There are many scenarios which can constitute a life-of-death emergency necessitating the immediate presence of the police, but not getting a refund for a product that you purchased online is definitely not one of them.
But police staff working at West Yorkshire Police’s contact centre had to answer a 999 call being made by someone who seemed to think that the police should attend their location on blues-and-twos for this very reason.
A tweet shared on the @WYP_Contact twitter account said:
“I’ve just taken a call on the 999 line from someone stating that Amazon wouldn’t give them a refund for an item.
“This is absolutely not a 999 call”.
The mind boggles as to just how anyone could come to the conclusion that, in the event of being refused a refund from the worlds largest online retailer, then the police should immediately be called via 999.
Did the ‘complainant’ really think that the police would come rushing around to their address for such a non-police related matter?
Calls like this one not only wastes the time of the emergency services, but they can also put peoples lives at risk who might actually be in need of immediate help.
Don’t forget to join our online community – CLICK HERE to join our Facebook group that is open to everyone!
Before you go...
We need your help. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories & videos which are free from the negative bias which is often directed at the emergency services & NHS by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' back in 2018 was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services & NHS which seemed only ever to highlight negative aspects of the job.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of you, our readers.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.