Your missing a meeting is NOT a freaking emergency. Woman calls 911 for ’emergency ride service’ after taxi fails to show. And while this is Toronto, do you think it is any better in New York?
She was told to call another cab.
While most people would chuckle and simply shake their heads, police say these types of calls tie up valuable resources and actually increases the risk of public safety.
“It delays the response time for police, firefighters, paramedics to attend actual emergencies,” adds Const. Sarah Patten.
Const. Akhil Mooken says police received more than 180,000 improper calls from the start of January to the end of October this year.
Those 180,000 calls have to be answered by people who should be dealing with violent crimes, fires or medical emergencies.
The quote that forms the title to this post is from the novel Time Enough for Love, by Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1973.