Brilliantly Bizarre Phone Calls Brits Have Made To The UK Foreign Office
If there's one thing us Brits are good at, it's using emergency phone lines for issues which are far from an emergency (well, dropping half your Digestive in your tea *is* traumatic).
In 2015, emergency services reported calls to 999 that included "callers who missed their alarm and were going to be late for a flight", "a man who'd been advised to call 111 but didn't know their number", and "distressed drivers reporting that their low fuel indicator light had come on."
The British Foreign Office has to put up with this shit too, and on a daily basis, we're sure it's annoying as hell - but for round-up purposes on comedy websites, well, it's friggin gold dust.
Here are the 10 most ridiculous calls they've received of late:
1. "A British man asking for assistance to get illegal employment in Singapore"
3: "A homesick expat asking where he could buy English bacon"
4: "A European filmmaker looking for an English pensioner to play a part in his new film"
5: "A holidaymaker trying to find Travel Advice for a visit to Coventry"
7: "A lady in Lebanon looking for help to recruit an English butler"
8: "A woman who was disappointed the British Embassy has not sent someone to give her a tour of St. Petersburg on her arrival in Russia"
9: "A man in South Korea asking what he could do with his old pound notes"
“Our consular staff are a helpful bunch and do an amazing job helping out Brits in trouble around the world," says FCO Minister James Duddridge, "but it is important that people remember they are there to help with genuine emergencies and not as an alternative to directory enquiries."
In other words... think twice, people. Think twice.
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