Carer turned away from Morrisons petrol station as she is not emergency worker – Bristol Live

A carer was turned away from a Morrisons petrol station while trying to fill up her car before a 12-hour shift because she “is not an emergency worker”.

Joanna Termets Barrell went to the Morrisons petrol station in Newquay, Cornwall, on Sunday morning (September 26) to fill her car up ahead of going to work – which she says was the only open petrol station she could access within 10 miles.

Joanna was shocked when she was turned away from the fuel station on the basis that she isn’t an emergency worker, reports Cornwall Live.

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It led to Joanna having to abandon her mission of filling up the car, because she had to be at work for 7am, ready to begin her 12-hour shift.

Over the past few days many people have resorted to panic buying fuel in the fear that stations may run out, something that has been dispelled by most of the fuel providers across the region, who have insisted there is no need for panic buying, and there should be plenty to go around.

Joanna said she was “absolutely fuming” to be turned away from the petrol station at 6.30am this morning.

She said the petrol station was coned off, and a Morrisons garage worker told her fuel at that time was only for emergency workers.

The carer said: “I’m absolutely fuming, Sunday morning at 6.30 and I’m turned away from the only petrol station in Newquay open, Morrisons, the next nearest 10 miles away, because as a carer in the community I’m not classed as an emergency worker. This is not funny.

“How are people’s loved ones supposed to be hoisted out of bed to go to the toilet, get washed, fed, medications given, dressed?

“How can we not be classed as important? How did we not have this problem a year ago?”

Joanna works as a carer in the community, and has worked with Bluebird Care for over a year.

She added: “We are already struggling with staff easily working 60 hours some weeks.

“Today we start at 7am and finish tonight at 10pm. My colleague here Chloe Irish is working with me today and also in the same position but has to travel from Summercourt.”

Joanna said being turned away from the petrol station this morning made here feel as though she isn’t important, and her job isn’t seen as a priority.

She said: “I’m shocked that I couldn’t get fuel to do a 12 hour shift.”

A Morrisons spokesperson apologised “for any inconvenience caused during this time”, adding: “It is a rapidly moving situation and we are working hard with our suppliers to ensure we can continue to keep our pumps open and serve our customers.”

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