A 12-year-old boy called 911 twice to complain after his parents served him salad.

Police issued a reminder about the proper use of 911 after a 12-year-old called to express his dislike of salad.

Emergency dispatchers in the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia received a call just before 10 p.m. from the child to vent his anger at the food, shares Daily Mail.

‘The child was upset and did not care for what the parent put in the salad,’ said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, who explained officers are obliged to respond to every 911 call.


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The officer said that before police could speak to the boy he ‘called back again wondering where the police officer was’ and that he was ‘very unhappy with what ingredients were in their salad’.

Hutchinson said the boy’s parents ‘were not impressed’ with what their son had done when police arrived at their door, CTV reported.

Given his age and the discussion officers had with him over the correct use of 911, Hutchinson said police will not fine the boy.

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‘Hopefully, this will be a learning lesson – it created an opportunity for him to learn something from this,’ the officer said.

‘While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages.’

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  • Hopefully he learnt a lesson. Can still see the funny side of it though. Luckily my sons haven’t had to call the police for any reason.

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  • Whow, I bet he got in trouble afterwards! A bit of a chuckle though in private I expect.

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  • I bet he got in trouble with his parents later.

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  • LOL it’s kind of funny in a warped sort of way. I’d kill my kid if they ever did that, but then again, I don’t think they would ever think that it would be okay to do that in the first place.

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  • Wow, why did a 12-year-old think it was okay to call Police over such a thing?

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  • Here I am wondering why the kid’s eating at nearly 10pm??? What on earth could he possibly have on that doesn’t allow him to eat earlier than that???

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  • Oh no, that must have been embarrassing for the parents. When my brother and I were young mum took me to the shops and dad was home with my brother. He was sleeping and dad pooped outside to see the neighbour. My brother woke and called the police because he was the only one home. Mum was so peeved

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  • The food must have been really horrible

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  • My cooking must be better than I thought. No-one has called 000 to complain as far as I know.

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  • At that age he should have known better. I thought it was going to be a lot younger than that

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  • I can quite imagine his parents were unhappy!

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  • My son doesn’t even know how to use a phone. Didn’t they notice he was calling the police?

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  • This is pretty funny however quite serious too in blocking up an emergency line.

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  • Wonder if this boy had a disability or a disorder ? A ‘normal’ 12year old boy should know the correct use of 911. My son is 12yr old and he would never think about calling the police for such a thing. Glad the police had the time & patience to teach this boy about the correct use of 911.

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  • maybe he needs to learn what an emergency really is, he probably thought it was an emergency and was going to starve, but seriously he needs to be taught the proper us and so do millions of adults

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