Halifax youth calls 911 to complain about salad
RCMP are issuing a gentle reminder about proper 911 use after a 12-year-old called to express their dislike of salad.
The Mounties say Halifax dispatchers received a call just before 10 p.m. Tuesday from a youth who said their guardian made a salad they didn’t like.
“The child was upset and did not care for what the parent put in the salad, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson.
“As a member was responding, they called back again wondering where the police officer was and that they were very unhappy with what ingredients were in their salad.”
Police say they took the opportunity to speak to the child about what happened and also about when it’s appropriate to call 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,” Hutchinson said in a release Thursday.
Hutchinson said in an interview the incident isn’t isolated and those like it pose a serious risk when emergency responders go to a scene where they aren’t needed.
“Sometimes it takes us to a location out of our coverage area that is at the opposite end of where an actual real emergency call may come in,” he said.