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An Ice Cream "Emergency"

Jun 04, 2014 -- 4:24am

Normally we say that frivolous 911 calls are a serious problem, because they divert resources away from real emergencies.  But NOT in this case.  If someone ruins your ice cream, that IS a legitimate cause for police intervention.

The police in West Midlands, England released a recording of a 911 call from Monday, where a woman called because she didn't get enough SPRINKLES on her ice cream cone.  (Technically in England it's 999 not 911.)

The woman reported that the guy at the ice cream shop had only put sprinkles on one side of her cone . . . and refused to either even out the sprinkle distribution, OR give her a refund.

The dispatcher explained to the woman that that's not a good enough reason to call . . . the line is only supposed to be for life-or-death emergencies.  But she was nice enough NOT to have her arrested for abusing the system.

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