Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

In Japan, Frivolous calls clog emergency lines

I thought the problem of idiots calling the emergency phone lines with stupid questions was limited to the United States. Well, apparently it is a problem in Japan too.

A recent article in the Daily Yomiuri Online stated that frivolous calls to emergency lines increased to 950,000 in 2007. Below is a paragraph from the article:

In one such case, a person called police in Yamaguchi Prefecture to ask them to get someone's phone number. In Kyushu, a person called to complain they were unable to turn on their new mobile phone. In Saitama Prefecture, a caller asked police to bring toilet paper as they were stuck in a public toilet without any paper. And in Shiga Prefecture, a person called to ask whether the police could help them get a job.

I agree these are some pretty frivolous calls. Except for the one where the caller asked the police to bring toilet paper as they were stuck in a public toilet without any paper. If you ask me, that is a true emergency.

2 comments:

  1. People do these things wherever you go, I guess.

    I used to play a lot of ice hockey in So Cal, myself. Mostly at Glacial Gardens and Disney Ice in Anaheim.

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by 7:10.

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  2. Billywest

    Yes, there are idiots everywhere I guess.

    I played ice hockey in Burbank as well as Culver City, Van Nuys, Norwalk and Pasadena but I never got down to Orange County.

    Thanks for the comment.

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