Perhaps some BC residents need a refresher on what an actual emergency is.
E-Comm, British Columbia’s emergency communication services, has released their list of the most ridiculous 9-1-1 calls of 2018.
This year’s ranking includes complaints about the operating hours for fast food restaurants, faulty windshield wipers, and reports of lost jackets.
The list, although laughable, comes with a reminder for residents to not tie up lifelines.
Heather Andrews, an E-Comm call taker, handled the number one call on this year’s list. She explains that the time spent listening to complaints is time taken away from helping those with real-life safety issues.
“This type of call ties up our ability to help people with real emergencies,” said Andrews. “Dealing with a complaint about the opening hours of a restaurant is a call that doesn’t belong on 9-1-1.”
Here are EComm’s top 10 ridiculous 9-1-1 calls of 2018:
1. To complain a local fast food restaurant wasn’t open 24-hours-a-day, as advertised
2. To complain a store won’t take shoes back without the original box
3. To complain that a gas station attendant put the wrong type of gas in their car
4. To report a rental company provided the wrong-sized vehicle for a customer’s reservation
5. To report a restaurant wouldn’t redeem a customer’s coupon
6. To ask for help turning off their car lights
7. To report their vehicle’s windshield wipers had stopped working
8. To find out where their car had been towed
9. To report a lost jacket
10. To ask if the clocks move forward or backward during the spring time change