Woman dials 999 about the sprinkles on her ice cream

Police stressed that people should only call 999 if it is a genuine emergency (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Police stressed that people should only call 999 if it is a genuine emergency (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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A woman was so distressed by an argument over the sprinkles on her ice cream that she called 999 to complain.

 Police have released a recording of her request for help in a row over the matter.

 The caller contacted emergency operators while arguing with the owner of an ice cream van and she told the operator: “It doesn’t seem like much of an emergency but it is a little bit because I’ve ordered an ice cream and he’s put bits on one side and none of the other. He’s refusing to give me my money back and saying that I’ve got to take it like that.”

 Urging the public not to misuse the 999 system, Chief Superintendent Jim Andronov, of West Midlands Police, said: “I cannot stress enough that the 999 number is for emergencies only.” Listen to the recording below.

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