Lack of milk, a plugged bath and a hostile cat make Sask. RCMP's list of worst calls to 911 in 2022

One 911 caller was low on milk and asked police to pick up the dairy product and drop it off, Saskatchewan RCMP say. They note such calls are not the purpose of emergency services. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press - image credit)
One 911 caller was low on milk and asked police to pick up the dairy product and drop it off, Saskatchewan RCMP say. They note such calls are not the purpose of emergency services. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press - image credit)

If you've ever run out of milk and considered asking the Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police to be your grocery-getters, you may want to reconsider.

The RCMP said that request was one of 10 calls to 911 dispatchers in 2022 that made the police service's annual "missed the mark" list.

"We release the list to raise awareness about the misuse of 911, which can possibly delay someone experiencing a life-threatening emergency from getting help." says Lee Rosin, a recruiter and training facilitator for the Saskatchewan RCMP operational communication centre, or OCC — the call centre that handles 911 calls from residents across Saskatchewan.

"Every moment that we are spending speaking with someone who is complaining about their shopping experience or wanting to prank call 911 is time that call-takers and officers could have been helping someone in a life-threatening situation," Rosin said in a Thursday RCMP news release.

Here are the 10 calls that RCMP say "missed the mark" last year (along with the police service's own "punny" headlines).

Memory lane

"A caller asked OCC operators if they knew the name of the polite RCMP officer who had served in their community," the RCMP news release said.

"The caller was hoping for an update to see how the officer's family was doing. While well-meaning, this certainly would not be considered an emergency."

Hold please

Dispatchers "received a call from a person who didn't want to be on hold after being told they needed to pick up paperwork at their local RCMP detachment."

Bad luck

"A caller advised OCC operators they had swallowed a mosquito, choked and lost their dentures, leaving them unable to eat supper."

You rang?

"An individual advised they needed assistance deleting a voicemail off their phone."

This is not a prank hotline

"An individual called 911 to advise there was a cougar on the loose in their city. When the call-taker asked for details about the cougar, the caller laughed and said the cougar's name was 'Cindy.'

"The misuse of 911 can potentially delay someone experiencing a life-threatening emergency from getting help. Before dialing 911, please remember that calling the police should be reserved for police-related matters only and calling 911 should be reserved for life-threatening emergencies only."

Takeout troubles

"A caller advised they purchased $65 worth of fast food, only to find their roommate ate the order. The caller requested an RCMP officer come and sort out the disagreement."

Here, kitty kitty

"A concerned individual called about a hostile cat and asked an RCMP officer to bring it to the local animal shelter for them."

Can we talk a-boot it?

"A dispute at a clothing store resulted in a call to 911. A customer was very upset with the manager of the store, who refused to accept the return of already-worn winter boots."

Got milk?

"A caller advised they were out of milk and requested RCMP officers pick some up for them."

Scrub-a-dub-dub

"A concerned individual called 911 to advise their bathtub drain was clogged and the water wouldn't go down."