December 28, 2008

U.K. police: Christmas crank calls no joke

Police in Manchester, England, say Christmas calls to the 999 emergency line proved that too many people abuse the system with frivolous and crank calls.

The Greater Manchester Police told The Sunday Telegraph that of the 5 million calls placed to 999, a significant portion were unnecessary and included complaints about pizza orders and requests for cell phone numbers.

The newspaper said Sunday that a priest called to complain that the staff at a restaurant wouldn't allow him to use the restroom while another chap claimed that Santa was trying to break into his house.

Although the calls may have been good for a laugh, police said tying up 999 was no joke and they appealed to the public to think before dialing on New Year's Eve.