The police emergency hotline should be used only in cases of real emergencies and should not be abused in any way by the public. This is a valuable lesson the Police Department in Greater Manchester, UK wants to teach the general public. Lately the police force in Greater Manchester began publicly disclosing some of the wackiest and truly bizarre “emergencies” they had to deal with over the phone. From people calling the police over a lost cat to people calling to report a pair of stolen pants, wasting the emergency dispatcher’s time is a serious problem.
The most recent from the list of “pointless emergency calls” is the one a guy in a serious “academic predicament”. Recently the police department received a call from an individual who was locked up inside the Manchester University bathroom. The guy told the police he entered the university bathrooms where he sat on a toilet inside a cubicle around 9 p.m. only to wake up at 7 a.m the next day, all alone and locked up. When the police made the effort to send officers to help out the guy in distress he made another call. This time he informed the authorities he had found a way out and was already walking home. All in all calls like these are a serious waste of taxpayers money and should be by any means avoided.