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Ever questioned what the ‘s’ stands for in Mrs? Or doubted the legality of shooting seagulls to dish up in your restaurant? Apparently the answer’s not as obvious as it seems...
Or certainly it isn’t if you live in Westminster, where council officials handle odd calls such as these alarmingly regularly.
Westminster City Council has released a top ten list of the strangest calls it has received from members of the public so far this year.
Topping the list is a call from a man described as an “older gentleman”, who’d lost his wheelchair in Dubai but hoped the council would go and get it for him. And perhaps most unfathomably of all, though at number 10, a man called to request the council remove all the porn from the Internet.
Westminster council’s list in full:
1) An older gentleman who had lost his wheelchair on holiday in Dubai and wanted the council to go and collect it for him
2) Someone who wanted the telephone number for the speaking clock
3) A lady who had purchased a ‘designer’ handbag for £10 from a market stall, who wanted to complain to trading standards as she thought it could be a fake
4) A gentleman who wanted to check if it was legal for him to shoot seagulls in the street to serve to customers in his restaurant
5) A man who was getting married and wanted to check ‘what the ‘s’ stood for in Mrs’
6) A woman who wasn’t sure how old she was and wanted the council to check for her
7) A man who wanted to complain that his local Morrisons store had run out of apples and wanted to know where he could buy some.
8) A lady who wanted to complain about a public toilet that popped up out of the ground. She had gone into the toilet and sat down when she noticed that her shopping was spinning on the floor in front of her, then the seat started spinning. She realised she had approached ground level as the door to the toilet opened and she saw shocked shoppers on the street.
(London24 contacted Westminster City Council for clarification on this. Facts, understandably, were thin on the ground, but it seems the woman in question had managed to find her way into one of these, a Urigienic, and was sat in it as it rose to ground level. A spokesman for the council said they had no idea how she had gained access to the futuristic public toilet.)
9) A woman who was irate that we could not help her locate a foot clinic. She did not know the name of the clinic, or the address. She did know that it was approximately ten minutes walk from Victoria tube station and that it was above the café. She didn’t know the name of the café. Apparently she had been phoning people for two weeks to try and find the foot clinic, to no avail.
10) One man rang up the council to ask if we could remove all of the porn from the entire internet.