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Manchester: Nurse convicted of homophobic verbal abuse against policeman

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  1. I keep imagining she looks like Bernie from the Catherine Tate show, know whadda mean?

  2. “Abusive behaviour”? Her homophobia isn’t even part of the story then? Why is it on here? I think we need rather better reporting of this news item.

  3. Racist and homophobic, they sound a truly delightful couple.

    1. Just what I was going to say!

  4. I find it rather hard that a policeman had his feelings hurt by anything said to him. I fear that like the rest of the country were far to thin skinned .Words only hurt when you let them

    1. I think you misunderstand just how hurtful words can be, whether you let them or not.

    2. Normally I make it a rule not to insult a commentator’s intelligence. Luckily you don’t have any for me to insult. Let’s assume that even if the policeman had the thickest skin in the world, and didn’t take one bit of offense from that awful excuse for a human being, name calling is truly insidious in the way that witnesses to this behaviour view it as acceptable. And when they view it as acceptable they will not intervene, and further set a negative example for other onlookers.

    3. So the police are fair game then are they. Remember that one someone kicks seven bells of sh1t out of you one night and you want something done about it

      1. “Remember that when someone ….” even

    4. and what about everyone else around them? public slurs are a crime because of the distress it causes to the general public.

  5. So homophobic abuse. In Manchester. Lady, I think you’re living in the wrong city.

  6. Mister Fister 7 Aug 2012, 3:46pm

    As reprehensible and inexcusable as the behaviour of these individuals may be, I must say that it seriously pisses me off when I encounter cyclists on the pavement.

    In this incident the race of the cyclist is immaterial. Anyone over the age of ten who cycles on the pavement is an inconsiderate twat.

    1. Well stop walking in cycle lanes and then I won’t have to move over to the pedestrian part of the pavement then will I.

      1. Mister Fister 8 Aug 2012, 2:31pm

        Rick, I am a keen cyclist and have had numerous near misses with idiotic pedestrians walking in cycle lanes. My comment was aimed not at responsible cyclists using cycle paths but at those who give us a bad reputation by cycling on pavements, riding through traffic lights etc – you know the ones I mean. Why do people buy bikes if they are too scared to ride in the road and think that the Highway Code doesn’t apply to them?

        1. I too hate it when a cyclist are on the pavements and when you do not get out of there way THEY give me so much s**t like its my fault that I am on the pavement and in there way, they think its there own private speed rd, they need to Grow up and use the rd

  7. Racism and homophobia same ass different cheek

  8. Well that conviction may cost her a career. Her registration as a nurse may well be reviewed and revoked

  9. It will have severe consequences for her registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. I, for one, hope they strike her off. Who wants nurses like her?

  10. I wonder how this will affect her job? As a nurse she is expected to provide care to anyone regardless of skin colour, race or sexual orientation. It seems unlikely she can fulfil that given her behaviour.

  11. casparthegood 7 Aug 2012, 11:59pm

    If she had to shoot her mouth off then better at a cop who could take action than potentialy at a vulnerable patient.The Health Service is much better off without her .

  12. GingerlyColors 8 Aug 2012, 6:49am

    Nursing is seen as a caring proffession and somebody like Laura O’Shea should not be in that sort of job if she is going to come out with racist and homophobic garbage like that. I would like to see her come that attitude down Canal Street and see how long she lasts.

  13. It is always Homophobic this and Homophobic that. I believe that a phobia is an irrational fear. We are most often dealing with irrational hate. Perhaps calling it anti-gay abuse would be more accurate.

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