12-Year-Old Didn't Like The Food So He Called Police On His Parents!
When it comes to emergency services, it should be a number that everyone knows how to use and how to use it correctly. Especially children. There had been plenty of stories of young children saving their parents’ lives because they called 911 to ask for help. Yet, there had been plenty of stories of kids misusing the emergency service number and pair this with a really vindicative child who does not like what has been offered to them for dinner and you have a rather unusual yet amusing story on your hands. What exactly happened that made the kid call 911? How did the police react? And in what other ways have children misused the emergency number? Read on to find out!
Kids And Their Likes and Dislikes
Most people that have kids would agree that at times it is really difficult to prepare a meal for a child due to them being picky eaters. And usually the food they would happily munch on, would not necessarily be the healthy option. Of course, parents want their children to have a healthy and well-balanced diet and at times that proves to be a rather difficult task. Yet the parents of a 12-year-old boy in Halifax, Nova Scotia would soon find out just how much their child was adamant against eating some healthy food. But just what exactly happened? Read on to find out.
The 911 Call
What do most kids do when they’re served with something they really don’t like to eat? Well, the usual reactions include throwing tantrums, refusing to eat, feeding it to the family dog, or just sitting there until the parents cave in and either give them something else or let them leave the table. But this one boy in Canada, hated salad so much that he called 911 to tell them just how much he disliked the salad that his parents had made for him. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, when the unnamed 12-year-old called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the responder actually decided to send officers to his house not to investigate the salad but to teach the boy a lesson about when it is and isn’t appropriate to call 911.
Too Long Of A Wait Time
It was not revealed exactly whether the boy had asked for officers to be sent to his house originally or just wanted to complain about the meal his parents decided to serve him, though it seemed he had no objections about officers being sent over to his house to deal with this ‘emergency’. However, as it seemed, he was unhappy with how long it was taking the officers to arrive at his address and so he decided to call 911 again, to ask when the officers would arrive and once against point out just how much he disliked the salad. But just how did the authorities react to that? Find out on the next page.
It wasn’t long after the second call that the police officers that were sent to the address responded and they spoke with the 12-year-old about the proper way to use the emergency number. When the media picked up the story, reporters were curious to find out what kind of a salad it was that had prompted such an extreme reaction from the boy but RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson that spoke with them was unable to provide specific details. He also did not reveal how the boy’s parents handled the situation, though surely they weren’t too thrilled by their son’s antics.
Fine For Wrongly Using 911?
However, the incident did make the police release a statement to their social media, reminding parents to have discussions with their children about the proper way to use 911. Though in it they stated that such improper use of the emergency number was an issue with all age groups, not just children, adding that it ties up valuable resources, preventing emergency first responders from dealing with real emergencies. When speaking with the reporters Hutchins revealed that those two calls were enough to result in an approximately $500 fine but they decided not to fine the kid due to his age and they hoped that the discussion the officers had with him “created an opportunity for the boy to learn something from this”.
Other Issues In The Area
Though in that interview, Hutchins also took the opportunity to showcase to the public what kind of calls the emergency services in their area received. As one example he talked about a 911 call from a person who was unable to find their TV remote and yet another from a disgruntled parent who was upset that their child got a haircut that they didn’t like. Though he did not go to elaborate as to whether those people were fined or not.
Fines In The USA
The fines for misuse in the USA are also quite hefty. However, it differs from state to state. In Virginia, for example, the state’s penal code calls 911 abuse a “class 1 misdemeanor” which could be punishable by up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine, or even both. In California, on the other hand, calling 911 without a valid reason to do so, may lead to a $1,000 fine, 6 months in jail, or both. Nearly all cases of wrongful 911 calls that are prosecuted stem from clear violations. An extreme example of such a clear violation was when a Florida man in 2003 was arrested after calling 911 more than 900 times without a clear reason.
Kid Calls FBI
There had been many reasons as to why kids wrongly call 911 and many who had done so in the past, or even emergency dispatchers take to social media to share the stories of some absurd calls. One person spoke of a call they made when they were 11 years old. They might not have called a 911 dispatcher but the FBI themselves and all because they thought they had information about a serial killer, which in reality they didn’t. When an FBI agent picked up, they got spooked and hung up. Of course, the agent called back, it was around 2 a.m and their mom answered and what she heard was “Hello this is Special Agent Kim with the FBI and I believe your son just called us.” As you can imagine, their parents weren’t too pleased about that.
Important Kids Know What To Do In An Emergency
While most parents hope that a moment when a child is forced to call 911 never happens yet it is important for them to know that should something like that did occur, they would know what to do, what numbers to call and what to say. After seeing a news story about a toddler who saved his mother’s life by calling the emergency services when she collapsed one Reddit user decided that it would be a good idea to teach her child what to do in case of emergency. And not even 5 minutes after, she had two police officers knocking at her door after her kid decided to get some practical experience in the matter.
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