Having to pee while you’re stuck in traffic might feel like an emergency to you, but by no means is that enough of a reason to dial 9-1-1. Common sense, right? Not for this person, apparently.
Peel Regional Police shared an audio clip of a call placed by someone urgently requesting an ambulance, then quickly changing their answer to police. When the operator asks what their emergency is, the person says, “Actually, the thing is that I have to pee and these guys are not moving.”
“This is your emergency, that you have to pee? How are the police going to help you urinate?” The person struggles to answer the operator’s perfectly valid question, who then says they can’t help them with their problem and disconnects.
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Calling 9-1-1 because you need to use the bathroom and the car ahead isn’t moving fast enough, is definitely #NotFor911.
9-1-1 misuse can potentially prevent someone with a life-threatening emergency from getting help on time. Learn more at https://t.co/7jcGpmW4zL#911Awareness pic.twitter.com/yC2cZz2hqk
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPolice) October 8, 2021
“Calling 9-1-1 because you need to use the bathroom and the car ahead isn’t moving fast enough, is definitely [not for 9-1-1],” Peel Police wrote in the tweet. They also reminded people that calls like this can prevent someone in a life-threatening situation from getting help on time.
Police have a whole list of reasons that warrant 9-1-1 calls, which include things like medical emergencies, attacks, and assaults, crimes in progress, and suspicious activity like vandalism.
The non-emergency line can be used for things like noise complaints, and reporting crimes with no suspects.
For the record, there’s no police hotline for absurd calls like this one, so unless you want to be publicly embarrassed like this person was, don’t bother.
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