First suggestion was, "Do you want us to call an ambulance?" Remembering all the other events referred tp above, I declined and suggested I call friends who lived nearby. They came with a large vehicle on which they could transport my bike, and took me to my doctor. After hearing my story his first words were, "Well aren't you silly. You need an ECG and we don't have that here, so now we have to call the ambulance."
Very soon the ambulance, and an extra Paramedic arrived and spent 20 minutes doing all the things they can do in the back of an ambulance, including the ECG. Then they transported me to hospital, where, upon arrival, they went through all the formalities before wheeling me into the Emergency Ward. Once in there the lady paramedic put down the sides of the trolley and asked me to get off and onto the bed. I obeyed and found that my trousers were caught in the side she had just put down, so I requested that she lift it up again for me to get free to get off the trolley. "Just get off," was the reply and I explained that I could not because I was stuck, and repeated my request for the side to be raised so that I could get off. She then looked for the problem, took my trousers and pulled them out. "Now you've torn my trousers," was my response and I was assured that that was not so.
I was sent home with the usual verdict that there is nothing wrong with me. That evening back home, when I took my trousers off, of course I saw the tear and I was anything but pleased. I let it lay for 24 hours and then decided that I should put in a complaint, and if possible, get compensation. I wrote to the relevant authority and, in time, received a phone call to tell me that the paramedic did not recall doing anything like I described. Now, I know they transport a number of people each day, but I doubt you would forget such an unusual request. However, I insisted that what I related was fact. I was then asked to send in the receipt.
I went through my receipts. I knew I had bought the trousers at Target, on Special, and as I keep all receipts for 12 months, I found that I had had the trousers for 10 months, although they had not been worn much. I don't wear black that often. As the receipt was too faded to scan, I mailed in the original. The result, this week an envelope was dropped off which contained $15 in compensation.
Now, that may not be a fortune, but it is a principle. Even if they said, "For goodness sake give her the $15 dollars and get this out of the way," I still think that allowing situations like this to pass without complaint, will only make people more careless, and it would have nagged at me for years to come. And the lady may next time use the same amount of energy that she used to pull my trousers, to just lift up the side instead.