A bicyclist in San Francisco is likely regretting some of her social media activity after a video she posted of herself on Twitter went viral for all the wrong reasons.
According to KTVU-TV in San Fran, the video was originally posted by a twitter user with the handle @drivingmzstacey, who has since made their Twitter feed private, likely in response to the overwhelmingly negative reaction her video has garnered.
In the video, the user can be heard hysterically berating an EMT who was behind the wheel of the ambulance, “Get out of the bike lane!… You’re killing us! Get out of the bike lane!”
The woman did not appear to be actually dying, or in any physical danger at all, during the course of filming the video.
Before confronting the EMT, the woman reportedly vented her frustration about being inconvenienced by a rescue vehicle in her bike lane, saying, “Here’s an ambulance in the bike lane. There is a business they can park in. They can block the car lane, they can block the non-existent motorcycle park lane. I am not even half a mile from a home on a rainy day. What the f—k. What the f— k.”
After berating the driver thusly, the EMT stopped what he was doing and moved to the other side of the street. The woman claimed in the video that the EMT in question was on break, but the San Francisco Fire Department disputed that claim, saying that they were “finishing a medical emergency with a patient care document from a call at that location which is why they moved to the other side of the street rather than engage with you.”
— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDIA (@SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDIA)
According to the Daily Mail, the woman who filmed the interaction was 51-year-old Stacey Randecker, who admitted that she sounded “crazy” during the video, but defended her actions. “I know that it sounded it crazy. I really admit I had lost it. But I don’t think people understand what it’s like. You’re on a bike, in the rain, and the one path that you have is blocked over and over again in such a short amount of time,” Randecker told the Daily Mail.
Randecker also insisted that, contrary to the Fire Department’s statement, that the EMT in question was just “checking her phone” when she approached.