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Ambulance service released call of woman who called emergency number to ask advice about cracked egg in her fridge

By Alexis Bell 2:05 PM January 25, 2018
Cracked egg (illustration)

A woman called the UK’s emergency number to ask advice about a cracked egg, according to an audio of a call that was released by the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service said that people recently called the 999 emergency number to complain about a broken egg and a dead fox.

A woman also called 999 to request that someone should come to her home and make her breakfast because she was hungry.

“We answer over 2,500 999 calls every day from people requiring emergency medical assistance for cardiac arrests, strokes, breathing difficulties, and serious injuries.

“However, some of the 999 calls we receive are not for emergency situations, and when one of our call handlers is on the phone to answer these inappropriate calls, they are not able to help someone in a real emergency,” a spokesperson for the East Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Recent inappropriate calls have included someone with a broken toenail, someone who wanted a taxi home, and a patient waiting too long be seen at a doctor’s office.

One woman called 999 to report that milk was spilled all over her body as part of an art installation.

In an audio released this week, a woman called 999 and asked the dispatcher for advice about a broken egg.

The woman told the emergency dispatcher that a box of eggs was in her fridge overnight and one of them cracked.

The woman wanted to know whether the eggs were okay.

The dispatcher politely told the woman that she wasn’t equipped to give her advice about cracked eggs.