‘My dentist chipped my tooth’: The most bizarre 911 calls in one Ontario region

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A police force west of Toronto released a list of frivolous 911 calls, ranging from reports of missing garage door openers to complaints about the efficacy of a car wash

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Jake Edmiston

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A police force west of Toronto released details of a number of ridiculous 911 calls — including a complaint about a dentist and lost house keys — in hopes of curbing a rise in the amount of inappropriate requests to emergency dispatchers.

Peel Regional Police Service — which serves Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon — started the campaign after inappropriate calls to 911 spiked last year, Staff-Sgt. Wayne Patterson said. Of 365,000 calls to 911 in 2017, 131,000 were deemed to be bogus or misdialled or dialled by mischievous children. That’s more than a third, up from 28 per cent in 2016.

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In an attempt at boosting the campaign, Peel police released audio recordings of two particularly strange calls — one about a malfunctioning machine at a laundromat, and another about a bad car wash. Police also released details of some other, equally odd calls to 911. Dispatcher Sandy Hayer confirmed the list was, in fact, real and demonstrative of the type of frivolous calls she and her colleagues field on a regular basis.

Here are eleven of the most ridiculous 911 calls received by Peel police:

– My dentist has chipped my tooth.

– My cat is missing.

– My power is out….

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