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Sore-footed shopper in Stratford-upon-Avon calls 999 for lift home

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Media captionThe woman told the emergency operator she had been on her feet all day

A shopper with sore feet called an ambulance to give her a lift home.

"I've been on my feet all day and now my feet are hurting me so much that I can't walk - they're burning," she told the 999 operator.

The 32-year-old asked West Midlands Ambulance Service to pick her up from Sheep Street in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Paramedic Tim Cronin tweeted: "#WeAreNotATaxi! [Patient] had "been shopping all day, now sore feet and wants a lift home!"

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During the call, that took place on Tuesday 30 August, the 999 caller told the operator: "I've got two miles to walk home and I'm not going to make it in this condition."

The operator replied: "If there is a medical reason why you can't walk then we would be taking you to the nearest available emergency department."

The woman asked: "Then from there how am I going to get home?"

The operator said her transport was "not anything to do with the ambulance service unfortunately."

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