Leeds man dials 999 after Primark joggers snub

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Police said the man's emergency call was "totally unnecessary" and waste of resources

A man who dialled 999 to complain he was refused entry to a Primark store to buy some jogging bottoms has been criticised by police.

West Yorkshire Police call handlers posted about the incident in a tweet, using the hashtag #not999.

The force wrote: "If you are not allowed in, dialling police on 999 is not going to gain you entry either."

Officers also highlighted an earlier incident in which a child dialled 999 twenty times.

They said the calls were "totally unnecessary" and could affect people attempting to make genuine emergency calls.

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West Yorkshire Police previously published a series of YouTube videos to highlight some of the bizarre requests received by call handlers.

In one, a man complained he was being held at Leeds railway station after one of his friends was sick on the floor.

He told police: "They won't let us go until we've cleaned it up, and I've asked for a mop and bucket."

Other so-called emergencies included a man being refused entry to a casino, a rat behind someone's wardrobe, and a request for police to go and turn somebody's electricity back on.

Earlier this year, a man also dialled 999 to complain he had ordered a takeaway but a cash machine had swallowed his cash card.

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