

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