Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Emergency calls

Sitting at home watching A Current Affair which is on after the local news as I check email, Twitter etc. (Blushing. I can't believe I'm admitting to watching this dreck).

There's a story on prank callers to emergency services - ie "000" - which is the number you call, in Australia, for emergency access to police, fire and ambulance services.

And yes, of course the people who ring up when they're drunk, or stupid, or kids having a lark should be punished for tying up the lines, however one example caught my ear tonight - a lady (clearly drunk) ringing up to say that the local Dominos pizza place wouldn't give her a small pizza until she handed over $30 (which is much more than a small pizza should cost).

Which got me thinking. Why is it legal for Dominos (or any business) to ring 000 if the lady walks out without paying for a pizza whereas people (who pay for emergency services) don't seem to have the right when they've got the same grievance against a business?

Photo:  Dunechaser

1 comment:

  1. 000 is for emergencies. A customer failing to pay is NOT an emergency. The regular police number should used instead.