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999 for everything you need!

December 20, 2006
All you emergency service workers out there will already know that the 999* system is abused constantly by those people who are hard of thinking.

Just in case anyone had forgotten that the 999 number is for emergency calls only, West Midlands Police have issued a press release that indicates that 55% of calls received at the emergency switchboard are either misdirected, hoaxes or not genuine emergencies.

If you want proof that some people should be banned from owning or using a telephone, then listen to these.

Car

Television

Hedgehog

Cigarettes

And people wonder why they can’t get through in a genuine emergency.


*equivalent to 112 in Europe or 911 in the US

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Annette permalink
    December 20, 2006 21:53

    I must admit that listening to that was funny.

    However, the last one about the cigarrettes, If anyone had taken away my ciggies….they would be dead…and then you would have had to come out on an emergency. Not for me but for the person who had taken them!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    December 21, 2006 06:23

    Just a query, I’ve been told that 112 works from mobiles in the UK, which at last time of checking, was still part of Europe – have I missed a referendum or a continental drift? Don’t want to abuse the service by dialling 112 to see if it works, but would like to know – any answers?
    j

  3. Metplod permalink
    December 21, 2006 10:13

    112 works from landlines and mobiles – it has for the last 8 years (parallel running).

    £80 PND for wasting Police time for all 4 of the callers?

  4. PC South West permalink
    December 21, 2006 20:46

    Shocking but no surprise. Total pond life!

  5. Ben permalink
    December 22, 2006 12:39

    Unbelievable, I had no idea the public were so dumb …

  6. busybizzie permalink
    December 27, 2006 00:07

    The scary thing is I’ve a horrible feeling I might get sent to the last one which would be created as a domestic, positive action would be required so one of them would have to come in. Probably him for theft of the cigarettes.
    Aint life sweet.

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