Halifax youth calls 911 to com­plain about salad

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

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.

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