Do not call 911 because of a household toilet paper shortage – especially in the midst of a pandemic.
As obvious as that might be to some, it wasn’t to one Calgary resident who phoned in their complaint to an emergency dispatcher.
Constable Mark Smith with the Calgary Police Service told 660 News that there have been a handful of phone calls indicating that there are still a number of people who don’t understand the gravity of the current situation.
“Somebody, I guess they wanted to go and have a couple drinks, they thought they’d call 911 and ask if we knew what bars are open,” he said, referencing another example of a call.
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
Smith said that in most cases callers typically get a warning, but fines for this behaviour can be as high as five to ten thousand dollars.
In addition to reminding residents that 911 is for emergencies only, police have suggested that those who have questions related to COVID-19 should use the Alberta Health Services website.