A woman riding a bicycle in San Francisco has locked down her social media after facing significant backlash for posting a video of herself screaming hysterically at an EMT who had parked their ambulance in the bike lane.
Local news outlet KTVU-TV in San Francisco reported that the video was originally posted by Twitter user @drivingmzstacey, who has since made her account private — likely as a response to the negative feedback she received for her actions.
The video, which quickly went viral, showed the woman hysterically berating an EMT who was behind the wheel of the ambulance.
This cyclist Karen in San Francisco having a meltdown over an ambulance parked in the bike lane has "trapped on a stopped escalator" energy. pic.twitter.com/o8JsVPWnWY
— Possum Reviews (@ReviewsPossum) January 1, 2023
“Get out of the bike lane! … You’re killing us! Get out of the bike lane!” she can be heard screaming.
The bicyclist did not appear to be actually dying, or in any physical danger at all while filming the video. In fact, there were barely any cars on the road at all — causing many Twitter users to point out that she was perfectly capable of riding around the emergency vehicle.
Prior to her confrontation with the EMT, the woman began ranting about being inconvenienced by the ambulance being parked in her bike lane — angrily rambling about how the emergency vehicle supposedly had other options for parking.
“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,” she shouted.
After she berated the EMT sitting in the ambulance, the EMT stopped what she was doing and moved the emergency vehicle to the other side of the street.
While the bicyclist claimed in the video that the EMT was on a break, the San Francisco Fire Department called her out on that false claim — noting in a tweet that the EMTs had just finished up attending to a medical emergency and had been filling out the paperwork related to that emergency, and had chosen to move the ambulance rather than deal with her antics.
“The crews did not say they ‘were on a break’, 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. Have a safe day,” the tweet read.
Thank you for sharing this. The crews did not say they “were on a break”, 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. Have a safe day. https://t.co/3eI8mYU7Wk
— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDIA (@SFFDPIO) December 29, 2022
According to reporting from the Daily Mail, the woman has been identified as 51-year-old Stacey Randecker, who has since acknowledged that she sounded “crazy” during the video — but is still defending her actions.
“I know that it sounded 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,” she told the outlet.
Randecker also insisted that the San Francisco Fire Department’s statement was incorrect by claiming that the EMT was just “checking her phone” when she approached the vehicle.