Usually, these days people wanna look young.
But in times of crisis, I guess sometimes, ya gotta go old school.
Such was the case, allegedly, for a 34- and 44-year-old in Florida recently.
As reported by CNN, the youngsters — if you consider that 30 is the new 20 — walked into an Orange County COVID vaccination sight sporting bonnets — you know, like Little House on the Prairie.
Also donned by the sly slippers: gloves and glasses.
And why? Purportedly, they wanted to appear elderly — so they could get the vaccine.
But they couldn’t quite make it — per Dr. Paul Pino, the phonies got fingered: Their ruse was recognized, their plans kaput.
From the good doctor, via Click Orlando:
“We haven’t had any lack of willing arms to get vaccinated. We also have people faking to be old to be vaccinated. So yesterday we realized a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for the second time, so I don’t know how they escaped the first time, but they came (to get) vaccinated. The bonnets, the gloves, the glasses — the whole thing, and they probably were in their 20s.”
You’re close, Paul — I reference my above thoughts on the thirties.
Dr. Pino pointed out there were “some issues with IDs and their driver’s license.”
And beyond that, they just flat-out “looked funny.”
Hence, a staffer stopped ’em just before they got stuck.
They took a shot, in order to take a shot.
As stated by Click Orlando, “There will…be an investigation to determine if they actually received the first shot.”
Paul says their on it:
“[P]art of the findings that we have to do is were they really vaccinated by us, when (they were) vaccinated, what happened, what date, what time to try to figure out if there are any holes, loopholes, in the process that are allowing people to do that.”
There was a sense to the pseudo-seniors’ sneakiness: Had they given their correct birthdays when make the appointment, they would’ve been rejected.
However, Dr. P noted they could’ve gotten an assist for someone working for the site.
“People get really, really apprehensive about getting the vaccine, ‘I want it now.’ And some people get really emotional. So I also can see that someone had said, ‘Okay, we don’t have that many people, yeah, go by.’ So anything could have happened.”
It’s certainly an emotion issue for some, on both sides.
And at the end of the day, to Paul, “It’s kind of hilarious…”
“[It’s] disappointing, because they are taking the place that someone else could, in much higher need, could have had that place.”
What I’d like to know is: How old is Paul?
Where I come from, not so long ago, people in their 30’s were grannies.
Just watch any show in black and white — The Twilight Zone, if you’ve got it: Men in their early 60’s walked with canes and spoke of their impending death.
These days, of course, we get to live a lot longer.
Hopefully, the government –and management over the vaccine — is aptly making sure the trend continues.
Stay healthy, America — you old timers, you.
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