Police: Man called emergency number due to cork bits in wine

Sept. 24, 2013 at 2:16 PM

MANCHESTER, England, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Police in Britain said a man was warned for dialing the 999 emergency number to report his wine had bits of cork in it and the bar would not refund his money.

Manchester police Inspector Phil Spurgeon said the man called the emergency line from a restaurant in Manchester's Northern Quarter to complain about the bar serving him wine with bits of cork in it and refusing to refund his money, The Mirror reported Tuesday.

"He said he was having a dispute with staff because they would not give him a refund because his wine had bits of cork in it," Spurgeon said. "They were trying to eject him because he was being difficult. We did not send anyone. The man was given advice."

Spurgeon said the man was told he could face a fine for calling 999 for a non-emergency situation.

"These types of call tie up the emergency service lines," he said. "While a call handler is dealing with a call like it, someone else could be facing a real emergency. People who dial 999 for inappropriate reasons could find themselves being fined."

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