Woman dials 999 in row over ice cream sprinkles
The woman called West Midlands Police saying it was a 'bit of an emergency' as she only had sprinkles on one side of her ice cream
Police have released a recording of a woman who dialled 999 to request help in a row over the number of sprinkles on an ice cream.
The caller, who was not named by West Midlands Police, contacted emergency operators yesterday while arguing with the owner of an ice cream van.
During a minute-long call, the indignant woman told the operator: ''It doesn't seem like much of an emergency but it is a little bit because I've ordered an ice cream and he's put bits on one side and none of the other.
''He's refusing to give me my money back and saying that I've got to take it like that.''
Urging the public not to misuse the 999 system, Chief Superintendent Jim Andronov said: ''If someone is trying to get through to report a genuine life or death emergency, then a minute is a very long time to wait.
''I cannot stress enough that the 999 number is for emergencies only.''
Police forces often shame callers who clog up the emergency number with ridiculous calls.
In April, Police Scotland revealed a list of strange 999 calls, including a man who wanted two seagulls charged with a breach of the peace, a woman who was scared of foxes and a Christmas cook who wanted to know how long his turkey would take.
Last year, West Midlands Police ran a 24-hour tweetathon to highlight abuse of the emergency line which revealed that they had been called by a man who was having trouble being served at McDonald's, while another called for advice about retrieving a laptop password.