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Monday, 19 September 2016

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.

"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."
Other stupid calls included:

  • 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.
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