The following tweet has caused a stir country wide as it has been shared right across social media with most people shaking their head in disgust.
The person who wrote the tweet is believed to work for the NHS and clearly seems to have no respect for those who gave up their life for us.
The Havering Daily spoke to Carl Neal, a retired veteran and poppy seller from Hornchurch in regards to the shocking tweet.
Carl said :
“She is entitled to dodge poppy sellers if she wants, she doesn’t have to buy a poppy. People who fought in the wars gave up their life for her to have the freedom to choose if she wants to wear a poppy or not.
“She doesn’t have the right to swear or insult people for selling poppies. Last year one of our poppy sellers was spat upon outside a Hornchurch supermarket. I’ve had people lecture me why I shouldn’t be selling poppies. People do swear and can be rude to us but there is nothing we can do except report their abusive behaviour.
“Everyone has the right and the freedom of choice whether to wear a poppy or not but you shouldn’t insult poppy sellers”.
Carl served in the Second Royal Tank Regiment and now spends a lot of his time raising money for the armed services. Carl’s wife Wendy is the coordinator in Hornchurch for the British Legion poppy appeal.
“We are lucky here, Havering residents are very generous. Last year we raised £56,000 selling poppies”.