People call the cops because a site is down? Is it April 1st?
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Some people call emergency numbers for the daftest things, maybe they think Google runs the numbers now:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-28589972 (Where's the late night chemist at?)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28408175 (There's a fly in my ear!) - this one has a fair list
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-25560444 (I'm in the supermarket!)
Also see the related stories off those links for more...
So that's why I saw a large group of tweenage girls crying hysterically, prodding and shaking their mobile phones, screaming that their lives were at an end, accosting passerby demanding they check to see if they had a mobile signal.....
If only Facebook were online, I would have posted the video.....
The kind of people who don't know what to do when McDonalds or their favourite fast food restaurant is closed. Saw a video where some fried chicken place had run out of chicken and people were up in arms complaining that their kids were going to starve, that they didnt know what to do and how would they eat?!
"People call the cops because a site is down? Is it April 1st?"
This is the inevitable end-game of health and safety law.
We need to return to a system of allowing the stupid to die off before breeding, rather than coddle them throughout an artificially extended existence, in which they achieve nothing other than slowing the herd.
Joke icon over there --> only I'm not wholly sure I'm joking....
"for those of you not old enough to understand the reference
Before I paste that link into an address bar, I'm going to warn you that if it isn't a link to something relating to Why Don't You, I'm going to hunt you down and feed you to a very hungry gerbil. (I don't actually have a gerbil,hungry or otherwise, but I'll find one when I need to).
[Nine minutes later...]
Hmm. I used to be a little put out by the implied irony:
"Why Don't You Turn Off The Television And Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead .....
.... After You Have Watched This Television Programme Telling You What That Should Be"
(but, yes, it was still good)
Was that the one with Doctor What - a fairly transparent but more educational rip off of Doctor Who?
Nothing to do with FB - it's just that moronic 'murrican entitlement. Something bad happened to me? There MUST be someone responsible! Sue someone! Something public stopped being available? Call the cops and complain - the very fabric of society is clearly unravelling!
" I hope that they all got fined for misuse of emergency services."
I always thought they were, in the UK, but seeing those numerous examples in the press, and on YouTube etc. it doesn't seem that they are.
Remember some of the UK cases (I''m sure you can find them by Googling) :
- Woman complains someone has stolen her snowman.
- Woman complains she's run out of fags
- Man reports strange object in the sky - turns out it was the moon...
- Woman complains that her husband is hogging the TV remote ...
While some people clearly have a too low threshold for calling emergency numbers*, that is not something that holds for everybody. The last thing they want is for people to contemplate over if their issue is serious enough to call for help. Instead they inform the public on occasion or with repeat offenders they have a talk. I think they will go to pretty long lengths to avoid the headline "Called the police for help, got fined".
*We got separate numbers for police, fire and medical.
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