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I’m the medic who the New York Post outed as a sex worker. This is the real story

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  1. Ellimist
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    As someone who has worked as an EMT-B in Texas, I can absolutely confirm that private EMS pay is absolute shit. When I first got my EMT cert and started working the truck, my hourly wage was 9/hr...

    As someone who has worked as an EMT-B in Texas, I can absolutely confirm that private EMS pay is absolute shit.

    When I first got my EMT cert and started working the truck, my hourly wage was 9/hr plus a shift differential depending on which shift I was working. My first shift was 4am-7pm, 3 days a week. The differential on that shift brought me up to around 13/hr. By the time I quit, I was making 12/hr. Raises were nonexistent.

    The one EMT the article quoted was certainly accurate in that extra shifts are a necessity to make a decent paycheck. Where they’ve gone full moron is that everyone is trying to pick up those extra shifts and they’re usually given out by seniority so depending where you’re at on the totem pole, there’s a good chance you’re SOL for making extra money.

    Most private EMS services, at least here in Texas, know full well that they’re basically just a pipeline. EMTs and Paramedics in the private services are usually just doing it until they get through nursing school or get hired on by a fire department(here in Texas, most cities fire departments also handle their EMS)

    The private services know this and treat their employees like dog shit because

    A) the employees won’t stick around anyway
    B) EMTs are a dime a dozen and easily replaceable

    So yea....fuck the New York Post for outing this woman. Private EMS sucks ass in a lotta ways and most EMTs and Paramedics I knew had some form of side gig because the pay just isn’t good enough.

    Also benefits were atrocious. Technically had a healthcare plan though United Healthcare but it was a pretty bad plan. Cost me 300 bucks a month for the best plan(an HMO I think) offered as a single male, no dependents.

    We technically got PTO but very few of us could afford to take the time off.

    I quit my EMT job to go work for a city as a 911 dispatcher. My starting pay was 18/hr and, after 3 years, I’m up to 21.36/hr. I have a decent health plan that I pay 18 dollars a month for as long as I meet certain “wellness criteria”. Overtime can be mandated when manpower necessitates it but right now, we’re fully staffed so being overworked isn’t an issue. Needless to say, it’s been a big improvement.

    25 votes
  2. [2]
    JXM
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    This is just about the classiest response to the New York Post's attempted slander. She used her newfound spotlight to point out problems with the system and what EMTs and other medical...

    This is just about the classiest response to the New York Post's attempted slander. She used her newfound spotlight to point out problems with the system and what EMTs and other medical professionals are going through.

    Who gives a shit what she does with her time off? We should all be focused on the fact that she's out there risking her life to save ours every day.

    Bravo.

    (And fuck the New York Post)

    20 votes
    1. streblo
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      It's great that she basically doesn't even bring it up or try to justify something that needs no justification.

      It's great that she basically doesn't even bring it up or try to justify something that needs no justification.

      10 votes
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    Moonchild
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    Since it's not linked there, here is the referenced nypost article.

    Since it's not linked there, here is the referenced nypost article.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      Eylrid
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      Don't give bad journalism the clicks.

      Don't give bad journalism the clicks.

      14 votes
      1. Moonchild
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        I do not think it is a good article. However, I also do not think it makes sense to say that article is bad without first reading it (assuming it is available to be read). Cheap, unverifiable lies...

        I do not think it is a good article. However, I also do not think it makes sense to say that article is bad without first reading it (assuming it is available to be read). Cheap, unverifiable lies are the bread and butter of poor journalism, and we should not encourage patterns of behaviour which enable them, regardless of their justifiability in a specific situation.

        If you use an adblocker (which you should) then viewing the article does not result in any positive outcome for its proprietors. Or you can view an archived version of it here or here.

        2 votes
    2. [2]
      joplin
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      For those who aren't familiar, the New York Post is not considered a real newspaper by most people. They're a right-leaning newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch and known more for their pun-filled...

      For those who aren't familiar, the New York Post is not considered a real newspaper by most people. They're a right-leaning newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch and known more for their pun-filled headlines than any actual journalism. It's utterly unsurprising they're behind this hit piece on a random person nobody's ever heard of.

      7 votes
      1. Akir
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        It depends on who you mean by "most people". I've seen their stories circulated around places like r/conservative on reddit.

        It depends on who you mean by "most people". I've seen their stories circulated around places like r/conservative on reddit.

        3 votes
  4. Eric_the_Cerise
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    Tangent: Nothing to do with this article. When I click the link, The Independent auto-redirects me to the Spanish version. Going to The Independent's homepage gets the same redirect. I'm not using...

    Tangent: Nothing to do with this article. When I click the link, The Independent auto-redirects me to the Spanish version. Going to The Independent's homepage gets the same redirect.

    I'm not using any kind of VPN service, Onion Router, etc ... and I'm in Hungary. Anyone care to guess why The Independent is insisting on serving me in Spanish?

    1 vote