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disneyprincess20
04-02-08, 12:35
Remember kiddies, don't go copying these! :p

Source (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/01/999_timewasters/)


Hamster-in-rain emergency prompts 999 call

South Wales police force has published a list of top time-wasting 999 calls during the past year in an attempt to convince people not to pick up the phone unless it's really necessary.

According to icWales, the highlight of 2007 came when one woman demanded officers come and cuff her boyfriend because he'd put her hamster out in the rain. Another caller explained: “My husband has the TV remote and won’t let me watch EastEnders.”

The list continues with the anxious citizen who admitted: “I don’t have £1 for a supermarket trolley”, and one flustered bookworm who offered: “A friend has my library card, can you come and arrest her?”

Our fave, though, is the bloke who enquired: “Can the police come round and take my mother-in-law away? She has been here for 18 days.”

The South Wales cops said one in ten emergency calls they receive are either "inappropriate or a deliberate misuse of the 999 system", and they now plan to use psychology to stem the tide.

Traditionally, the 999 operators have greeted callers with a cheery “South Wales Police, how can I help?” They will in future declare “South Wales Police, what is your emergency?”, which will apparently prompt the person on the other end of the line to ponder whether or not their situation really is a matter of life or death.

This subtle but significant change in wording has reportedly proved successful in New York and San Diego, and Superintendent Kevin O’Neill, divisional commander for communication at South Wales Police, explained: “For many years we have been trying to educate the public on what is or isn’t a 999 call, but one in ten 999 calls made to South Wales Police are still inappropriate or a deliberate misuse of the system.

“Now we are going a step further in our campaign to reduce the number of non-urgent calls to 999 by making this simple but hopefully effective way in which our controllers answer calls."

O'Neill concluded with the obligatory plea: “Calling 999 with an unnecessary non-emergency call could block a genuine call for vital seconds and put lives at risk. We would ask people to work with us so our operators are free to help callers who do need urgent help.”


The hamster in the rain is very cruel, but the mother-in-law one is genius! :D

touchthesky
04-02-08, 13:13
It's funny but at the same time..I can't imagine what emergancies may have been trying to get through when those people were on the line.

Rexie
04-02-08, 13:52
:vlol:

only Croft
04-02-08, 15:30
XDDD people are just idiots but still funny as hell XD :vlol: :vlol: !!!!!

Angelus
04-02-08, 15:33
“My husband has the TV remote and won’t let me watch EastEnders.”

:vlol:

Voni
04-02-08, 15:35
These people can't call the police genuinely believing the police will come to their aid. Do they?!

PARANOIA
04-02-08, 15:40
Yankees: 999 is the Britannic equivalent of 911.

Rivendell
04-02-08, 15:41
Gah.. I read about this in the paper the other day. It's madness!

“A friend has my library card, can you come and arrest her?”

RAID
04-02-08, 15:43
My husband has the TV remote and won’t let me watch EastEnders.

Hilarious

Angelus
04-02-08, 15:44
“Can the police come round and take my mother-in-law away? She has been here for 18 days.”

Lmao!

Obscure
04-02-08, 16:00
Because of huge Television Soap interest when something big is about to happen (such as a murder or a car diving into a lake) the police are alerted because people ring up claiming what they'd just seen on the television had actually happend. Such as in Coronation Street or Eastenders when something such as Phil being shot. People would call the police and alert them saying someone had been shot near the Queen Vic pub.

rickybazire
04-02-08, 16:01
that quote about the mother-in-law, thats the best...:D

Let Go
04-02-08, 16:06
:vlol:

digitizedboy
04-02-08, 17:49
“My husband has the TV remote and won’t let me watch EastEnders.”

ROFL

at the same time though it's pretty sick when you think of how important this service is.

Laurencarter
04-02-08, 18:34
LOL! It's weird what people sometimes do.

Sir Croft
04-02-08, 18:47
“Can the police come round and take my mother-in-law away? She has been here for 18 days.”

ROFL :vlol:

DickDan
04-02-08, 19:41
Stupid idiots. THEY should be arrested for wasting time.

Drone
04-02-08, 19:42
lol either they were kidding or being crzy

Eddie Haskell
04-02-08, 19:46
Yankees: 999 is the Britannic equivalent of 911.

I thought it was a phonesex prefix...;)

Beanz
04-02-08, 20:30
Lulz! :vlol:

Seb_01225
04-02-08, 20:33
haha i pranked the police once
i was so tiny i didnt know who i'd called.

i said poo down the phone and they called back and were talking to my mum! i was only 3

glitterpaws
04-02-08, 21:10
I don’t have £1 for a supermarket trolley


HAHAHAHA! :tea:thats the most stupid thing i've ever heard!

Twilight
04-02-08, 22:23
how stupid can they get? seriously, someone can die because of them. no consideration whatsoever.

TombFreak
04-02-08, 23:59
Okay...?:tea:

coolezpunk
05-02-08, 00:08
OMG, LOL! :vlol: Silly kids! :p

Reggie
05-02-08, 00:13
I'm still laughing now :vlol: