Wicklow Gardai looking for a slice of the action told to turn down deliveries of pizza from local businesses
Gardai in Wicklow has been told to refuse presents such as pizzas from well-meaning businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a report on TheJournal.ie, members of the force in the Wicklow District were told they could no longer take in food or drinks from well-wishers.
An Garda Síochána’s social media pages had posted pictures of packages dropped in stations by members of the public but then an an email sent to all members in Wicklow telling them to decline all such gifts.
“I am directed by Chief Superintendent, Wicklow, to request that all staff when gifts/hospitality are received at stations during the crisis that the callers should be thanked for their generosity and the kindness of their gestures but to respectfully decline these gifts (eg gifts of food and drink delivered to station),” the email reads.
“Members of the public who would like to donate to more worthy recipients can be provided with the following contact details or any of the local volunteer groups.”
It is believed that the donations would go against the force’s code of ethics and it is believed that Wicklow was the only division to temporarily ban the gifts.
According to the report, it understood that a compromise has been reached where care packages can be accepted from members of the public but not from businesses after some stations had been receiving free takeaway meals from local chippers and pizza chains.