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Essex: Man called 999 to lament about waiting 30 minutes for his pizza

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Hundreds of calls to 999 were not classified as ’emergency’ in just one day (Picture: Getty)

Making a fake call to the police is usually a storehouse of childish pranks, but you’d expect adults to have grown out of it.

Instead of leaving a passive-aggressive review on a restaurant’s website — like any self-respecting Brit — one person actually called 999.

Hungry eater called Essex police to complain ‘wait 30 minutes for his meal’.

We’re not sure if he was serious, or it was all part of a prank, but emergency services weren’t happy.

Essex Police have now warned the public over ‘inappropriate’ calls to its 999 employees.

The call handlers at the Force Control Room (FCR) received more than 480 calls Friday through 101.

A further 987 calls were made to Essex Police using 999, but only 237 were actually classified as an emergency.

Many people called the service to abuse him or ask what time it was.

Taking police time unnecessarily prevents people from being able to have the quickest possible response time in a real emergency.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper said: ‘I want to thank the people who contacted us yesterday via the channel that best suited their call.

‘By doing this, you are freeing up our call handlers so that they can provide almost immediate response for those who find themselves in a real emergency and need to dial 999.

‘Calling 999 should be a last resort and you should use this service only if you are reporting an emergency that requires immediate and immediate police response.’

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