Attention all Canadians: There is a very serious emergency in Newfoundland.
A woman’s pizza didn’t have enough cheese on it.
We know it might not sound like much, but the situation was apparently enough to warrant a 911 call, according to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
"Sir, please do not call police to complain that your pizza did not have enough cheese on it." <— legit 😳 …Tales from our 'Comm Center.'
— RNC (Police) (@RNC_PoliceNL) June 17, 2016
“The individual had an issue with the company she bought the pizza from, and there wasn’t enough cheese, and had approached the company and didn’t like whatever response they had given,” Const. Geoff Higdon told the Canadian Press.
Police eventually told the woman that she would have to take up the issue with the store’s manager. And while these bizarre 911 calls might seem comical, they’re actually a fairly common problem. We’ve reported on a woman in Ohio who dialed 9-1-1 because the Chinese food she ordered was “not up to par“.
In December, British Columbia’s largest 911 call centre, E-Comm911, also released a list of the top 10 reasons to not call 911–a direct response to so many unwarranted “emergencies”. Some of them include “pizza not fresh, wants a replacement slice”, “Is today a stat holiday?” and our personal favourite: “Wi-Fi at a local coffee shop isn’t working”.
“Even if the reason for the call seems absurd on the surface, 9-1-1 call-takers need to take time to determine exactly what’s going on and whether someone genuinely needs help. Calls about internet access and cold food are a serious drain on emergency resources,” E-Comm spokesperson Jody Robertson said.
So remember folks, 911 is for emergencies only. Which means either a life-threatening situation or a crime in progress.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t include cheese-less pizzas.