Police Shame Crank Callers on YouTube

Losing your glasses or forgetting the answer to a quiz question could hardly be classed as a matter of life or death. But that did not stop some callers in Somerset from hitting 999 (the UK’s version of 000) and berating exasperated emergency operators about their wife’s sub standard salmon sandwiches or their difficulties peeling potatoes. Now Avon and Somerset Police in the UK have turned to YouTube to shame timewasters for tying up a line where delays can cost lives. The force has posted the 999 calls on YouTube and hopes it will help track down hoax callers, who face up to six months in jail and a ¬£5,000 fine in court

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