Halifax 12-Year-Old Called 911 To Complain About Their Salad: RCMP

HALIFAX — RCMP are issuing a gentle reminder about proper 911 use after a 12-year-old called to express their dislike of salad.

The Mounties say Halifax dispatchers received a call just before 10 p.m. Tuesday from a youth who said their guardian made a salad they didn’t like.

“The child was upset and did not care for what the parent put in the salad, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson.

“As a member was responding, they called back again wondering where the police officer was and that they were very unhappy with what ingredients were in their salad.”

Poses a serious risk

Police say they took the opportunity to speak to the child about what happened and also about when it’s appropriate to call 911.

“While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages,” Hutchinson said in a release Thursday.

Hutchinson said in an interview the incident isn’t isolated and those like it pose a serious risk when emergency responders go to a scene where they aren’t needed.

“Sometimes it takes us to a location out of our coverage area that is at the opposite end of where an actual real emergency call may come in,” he said.

He said he knows of various instances, including one where someone was upset that there wasn’t enough meat in their donair.

In another, an upset caller couldn’t find their television remote, Hutchinson said, while one parent was upset that a barber didn’t do a good enough job on their child’s haircut.

“On a regular basis we get (those) calls from people,” said Hutchinson, who added that improper use of 911 can result in a fine of $697.50.

Within the last two weeks alone there have been more than two dozen bogus 911 calls in Nova Scotia, he said.

40 per cent of calls bogus in Edmonton

Improper 911 use is a problem across Canada and in other parts of the world.

In December, a 51-year-old Florida man was charged with misusing the emergency line after he called twice to complain about the size of the meal served to him at Crabby’s Seafood Shack in Stuart, Fla., telling dispatchers: “I ordered something, and it was extremely so small.”

In 2016, the Las Vegas-area fire department held a news conference to ask people to not call over “stubbed toes and sore throats,” while police in Kentucky pointed out that people often called them to ask

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel

      

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