PCSO Adam Bettinson has penned some pandemic rewrites of traditional nursery rhymes (Picture: SWNS)
A police force has been slated for releasing a series of ‘cringeworthy’ Covid safety messages in the form of nursery rhymes.
Classics songs like ‘wheels on the bus’ have been reworded to include new lines like ‘the driver on the bus says “wear you mask”, by a Coventry PCSO, who was hoping to ‘raise a smile.’ Adam Bettinson’s version of ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ also included the lyrics: ‘And eyes and ears, and face mask covering mouth, and nose’ – which he had hoped would engage his local community.
However, some social media users were unimpressed by his efforts, which were branded ‘patronising’ and ‘cheesy’.
The online backlash was in response to West Midlands Police unveiling the health updates from the Coventry PCSO, with many failing to see the funny side.
Ben Ward wrote on Facebook: ‘Since when have WMP started treating the public like children. This is as condescending as it gets.’
Tony Spencer added: ‘How cheesy is this. We don’t need officers patronising us about having to wear a mask at a time they already being heavy-handed.’
But others were more sympathetic to the poetic efforts, with Usman Mohammed commenting: ‘I get the idea of trying to engage with communities and families etc but this is just pure cringe-worthy.’
Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – plus face masks (Picture: West Midlands Police/SWNS)
A rewritten Wheels on the Bus (Picture: West Midlands Police/SWNS)
Others brandied it ‘fantastic’ and responded with laughing emojis to Mr Bettinson’s efforts.
The PCSO insists he has received nothing but positive feedback from his community since releasing his lyrical makeovers.
He said: ‘The health warnings are clearly really important but I felt people were in danger of being swamped by them and potentially switching off.
‘I didn’t just want to share more of the same, but get the message across in a more light-hearted way.
Mr Bettison has plans for more nursery rhymes (Picture: West Midlands Police/SWNS)
‘I’ve been sending one out in the morning and another later in the day.’
He says he has plans ‘for a few more yet’ and says if anyone wants a Covid message in a particular rhyme or song he will ‘see what he can do’.
West Midlands Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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