When the children were very small and like most small children, they took quite a fascination to the phone, making pretend calls and receiving pretend calls -things like that. I used to call them numerous times a day from the office, even before they could speak, just so they could listen to my voice. So, suffice to say, they got very attached to the phone quite early.
Anyway, back to their fascination with the phone, one of them started stabbing her chubby fingers on the buttons and unwittingly, a call went through to the emergency service several times. The efficient officer at the end of the line of course couldn't dismiss the call as just a prank call and had to investigate, especially when she heard a child's voice. Thus, that was when I got a call asking me all sorts of details. She very sternly warned me to make sure that the phone was out of reach of the children as they could very well be blocking other emergency calls coming in. Well, that is understandable.
There was another incident, when another child, which shall remain nameless here, called the police because the father had not come home at the expected time., as promised to him. Again, we got reprimanded by the police. Oh well, these are children, but according to one report today, the police had to warn people - adults- not to waste their time dialling 999 for some very trivial complains. And here are some of them. and more here:
-One man rang 999 to say two squirrels were fighting in his back garden,
-a couple who had handcuffed themselves together "for a joke" rang to inform police they had lost the key.
-a woman who was having a problem with her knitting dialled 999,
- a woman driving on the M1, who wanted to know the time.
- a man rang South Yorkshire Police to request they deal with the birds singing on his roof because he could not get any sleep.
- the Thames Valley force said it had been contacted about ghost stories, Elvis sightings and requests for taxis.
- a man with smelly feet called for an ambulance as the odour was making him feel nauseous.
_ a man at a restaurant who had found a hair in his food .
-in Dubai, recent queries have included whether a certain brand of bottled water is healthy or not, how to check the credit on a mobile phone and advice on where to find a lost dog.
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