A woman has been blasted on social media for phoning 999 as she tried to get help in receiving a spider from her house.
The caller herself even admitted “I’m not even joking” when she said that she needed the police to remove the arachnid.
And the emergency services operator sounded bemused when he said it would not be possible, reported YorkshireLive.
West Yorkshire Police published the audio of the conversation to warn people that the 999 line should only be used for real emergencies.
The woman said: “Hiya, you’re probably gonna go mad at me right but I’ve literally tried ringing everyone and you’re my last hope.
“I need someone to come and get this spider out of my house. It’s absolutely massive and I’m not even joking!”
The call operator responds: “Unfortunately the police wouldn’t be able to come and get a spider out of your house.”
West Yorkshire Police have urged people to not ring 999 unless it’s an emergency as it states they receive “120 calls a day to our 999 line that are not a life or death emergency.”
Social media users have also slammed the woman and agreed that she “should be billed for wasting time,” reports YorkshireLive.
One woman tweeted: “It’s time these people were heavily fined for calls like this.”
Another wrote: “What a silly person she is.”
The Mirror told in September last year how a police force implored people to reconsider whether their situation warrants an urgent response, after revealing some of the most bizarre requests made during 999 calls.
Essex Police then criticised callers who abuse the service, explaining that dealing with time-wasting calls results in delays in responding to people in need of real help.
A few of the non-emergency requests the force had heard from in the past six months included a man who called to complain about being kicked out of a pub.
He reportedly called 999 “repeatedly” and kept asking for pizza, before hanging up.
“The only thing he got delivered to his door were two of our officers who had some stern words of advice,” a spokesperson from the force said.
Another caller was a driver on the M11 who dialled 999 to ask for a police escort because he was late home for dinner.