Another day and another story surfaces about someone who was clearly AWOL when the common sense pills were being handed out.
Just how anyone can come to the conclusion that their Facebook not working constitutes an emergency call being made to the police remains a complete mystery to anyone with an ounce of common sense.
And whilst people with genuine emergencies who just happened to make a 999 call at the same time as this individual might have been on hold, police control room staff had to waste their time educating this caller.
The details of this particular call were shared by Derbyshire Police Contact Centre.
A spokesperson for the team said:
‘Male has reported that his Facebook is not working properly!!!
‘Not only is this NOT a police matter AT ALL,
Whenever details of time-wasting 999 calls such as this one come to light, the question always gets asked regarding how should these time wasters be dealt with?
Some people will say that the person responsible for this call should be banned from ever being able to use the 999 system again for the rest of his natural life.
Others will say that the individuals who are responsible for these type of time-wasting calls should be fined.
Some will even call for these time wasters to be sent to prison!
Maybe the answer is to let these time-wasters spend a few hours in a police control room so that they can truly understand what is and, more importantly, what isn’t an emergency call.
I am sure that it would not be long before a 999 call is made by someone who is in genuine need of urgent police assistance.
For example, maybe if these time wasters listened to a ‘live’ call being made by someone who has woken up in the middle of the night because they can hear knife-wielding intruders in their home, then they would never make an unnecessary 999 call again.
I don’t think we will truly ever understand the mindset of someone who dials 999 for reasons which defy any notion of common sense.
Unfortunately, these types of calls are not uncommon.
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