The Hi-Viz Effect
I call it the hi-viz effect. It comes in three parts:
Font of all Knowledge
Putting on the garment instantly conveys the wearer with every bit of information known to man.
Or so the general public thinks. It seems the yellow coat makes you an instant target for questions such as: where are the toilets, where’s the exit, when does this start and where am I again. Admittedly the last one is more of a concern for me, but you get the idea.
I Thought You Worked Here
The wearer of the garment is, despite any current or previous employment, instantly an unpaid employee for whatever establishment they are currently in.
A corollary of this is that the wearer also instantly becomes a police officer, doctor and paramedic, despite current and past qualifications, convictions or career choices. The number of times I’ve been approached like this… If only getting a real job was so easy.
Cloak of Invisibility
The wearer of the garment is instantly rendered completely invisible to anyone who does not require their attention.
There is a huge crowd, and somewhere in the centre someone has gone down. It’s come in as a collapse, so it could be anything from a trip, through a simple faint, all the way to a cardiac arrest. We need to get there promptly, so we can work out what support they’ll need.
Except there’s still that huge crowd. And no matter how politely (or not) we ask, people just won’t move out of our way. It takes us fifteen minutes to get on scene, along what is normally a three-minute trip…
Here’s a hint to people in such crowds: if you see someone in green and florescent yellow heading towards you, asking everyone to make way, please MAKE WAY! At the very least, don’t stare pointed over their shoulder and stay rooted to the floor…
Testing the Effect
If you want to see this for yourself, volunteer as a first aider at the busiest event you can find, ensuring it is a large area event where it is difficult to find things. Oh, and make sure you go to a supermarket or similar to get some food first, and arrive in the city by train.
Sounds like a standard big duty for me…