Woman calls 911 to say she was late for train, asks police for ’emergency ride’

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A 911 call from a woman who was running for a train has prompted police in southern Ontario to remind people that the number is meant for emergencies only.

In audio posted on Twitter by Peel Regional Police on Thursday, the caller says she’s in a taxi on her way to catch a train at Toronto’s Union Station.

When the 911 operator asks the caller wants she wants police to do, the woman asks if they offer “emergency ride services.”

The call, which took place in October, ends when the operator tells the woman that no such service exists.

Const. Akhil Mooken says Peel Regional Police received more than 180,000 improper calls from the start of January to the end of October this year.

He says they included hangups, kids playing on the phone or other non-emergencies.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 21, 2019.

The Canadian Press

5 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe a notice as to what constitutes an emergency needs to be presented to the public. Also please bear in mind that there are many times that people are scared, or anxious when they make a call. Emergencies are subjective to each individual who is calling. Of course foolish calls shouldn’t be made to 911. Personally I see this as Ford is cutting funds to the police. All Ford cares about is cutting funding. So of course there will be a reduction in police officers available to patrol, and be of assistance. So we will basically be on our own.

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