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A day in the life of a police officer is certainly no walk in the park.
Police men and women work incredibly hard day after day to keep people safe and like all of us hardworking folks, they need a break sometimes.
They might save lives like superheroes, but they’re still only human.
However it seems some people have yet to realise this, as a Brighton -based Police Constable has just revealed how one woman shamed him for buying fast food while on duty.
PC Andre Owen, who works for Sussex Police, shared his story in a post on Twitter .
The 25-year-old wrote: “To the lady that scorned me for buying food on duty… I’ve not stopped since 07:05 this morning, not even for toilet break. I’m over 100 miles from my station and I’m due off in 45 mins…. with a two hour journey at least!!!! # policearehumantoo”
He attached a photo of a meal from fast food chain Burger King to the tweet , which has since gone viral with more than 8,000 likes and over 1,000 shares.
Andre, who has worked with Sussex Police for five years, explained to MirrorOnline that he’d had an incredibly busy day before the woman called him out.
He said: “Five minutes after starting my shift, I was assigned to a serious job in Brighton. I dealt with that and then had to drive nonstop to Oxford as part of the same job, single crewed.
“Half an hour into the return journey, I stopped at a service station for my first toilet stop of the day! While there, I also got a double whopper meal, apple pie, Coke and a cappuccino.”
It was 2pm at this time and Andre, who was feeling tired and hungry, was due to finish his shift at 3pm, but still had a hundred mile journey ahead of him to get back to his station – plus a stack of paperwork waiting for him when he arrived.
But a stranger at a service station couldn’t possibly know all of that, so instead she chose to make her own assumptions about the situation.
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“A lady eating her own food, kept staring at me whilst I waited,” he continued.
“I collected the food and as I left she said something similar to ‘whilst you’re in here stuffing your face, there’s criminals that need catching out there’, I smiled, and just walked away without saying a word.
“I put it on Twitter and the tweet gathered so much momentum with such positive support.”
Andre says the tweet wasn’t intended for sympathy, but to show the public the harsh reality of his job.
He added: “Lastly on route back I came across a broken down car on the M23. Although way off my patch, I stopped and assisted, stopping traffic so I could get the male, female and their children to safety behind the safety barrier.
“I then waited for recovery to pick them up, using my blue lights to provide protection to all around. It added another hour onto my already long day.”
The Police Constable finally finished his shift for the day at 7pm, nearly 12 hours after he started work.
“Whilst it’s long, and the lady annoyed me at the time, I love my job and on the whole, wouldn’t change it for the world,” he said.