Woman Calls Police Over Ice Cream
June 4, 2014 by staff
Woman Calls Police Over Ice Cream, A disgruntled customer called 999 to complain about the distribution of sprinkles on her ice cream. As the audio only clip above shows, the woman dialled the emergency number to report the ice cream vendor for refusing to give her a refund on Monday.
“Hello, I’m sorry to ring and it doesn’t seem that much of an emergency but it is a little bit,” the woman, who has not been named, is heard saying on the recording released by West Midlands Police.
“I am at an ice cream van and I’ve ordered an ice cream and the person has basically given me ice cream and he has put bits on one side and not on the other and I’ve said can you do it properly please.”
Hardly pausing for breath, the woman then explains the ice cream vendor won’t add more sprinkles.
“I’ve said OK fine then can I have my money back, you can keep the ice cream,” she adds. “He’s refusing to give me my money back saying that I have got to take it like that.”
The patient operator is then heard explaining that the situation is not a police matter but a civil one and tells the woman to talk to Citizens Advice or Trading Standards.
Urging people to use emergency number properly, Chief Superintendent Jim Andronov, head of the force’s Contact Centre, said: “It might not sound like much but, 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.”
This bizarre 999 call is not the only one to hit the headlines. In January a drunk Manchester United fan called police and demanded to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson over the Reds’ defeat in the League Cup.
Other trivial calls have included a spider in the bath and a boy reporting his grandfather for serving him fish fingers for tea instead of chicken nuggets.
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