independent.co.uk – An audio recording of a “ridiculous” 999 call from a man disappointed his local branch of KFC had closed has been released by police in Manchester in an effort to draw attention to time wasting calls.
It is the second time the police have made a public appeal to stop people calling to report the issue.
The shortage apparently prompted some members of the public to resort to calling the emergency services.
Last week,, Tower Hamlets Metropolitan Police Service in London tweeted: “Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis – it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire.”
Police said this behaviour was “putting lives at risk by keeping call handlers from answering real emergencies”.
In the latest example of time wasting, the man can be heard saying: “I’ve got an emergency here.”
“Right,” replies the call handler, “whereabouts are you please?”
“I’m at home actually,” the man says, before adding: “I don’t know how you feel about this but KFC is closed and I’m entirely not happy. I have to go to Burger King now.”
The operator then asks if he is “taking the mick”, before telling him the closure is not a police matter and that she is clearing the line.
Superintendent Mark Kenny, who oversees Greater Manchester Police’s call handling team, said: “While some will think this is a harmless prank or joke I want to reiterate the severity of this – we had 74 calls to 999 and 154 to 101 during the hour this came in, all of which needed our full attention.
“Our hard working call handlers answered all but one of the emergency calls but 21 non-emergencies went unanswered. It’s not a stretch to say that, had this man not selfishly called for such a ridiculous reason, we would have been able to help more people who had a real reason to pick up the phone during that time.
Look man there MAY be more important and more urgent phone calls to the police but I’ll be DAMNED if a chicken and gravy shortage isn’t an emergency people. I don’t even fuck with KFC like that anymore but every time I read one of these headlines I get stressed out and my forehead starts to get the little beads of sweat.