When a woman calls police over ice cream in the UK and the news makes it to the U.S., that’s an ice cream story worth reading.
Apparently, a woman was arguing with the owner of an ice cream van because the number of sprinkles on her chilly treat wasn’t appropriate. According to Yahoo! 7 News, the woman was upset because the sprinkles were only on one side of her ice cream, and, after starting an argument with the man who was responsible, she called the West Midlands Police to help sort out the problem.
The woman called the emergency police line and said the following:
“It doesn’t seem like much of an emergency but it is a little bit because I’ve ordered an ice-cream and he’s put bits on one side and none on the other. He’s refusing to give me my money back and saying that I’ve got to take it like that.”
It’s hard to imagine a woman calling police over an ice cream, but that’s exactly what happened. It’s unclear why the woman was so frustrated about her order or why the owner wouldn’t just add on more sprinkles, but things escalated quickly. It is unclear what happened in the case or if the woman was reprimanded for using the emergency line for a non-emergency call. Some people in the area have been misusing the 999 number (equivalent to 911 in The States).
Chief Superintendent Jim Andronov said:
“If someone is trying to get through to report a genuine life or death emergency, then a minute is a very long time to wait. I cannot stress enough that the 999 number is for emergencies only.”
Aside from a woman calling police over her ice cream woes, about 1,500 people call 999 on a daily basis. According to Birmingham Mail, 10 to 20 percent of these calls are not even police matters while an additional 50 percent are not emergencies.
It is possible that the woman who called police over her ice cream debacle got a chuckle out of cops after the fact, but that doesn’t change the importance of using the 999 line for emergencies only. Police do have senses of humor though: recently police in Massachusetts had some of their electronic signs read “Use Yah Blinkah” to not only get folks to laugh but to get them to use their turn signals when changing lanes, The Inquisitr reported.
It’s doubtful that anyone called 911 over the misspelling of the words.
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