CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Imagine someone calling 911 because they’re out of toilet paper.
Unfortunately, it’s not a joke — it’s really happening in Calgary.
PLEASE DON'T ❗️
9-1-1, What’s your emergency? ☎️
– “I can’t get through to 8-1-1, do you know a better number?”
– “My neighbours kids are running around making too much noise."
– “What bars are open?”
— Cst. Mark Smith (@CstSmith) March 24, 2020
“It’s disappointing,” said Constable Mark Smith with the Calgary Police Service.
He says most people know when to call 911 but there are some out there who don’t grasp the seriousness of the situation.
“Somebody, I guess they wanted to go and have a couple of drinks, they thought they’d call 911 and ask if we knew what bars are open,” said Smith.
Although callers like that typically get a warning, he says, if it’s warranted, fines can be as high as $5,000 or even $10,000 in some cases.
On top of this, Smith says the emergency line is still getting calls during this crisis from those looking for help from Health Link.
“Some people who have been trying to get through to the Health Link 811, unable to get through, have been calling 911.”
Police want to get the word out that the emergency number is only for emergencies.
If you need COVID-19 advice you can go to the Alberta Health Services website.