For many kids, eating fruits and vegetables is akin to torture. So when a 12-year-old boy from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was forced to eat salad for dinner, he escaped just long enough to call 911 and alert authorities.
According to CBC News, the boy called the police to inform them that he didn’t like the salad his parents were trying to make him eat. Unfortunately, at least for him, being served a salad is not a crime in Canada ⏤ or anywhere else in the world, for that matter ⏤ and the police took no action. But the kid refused to let this crime against his taste buds stand; he called the cops again to let them know how much he really hated the salad.
This time, he got their attention. Local officers showed up at his door, but again, unfortunately for him, they weren’t there to confiscate the salad or arrest his parents. They came to talk to him about the dangers of calling 911 when it’s not a real emergency.
“While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages,” said RCMP Corporal Dal Hutchinson. “The improper use of 911 is an issue with all age groups and it ties up valuable resources, preventing emergency first responders from dealing with real emergencies.”
Lucky for the kid, the officers decided a warning was sufficient punishment. They didn’t issue the family the $697.50 fine for making false 911 calls.