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12-year-old Halifax boy who doesn't like salad called 911 — twice
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What kind of salad prompted 911 calls? 'Obviously one to his dislike,' say police

Cassie Williams · CBC News · Posted: Jun 14, 2018 11:23 AM AT | Last Updated: 6 hours ago
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A dislike of salad is not a good enough reason to call 911, RCMP say. (Africa Studio/Shutterstock)

A 12-year-old boy's dislike of salad prompted not one, but two 911 calls that Halifax RCMP used as a teaching moment.

Just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, RCMP responded to a 911 call from the boy who said one of his parents made a salad he didn't like. 

However, before police arrived, the kid called 911 a second time asking when police would get there — and reiterated how much he disliked salad.

RCMP officers took it as an opportunity to speak to the boy not only about the salad but the importance of only dialling 911 when appropriate.

Donair complaint also not a good reason to call 911

RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said every day in Nova Scotia 911 calls are made in error or people call for non emergencies. Hutchinson said there are a few calls that stand out where people received a $697.50 fine for misuse of 911.

"They've involved everything from someone calling 911 complaining that there wasn't enough donair meat on their donair. Another one a person couldn't find their TV remote so they called 911," he said.

"We can't make this stuff up."

Police have even received a call to 911 from a parent whose child didn't get a haircut they liked.

"It's not just children that misuse 911, we see a lot of adults that use 911 … when they shouldn't be," said Hutchinson.

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

"Hopefully, this will be a learning lesson … it created an opportunity for him to learn something from this," he said.
Hutchinson said the 12-year-old's parents "were not impressed" with what their son had done when police arrived at their door.

When to use 911?

Hutchinson said it's only appropriate to call 911 in the case of an emergency.

"If somebody's at risk of being harmed or it's a life-threatening situation whether it be a motor vehicle collision or an assault in progress or break and enter — those are the situations that require someone to call 911. It's an immediate emergency, you need first responders there as soon as possible," he said.

Hutchinson also said if you suspect someone is driving while impaired, you should call 911. He said police have an obligation to respond to all 911 calls, whether it is an accidental dial — or even if it's someone who doesn't like salad.

As to what kind of salad prompted the two calls for help? Hutchinson couldn't say.
"Obviously one to his dislike because he called 911."

On a more personal note, Hutchinson said at his age, salad has become a part of life.

"I have to eat healthy some days, and I typically have a salad everyday at lunch, but today is one of those days I'm not having one," he said.

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I love salad.

One day this kid will too....
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The kid is 12 for crying out loud, not 6-7. My kids knew what 911 is really for well before they were 12. It says the parents were not impressed with their kid. I'm not impressed with the parents personally...
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I have friends who have two sons. The oldest is the perfect kid. Well mannered, well behaved, incredibly polite and caring. The other is buck wild. He called 911 because he was a on timeout when he was 4. The stories they tell me are insane. They have him in therapy and don't know what to do with him. I really feel for them.
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(2018-06-15, 08:06 AM)RyeRocks Wrote: I have friends who have two sons.  The oldest is the perfect kid.  Well mannered, well behaved, incredibly polite and caring.  The other is buck wild.  He called 911 because he was a on timeout when he was 4.  The stories they tell me are insane.  They have him in therapy and don't know what to do with him.  I really feel for them.

I had a work colleague with a kid like that and they eventually found out that he had a very adverse reaction to some food grade dye. As soon as they removed the dye from his diet, the kid became normal. They reintroduced the dye twice to be sure and, sure enough, the kid went wild.
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I once called 911 to complain about Trump.

I was directed to an answering machine that welcomed me as the billionth customer...
Why is common sense not so common?
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unless this kid has some level of autism, or developmentally handicapped so is mentally younger than his age, there is no reason for a 12 year old to not know calling 911 for non emergency is wrong. 8-10 years old, maybe gets the pass as the "learning experience"..12 years old...you are grade 7...you know better!
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(2018-06-15, 08:33 AM)Captain aHab Wrote:
(2018-06-15, 08:06 AM)RyeRocks Wrote: I have friends who have two sons.  The oldest is the perfect kid.  Well mannered, well behaved, incredibly polite and caring.  The other is buck wild.  He called 911 because he was a on timeout when he was 4.  The stories they tell me are insane.  They have him in therapy and don't know what to do with him.  I really feel for them.

I had a work colleague with a kid like that and they eventually found out that he had a very adverse reaction to some food grade dye. As soon as they removed the dye from his diet, the kid became normal. They reintroduced the dye twice to be sure and, sure enough, the kid went wild.

That's a real good point. The 911 calls or other bizarre behaviour are symptoms. There is something else going on.
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But kids are constantly doing stuff when they "know better". It's perfectly normal. It's why we discipline them.
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i wonder if they're "disciplining" the kid, period?
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Believe it or not, not all kids respond as you hope to discipline.

Mine is an angel so far but i recognize it probably has less to do with parenting and more to do with good fortune/genes
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Kids need and want boundaries, even into their teens. They press those boundaries from time to time to see if the parent(s) love them enough to enforce them. This could very well have been a cry for attention.
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(2018-06-15, 08:48 AM)Ululator Wrote: I once called 911 to complain about Trump.

I was directed to an answering machine that welcomed me as the billionth customer...

Really?
I had you pegged as the guy who called in to complain that there wasn't enough donair meat on their donair.
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Ok, Ok, Corny, you can join CTS and me for a brew when we get together.

Because you're interesting and clever...

I'll pretend to forget the rest Wink
Why is common sense not so common?
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