June 14 (UPI) — A 12-year-old child from Canada recently called 911 twice after being served a salad.
A Halifax District Royal Canadian Mounted Police release Thursday pointed out that this incident shows how important its is for parents to speak to their children about appropriate use of 911.
“While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages,” Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said. “The improper use of 911 is an issue with all age groups and it ties up valuable resources, preventing emergency first responders from dealing with real emergencies.”
The incident occurred Tuesday in Novia Scotia, Canada, when the child made a call to 911 stating that their guardian made a salad they did not like.
Before police arrived, the child called again to ask when they would be arriving and said again that he did not like the salad.
In other bizarre 911 calls, a 5-year-old from Mississippi, TyLon Pittman called police last Christmas to prevent the Grinch from stealing Christmas after reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The 911 dispatcher got the boy’s father on the phone, who scolded his son, but police still actually came to the home to let the boy know the Grinch wouldn’t steal Christmas.
Also, last December a Florida man called 911 twice to complain about the size of his steamed clam dinner order being “too small.”