In an attempt to dissuade citizens from making unnecessary calls to emergency numbers which could hinder the process of attending to real cases, Police in Newcastle, United Kingdom have released a list of some of the most stupid calls they've received so far in 2015.
According to Northumbria Police, the one which apparently tops the list is the call by a guy reporting his girlfriend's overfeeding of their pet.
The man was quoted saying to the 911 operator:
"Me and my girlfriend split up a while ago and she’s got my hamster but she’ll not give us it back. I know it sounds daft but it’s my little hamster.Other stupid calls included:
"I don't want to cause any trouble whatsoever, she'll not give us it back because she says 'I look after it better than you' but it's ended up looking like a fat little pig.
"Not being disrespectful to the hamster, he was my pride and joy. I need him back now, he has only got a couple of years left in him because they only live so long and I love him."
- A woman who rang to say she had been sold an over-spiced hamburger.
- A man who had tied his finger to his overflowing toilet with a shoelace.
- A call asking police to come and catch a spider.
- A woman who claimed she had been overcharged at a supermarket.
- One person even called to report an overly friendly dog.
Chief Superintendent Sav Patsalos said:
"These calls to our 101 service mean our call handlers act as a referral service rather than being able to help those in need."He added that these unnecessary calls, which make up 15 % of the total calls they receive, cost police about £200,000 charges on their toll free lines.