Hundreds of calls to 999 were not classed as ’emergency’ in just one day (Picture: Getty)
Making fake calls to the police is usually the reserve of childish prankers, but you would hope adults have grown out of it.
Instead of leaving a passive-aggressive review on a restaurant’s website – like any self-respecting Brit – one man actually phoned 999.
The hungry diner called Essex Police to complain about ‘waiting for 30 minutes for his food’.
We’re not sure if he was being serious, or if it was all part of a prank, but the emergency services were far from happy.
Essex Police has now put out a warning to the public over ‘inappropriate’ calls to their 999 crews.
Calls handlers in the Force Control Room (FCR) received more than 480 calls via 101 on Friday.
A further 987 calls were made to Essex Police using 999, but only 237 were actually graded as an emergency.
A number of people phoned the service to abuse them or ask what the time was.
Taking up police time needlessly prevents people in actual emergencies from being able to get the quickest possible response time.
Chief superintendent Stuart Hooper said: ‘I’d like to thank those people who contacted us yesterday through the channel that was most appropriate for their call.
‘By doing so, you are freeing up our call handlers so that they can provide an almost instant response for people who find themselves in a real emergency and need to dial 999.
‘Calling 999 must be a last resort and you should only use this service if you are reporting an emergency that requires an immediate and urgent police response.’
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