EMERGENCY calls to report KFC was running out of chicken and a bus driver would not stop whistling were among more than 21,000 timewasting messages received by the Metropolitan police this year.
Between January 1 and November 30, Met handlers took more than 2million 999 calls, but 21,733 of these were unnecessary, the force said.
Scotland Yard yesterday released recordings of seven of their top timewasters, including somebody wishing them a ‘happy New Year’, and another moaning about how long it took for a pub breakfast to be served.
In one call, complaining about a bus driver, a woman said: ‘Everybody’s tired. What if everybody starts whistling or singing on the bus? I don’t really like this because I think they must be respectful.’
Another caller moaned: ‘Basically, KFC have run out of chicken.’
Others complained about a lack of female taxi drivers, the doors of a broken down bus being shut, and an argument with another driver about right of way.
Police have warned the public that time spent dealing with hoax and false calls takes officers away from fighting crime.
Ch Supt David Jackson, in charge of call handling at the Met, said: ‘Whilst some people will find these calls funny, they take away resources at a time that police numbers and funding are stretched, and we must continue to make savings.
‘Imagine if one of your friends or loved ones was in need of the police as quickly as possible and we could not help because we were having to deal with one of these hoax calls. Whilst we do not want to deter people from calling us, we remind you that the use of the 999 system is for emergencies only.’