You have to wonder what goes through most people’s heads when they decide to call 999. As we often read, it’s rarely because it’s an actual emergency. However, out of all the dickish 999 calls we’ve heard (help my son won’t go to bed, what’s the football score, take away sent the wrong order etc) this one has to be the worst.
A guy in the West Midlands called the police because he claimed the prostitute he had arranged to meet with was ugly and he “wished to report her for breaching the Sale of Goods Act”. No thought to the fact he was a dirty, sex fiend paying for sex, no…an ugly prostitute is the REAL crime.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “A 999 call was received by police at around 7:30pm on Tuesday evening from a man wishing to complain about a sex worker he had met on a hotel car park.
“The caller claimed that the woman had made out she was better looking than she actually was and he wished to report her for breaching the Sale of Goods Act.
“When he raised this issue with the woman concerned, she allegedly took his car keys, ran away from the car and threw them back at him, prompting him to call police.
“An officer in the Solihull contact centre advised the caller that no offences had been committed by the woman and that soliciting for sex was in fact illegal.”
He added: “Despite the man refusing to give his details, police have been able to identify him and have sent him a letter warning him about his actions.
“Wasting police time is a serious offence and carries a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment.”
During the call, the man can be heard to say: “I’ve arranged a meeting with her, but beforehand I’ve asked her for an honest description, otherwise when I get there I’m not going to use her services.
“Basically she has misdescribed herself, misrepresented herself totally.
We’re going to assume this asshat is some kind of Adonis then?
Are we alone in thinking they should name and shame these people? Perhaps if their friends and families knew how ridiculous they were then they’d think twice before picking up the phone?
As well as being Editor here at The Spin Alley, Rachael is also a freelance journalist and blogger covering lifestyle, travel, culture, entertainment, media and online life for online and print publications.