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Old 22 September 2008, 09:07 AM
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that's an old Peter Sellers routine
Sort of. It's from the Goon show, written by Spike Milligan and performed by Michael Bentine and Peter Sellers.

It has also been voted the best joke ever.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...9/ai_n16482339
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Old 12 November 2008, 11:37 PM
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Apparently they already have enough trouble, particulalry with elderly patients, fearing that their emergency calls are a rude imposition on the ambulence service.
My own experience suggests that this is only too true. When I came down with food poisoning I didn't call an ambulance until I was actually passing blood, and even then I felt terribly guilty about it and apologised to them several times. In fact, I still feel vaguely guilty about it, even though the fact that I proceeded to spend three days in hospital on a drip suggests that I made the right call!

Likewise, a friend of mine in severe pain from a kidney stone decided that the best way to get to hospital was to take the tube to London Bridge and walk. The nurse who attended him post-op had difficulty believing that that had been possible. It just never occurred to him that there was another option

Lord, what fools these Brits be...
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Old 16 November 2008, 03:36 PM
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Sort of. It's from the Goon show, written by Spike Milligan and performed by Michael Bentine and Peter Sellers.

It has also been voted the best joke ever.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...9/ai_n16482339
that's kinda what I meant. I first heard it when it was voted best joke, and it was attributed to Sellers in the newspaper here
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Old 15 December 2008, 01:07 PM
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Default MP criticised for 999 boiler call

A London MP has been called "dizzy" for dialling 999 after hearing strange noises from her boiler.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7781379.stm
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Old 15 December 2008, 03:09 PM
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I don't see a problem here other than the person quoted who said she wasted time. The floor was shaking and the boiler was making noises.

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A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: "If it's obvious that there has been an ongoing problem with the boiler, then you can call a plumber.



"But if your boiler suddenly starts making strange noises in the middle of the night, call the fire brigade."
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Old 16 December 2008, 01:05 PM
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Default 999 abusers facing fines for trivial phone calls

A man with smelly feet and a woman with period pains who both dialled 999 for help are among those causing problems for the emergency services.

Call handlers on Teesside also had to deal with a woman who needed prescription glasses for her son and requested an ambulance to go and collect them.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/new...l_phone_calls/
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Old 28 December 2008, 11:43 AM
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A priest dialled 999 when staff at Manchester Airport's WHSmith would not allow him to use the toilet, police have revealed.

It was one of many "frivolous" calls made to Greater Manchester Police (GMP), which dealt with 5,000 emergency reports over Christmas.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...er/7801917.stm
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Old 28 December 2008, 01:13 PM
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Actually, there is no non-emergency contact number to police, fire, etc. You call 911 for everything, and they either transfer you or take a message.
That's quite a blanket statement. In Hampshire you dial 101 for when its "less urgent than 999" as the slogan says.
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Old 28 December 2008, 01:33 PM
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I have asked both the local police and Sheriff's Department what I should do if I need to contact the authorities for something that is not life-or-death but needs prompt attention (e.g. before the next business day at 9) if someone is available. Both told me to call 911 and to immediately state that I do not have a life threatening emergency so they can tell me to go away if need be.

A recent example was early this past summer, when some teenagers were illegally driving "pocket bikes" on the streets, and doing so in a dangerous manner. I waited until the next day at 9 and called the regular police department line. They instructed me to call 911 the next time it happened so someone could be dispatched to look into it.

Bottom line, in some places the appropriate number to call is 911. If you're not sure, it's best to ask.
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Old 28 December 2008, 02:02 PM
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That's quite a blanket statement. In Hampshire you dial 101 for when its "less urgent than 999" as the slogan says.
There's also a non-urgent number here, though I don't recall what it is.
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Old 28 December 2008, 05:30 PM
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I have programed in my cell phone the number for the Desk Sargent at the local police station (about a mile away). I call them when my annoying nieghbors have a loud party that continues after 1:00 a.m. They a little slower than reponding than calling 911. But, they have thanked me for not using 911 for a non-emergency situation.
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Old 29 December 2008, 10:16 PM
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A priest dialled 999 when staff at Manchester Airport's WHSmith would not allow him to use the toilet, police have revealed.
...am I the only one who wants to know more about this one?
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Old 05 March 2009, 03:15 PM
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Default no Mcnuggets= emergency

and another one....
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Woman Says She's 'Embarrassed' By McNugget Meltdown
Fort Pierce Woman Calls 911 3 Times After McDonald's Runs Out Of Nuggets
http://www.wpbf.com/news/18856490/detail.html
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Old 07 March 2009, 01:43 AM
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That's quite a blanket statement. In Hampshire you dial 101 for when its "less urgent than 999" as the slogan says.
There's talk of setting up something like this in Australia.
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Old 07 March 2009, 02:16 AM
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I actually feel kinda sorry for her. I mean, she shouldn't have called 911, but she was trying to handle a situation where they had no right to keep her money. I appreciate that she knew she had no right to jump over the counter and beat someone up, which I'm afraid would be the first response for many people I know. It's not fair to receive death threats or be afraid to show your face in public.
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