KFC crisis prank call wastes time, put lives in danger — U.K. police
A police department in London is appealing to the public to stop calling the 999 emergency hotline for “ridiculous” complaints as it released the audio recording of a call from a man complaining about the KFC crisis.
During the call, the man was simply airing his disappointment that many KFC stores around the U.K. have been shutdown due to distributions issues. The man added that he was forced to go to Burger King because of the limited menu in some of the open KFC outlets.
Superintendent Mark Kenny, who oversees Greater Manchester Police’s call handling team, said that receiving such complaints only a waste of valuable time of the already “overstretched” manpower of the emergency hotline.
Kenny said that prank calls such as KFC crisis put lives in danger, noting that call handlers recieved 74 real emergency calls (during the same period of the man called) that needed police’s full attention.
He added that London police force even have to cope up with various crimes — including an armed robbery, road accident, and civil disturbance — because of the lost time as the result of the prank call.