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26 Emergencies That Weren't Actually Emergencies

Calling 999 is for real emergencies, not for when you've found a squirrel.

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It's my hamster. It's got out of its cage. It's gone into the bathroom and it's gone down into the floorboards. Is there any chance anyone could come and help me get it out?

15. When this terrifying incident happened.

A MAN dialled 999 when a cat wandered into his home, police revealed today.

The worried householder phoned police to say that the large moggy had walked through his back door into his kitchen.

The caller, from Gloucester, was politely advised to pick up the cat and remove it from the house.

He was also warned the situation was not an emergency.


The full conversation between the moon caller and police is worth quoting in full

Control Room:: "South Wales Police, what's your emergency?"

Caller: "It's not really. I just need to inform you that across the mountain there's a bright stationary object."

Control Room:: "Right."

Caller: "If you've got a couple of minutes perhaps you could find out what it is? It's been there at least half an hour and it's still there."

Control: "It's been there for half an hour. Right. Is it actually on the mountain or in the sky?"

Caller: "It's in the air."

Control Room:: "I will send someone up there now to check it out."

Caller: "OK."

Then later on when an officer is dispatched...

Control Room:: "Alpha Zulu 20, this object in the sky, did anyone have a look at it?"

Officer: "Yes, it's the moon. Over."

19. When this smell happened.

@_youhadonejob It's all kicking off in my home town too. #PrayForSileby

Middle Aged Gay@_MiddleAgedGay_

@_youhadonejob It's all kicking off in my home town too.


01:42 PM - 11 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite


20. When police investigated Emu.

It's all kicking off in Truro!!!!


24. "I'll get you, cheese burglar!"

. @ajhmurray It's all kicking off in Crouch End #notnews

Nick Henderson@that_nick

. @ajhmurray It's all kicking off in Crouch End #notnews

11:51 AM - 3 Nov 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

25. When Swedish police investigated a domestic disturbance to find... a couple making IKEA furniture.

Toby Melville / Reuters / Via

"Neighbours of a family in western Sweden called the police after hearing banging and screaming inside a nearby apartment, but were surprised to learn that a baby and a set of Ikea instructions were the cause of the commotion."