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Who do you call to complain about restaurant service? Not 911

Make sure your 9-1-1 call doesn't match one of the items on this list.
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December 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

When 911 responders answer a call, they expect to hear reports of stolen vehicles, robberies, life-threatening injuries, and other critical events. They don't expect to hear about missing jackets, daylight savings time, or windshield wipers that no longer work.

But for people who don't know what constitutes an appropriate 911 call, the folks who answer those calls have released their annual list of inappropriate uses of the emergency line.

E-Comm, B.C.'s biggest 911 centre, released its 2018 top 10 list of "emergencies" that don't merit a 911 call.

List items included complaints about fast food restaurants not being open 24-hours-a-day, stores refusing to accept shoe returns without the original box, restaurants that don't redeem coupons, and gas attendants who put the wrong kind of gas in cars.

Personal calls such as asking for help turning off car lights were also on the list.

While the top 10 list is a humourous collection of absurd calls, E-Comm also reminds the public that frivolous calls can take crucial time away from important emergencies. 911 should be used exclusively for police, medical, or fire emergencies.

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