On Dec. 30 the Saskatchewan RCMP released their annual list of Reasons Not to Call 911 for 2020.
“We couldn’t leave 2020 behind without naming our ten 9-1-1 calls that “missed the mark” this year. Here are the top ten #ReasonsNotToCall911 of 2020,” the Facebook post stated.
The list was as follows:
1. Suspicious activity – A 9-1-1 caller advised he’d seen the same moose standing in the same spot in a field for two days straight. The caller thought this was a little suspicious and RCMP officers should check it out.
2. Locked up – One concerned animal parent was wondering if her cat was in custody with the local RCMP as the cat went out two days prior and had not returned home.
3. Better programming – A concerned parent called 9-1-1 requesting RCMP officers speak to a popular video streaming service to request they provide better programming for their kids to watch.
4. Directions? – 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call asking for directions to travel from Yorkton, Saskatchewan, to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
5. No where to park – This driver called to let police know they did not know where to park as someone was parked in their assigned stall when they got home.
6. Where’s good to eat – A hungry caller, who was not from the area, called 9-1-1 wanting to know what restaurants were open so they could get a bite to eat.
7. Don’t stop the music – Saskatchewan RCMP 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call from an upset individual who could not find their music playlist on their cell phone.
8. Cold brew – A call was received from a thirsty traveller who had purchased a cup of coffee and was upset it was cold.
9. Pay at the pump – A dispute at a gas station resulted in a call to 9-1-1 dispatchers. A customer was upset with the gas station attendant when they refused to remove the customer's debit card from the debit machine for the customer.
10. Isn’t it ironic – An individual called 9-1-1 to complain they’d received a ticket under the Emergency 911 System Act for calling 9-1-1 with non-emergency calls. They then called 9-1-1 again to dispute the ticket.
The RCMP reminded everyone to remember that calling the police should be reserved for police-related matters only.
“If you have a complaint or have information to report, please contact your local RCMP detachment or police service or call 310-RCMP from anywhere in the province. As always, call 911 if you have a life-threatening emergency.”
Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald