“Okay, unfortunately I can’t give you that number, okay, because this is 911, sir. 911 is for life and death emergencies only.”
A request for a number for a local tire dealership is just one example of a call to 911 in B.C. that wasted dispatchers’ valuable time.
E-Comm has released its annual list of the top-ten reasons NOT to call the emergency number.
Other calls were for a roommate using a toothbrush, a coffee shop refusing to give refills, and someone needing help getting a basketball out of a tree.
The 911 dispatch service is using the list of ridiculous requests to highlight the fact it is NOT an information hotline.
Spokesperson Jody Robertson says when people call 911 for information, they take away resources from other people who may desperately need help.
Top Ten Reasons not to call 911:
1. Requesting the number for a local tire dealership.
2. Reporting an issue with a vending machine.
3. Asking for the non-emergency line.
4. Because a car is parked too close to theirs.
5. “My son won’t put his seatbelt on.”
6. Coffee shop is refusing to refill coffee.
7. Asking if it’s okay to park on the street.
8. “My roommate used my toothbrush.”
9. Asking for help getting a basketball out of a tree.
10. Reporting that their building’s air system is too loud and they can’t sleep.