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Vancouver E.R. nurse writes open letter to rioter: ‘Apology not accepted, d*****bag’

Jun 21, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT


On Monday another Vancouver rioter turned himself in to police: Tim Kwong (pictured) was outed by photographs and a video as “the first person to set a car on fire” in the riot. Knowing that the jig was up, Kwong issued a written apology on his Facebook page (since taken down), writing in part: I am ashamed at what i have done, I know i may never gain the respect of this town again. But I PROMISE that i will do whatever i can to make this up !! I am a big believer in Cleaning up your mess !!

But in spelling and grammar, not so much.

Anyway, the full text of Kwong’s apology can be seen here. In response, an emergency room nurse identified only as J.J. wrote this on her blog today. I show it in its entirety because it’s pretty awesome.

Tim: Just because you can string an apologetic sentence together does not mean you are sorry. Perhaps I should make you aware of the consequences of your action. To you, it’s just an overturned car that you set on fire. To me, it’s walking into an overflowing ER and helping treat a girl with a severe asthma attack because she was exposed to the noxious, acrid smoke of a burning vehicle. To her, it was just a chance to be a part of a group cheering for her team. Little did she know that later on, we were thinking of sticking a breathing tube down her throat if her condition did not improve.

To you (yes, I am lumping you with all the douchebag rioters in the ER that night), it’s a chance to congregate in the ER waiting room, pounding on the triage window demanding to be seen for teargas exposure and cuts from looting and fighting, while posturing and bragging about how you kicked the crap out of somebody and smashed shit up. To me, it’s taking my time away from the little old quiet lady having chest pain or taking time away from the person you “shit-kicked” for trying to stop the looting.

To you, it’s just a fight. To me, it’s the ER social worker looking for a teddybear to console a four-year-old girl because she just witnessed her dad get a broken nose as he was trying to get his daughter out of the hotzone.

To you, it’s writing a letter saying you “will do whatever it takes to help clean the city.” To me, it’s walking home after a long shift and seeing all these people at 7:30 in the morning armed with garbage bags cleaning up YOUR mess and realizing that these people have more class in their pinky finger than you could ever muster in your whole life.

To me, it’s getting home to shower, only to have my elderly neighbour knock on my door and ask me if he should make an appointment to see his doctor because he was experiencing shortness of breath, which later turned to chest pain in the morning. He did not think about leaving his window open as he went to bed at 9 o’clock. The smoke from all the burning cars made it to our building, into his room and triggered his asthma, which then raised his heart rate, which then became a small heart attack. I asked him why he didn’t go to the ER, and he answered, “I turned on the TV this morning and saw the rioting, I did not want to be a burden.”

To you, it’s just an overturned car that you set on fire.

Why am I blaming you for all this? Because you are the instigator. You ask people to leave your family, friends and co-workers alone? I think they need to know how much of a [expletive] you are. Remember that your parents worked themselves to the bone so they can move to this country and give you your god-given right to flip cars over and set them on fire.

You, Tim Kwong — apology not accepted.

She has a point: What would really impress me is if someone who wasn’t outed by photographic evidence would come forward and apologize. Anyway, more arrests, I’m sure, to come. You can follow the action here, and here.

You’re next, pal.

Six people turn themselves in over riots; man apologizes to city on Facebook [Global TV Edmonton]
St. Paul’s E.R. nurse indicts rioter for his apology [The Province]

  1. cleanslaton - Jun 21, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Wow. J.J.–you deserve a standing ovation ma’am, not just for how well-written your letter is– but for harnessing your anger, wielding it, and hitting your mark. E.R. and triage nurses don’t have the luxury of turning away patients before diagnosis, and it must’ve taken the patience of a saint to deal with the self-inflicted ailments of so many remorseless S***heads. I’m in Texas [aka the land without hockey--(the Stars don't count)], and this whole situation has given fans of all sports reason to consider their actions in both victory and defeat.

    I really appreciate this post, as well as all that condemn the F***heads that perpetuated the rioting and violence. Keep’em coming, Mr. Chandler.

    • dralaterdzo - Jun 23, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      JJ is so right, working in the ER can be a nightmare, even on a relatively quiet night when one major accident arrives on the doorstep. As ER nurses we see pain and death, heart breaking loss of children and loved ones every day we enter our workplace. Losers like you and the riot leaders causing more suffering and possible deaths take us away from holding the hand of someone dying alone because the family can’t be reached. How would you feel knowing your mother died alone because you could not get to the ER because of a riot? I would bet money someone died because of your actions. It would have happened because like JJ’s neighbor, they were afraid to go to the hospital. It can’t be proven. but I would like to know the number of area deaths due to heart attacks that night. That Karma is on you Tim Kwong and others like you. Ask your parents, especially if they know Buddhism, what that means for you and the realms of hell you will suffer. No one gets through life without suffering, you Tim Kwong have increased yours tenfold. An apology means nothing, you must spend a very, very long time making sure your actions and your life, (and many painful future lives), make up for the suffering you caused others. Travel well Tim Kwong, you will need to ask much forgiveness of many.

  2. nudeman - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    That’s just a fantastic letter. I’m wondering who the idiot here is who clicked on thumbs down. Perhaps someone who thinks we should all just turn the other cheek? When did burning cars and throwing rocks through storefront windows become the thing to do when your team wins or loses?

    In the unlikely instance someone who participated in this riot reads my comment, to you I say “YOU ARE A COWARD”. Trashing public property, endangering peoples’ lives then running away before you got caught. “YOU ARE ALL COWARDS”

  3. trbowman - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Jesus Christ….owned. Wow.

    How can an asian type that poorly?

  4. kyleortonsarm - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Wow she’s quite a bitch isn’t she. The kid said he was sorry. Jesus would forgive her. Kyle Orton would also.

    • nudeman - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      “The kid said he was sorry”

      Wow, what an upstanding young man. Very brave.

      HE WAS CAUGHT ON CAMERA!! If not he’d be cowering a corner of his basement right now.

      Punk. Hope he goes to jail.

    • cleanslaton - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      Jesus would forgive her, eh? Well, he’s not exactly here in the real world right now, and even if he were–I’ve never heard anything about him that says he covers the costs of riot damages. He’s also not here to heal the people injured/sickened from the smoke and violence. Don’t bring religion into this, you moron.

      ….and Kyle Orton F***ING SUCKS!

    • mgp1219 - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:40 PM


    • justhavetosay - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      I don’t even know how to respond to your comments. I can’t even imagine going through life being as selfish, and thoughtless as you, and Tim Kwong, must be. To have so little care and respect for the people sharing the world around you. Who raised you and where did they go so wrong? Grow up. You and Tim Kwong are selfish. You are cowards. Tim, you say this is not you? Well, I hate to break it to you, but yes it is.
      Every rioter who has used that line is an idiot. You have just never been in that situation before which is why you’ve never behaved that way. But no one forced you to do the things you did. You chose to, while others (sadly, very few others) chose to do the right thing and tried to stop the looting and vandalising that was going on. They showed courage and compassion. Tim Kwong, under the right set of circumstance, THIS IS YOU. I have no respect for you as a human being and I have no faith that your apology means anything. I don’t think you are really sorry. I think you are once again being selfish and trying to clear your name and gain some sympathy. Well, you get known from me.

  5. dp0609 - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    JJ is right on the mark. The little ***** did apologize but he needs to know and think about the unintended consequences of his actions and how he affected others. I am married to a nurse who works in a very busy hospital and there is nothing they hate more than someone wasting their time and taking away from sick patients who need their attention. Lastly maybe Kyleortonsarm should use that arm for things other than writing idiotic responses like accurately throwing a football.

  6. nudeman - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    cleanslaton, LOFFFL.

    Kyleortonsarm must be an evangelical Christian. And an idiot.

    (Hope Jesus forgives me for that cheap shot)

  7. mgp1219 - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM


    Beautifully written and poignant. This letter should be plastered all over Vancouver television so everyone realizes the full extent of these riots.

    All I can say is…THANK YOU.

  8. lovingradiance - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    I think that was a great use of the anger and frustration of the nurse. If more people learned to use productive writing to express their negative feelings, instead of acting out with disfunctional behavior the world would be a better place.
    I’m not involved or even interested in the sports world. But, I have friends in Vancouver who are; I’m happy to hear that there are people who can vocalize their frustration about the mess in such a clear manner!

  9. redsghost - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Sometimes violence is needed. I’m a fairly warm and compassionate person but pretty darned cold when it comes to complete morons like this Punk Tim.
    I can PROMISE you this: If the police had shown up and on the first car flipping/ burning SHOT Tim and maybe the next one or two, the riot would not have happened. The ER’s would not have been flooded. Hard working folks would not have lost their cars and perhaps their jobs because of no cars, no little girls going into asthma attacks, heart attacks etc. AND, the City/World would have one, two, or three less PUNKS, who only show up for these things simply to destroy what others have created, to deal with. Bet’cha if Vancouver wins the Stanley Cup next year and this punk Tim had been shot this year, there’d be no riots.

  10. nwinham - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Here’s another excellent letter:
    Dear Hooligans:
    I am heartbroken and angry today after the destruction and violence of last night. Like many Vancouverites, I am embarrassed and ashamed of our city but it goes beyond that. This has really, really hit me deep and I think I have finally come to the heart of why…. I feel nothing short of enraged that the jobs of people I love, who are already working their asses off, just got much harder because a bunch of idiots thought it would be fun to get drunk. Thanks. Thanks so very much, ********….