Furious Brummies blasted Covid rule breakers for living a ‘selfish lifestyle’ after scores of people were fined by cops in the city.
West Midlands Police issued over £16,000 in fines in a single night after breaking up a birthday bash, an event inside a shop, a student rave and a poker match.
Officers disrupted a large party at University accommodation in Birmingham city centre with 50 fixed penalty notices issued to revellers, with some travelling from London and Newcastle.
While a party was broken up on Soho Road, 20 people were found at a 30th birthday at a house in Kingstanding and 17 men were discovered enjoying a poker night at a tower block.
The continuous breaches during the third lockdown prompted an angry response from BriminghamLive readers, which attracted hundreds of comments on Facebook.
Sylvia Winnett wrote: “Sadly, lots of elderly people are either self isolating, in hospital on ventilators or 6ft under and mostly due to the spread of Covid by youngsters living their selfish lifestyle.”
Julie Young said: “People who host these kind of things simply do not care about anyone including themselves.”
Pamela Jean Tester wrote: “They ought to be ashamed of themselves there’s people dying, doctors and nurses over worked, and these selfish people are out celebrating, they are behaving like spoilt brats, we have lost members in our family and so as others, and we are trying to follow the rules to get rid of this virus.”
Sarah Blake wrote: “All these COVIDIOTS stopping me from seeing my kids and grandkids especially new grandson whom I can’t hold makes my blood boil I agree make them do a stint in the Covid wards little selfish s*****.”
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Gill Jewsbury said: “I’m not a party-pooper I want to see my grandchildren again, my kids, my siblings and friends so I am doing what we are asked. It’s hard, very hard and yes Government got it wrong at the start, but having never dealt with something as epic as this, mistakes, yes maybe they have cost more lives than any of us have dared believe, but we all need to work together on this.”
John Paul Scroggie said: “Fines are pointless they should be put in forced isolation for two weeks. Hotels are empty so could be used then charge them for the stay.”
Tao Jing wrote: “Please follow and abide by the Covid-19 restriction rules. That will be the only way to help the police to reduce the pressure and focus more on the real crimes. How could that many people don’t understand this sense?”
Richard Williams said: “I’m sure a shift in the Queen Elizabeth Intensive care unit in Birmingham would change their selfish minds.”
Kerry Blackmore added: “Punishing them is the only way they aren’t stupid they know what they are doing they just think they are untouchable until it effects you have have no idea.”