I always feel there is something missing from stories about those people who dial 999 for spurious reasons – such as “I can’t find my trousers”.

What would really help these articles achieve their main aim would be to name and shame the idiots who make them (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/6219265.stm).

I’m sure there are some who find such calls funny, either making them or reading about others who make them. But the latest round-up of “inappropriate” emergency calls made to West Midlands Ambulance Service on one of the busiest nights of the year reinforces the fact that as long as people keep seeing the “joke” the calls will continue.

It would be interesting to hear what the caller who rang from Birmingham’s Broad Street to say a 32-year-old friend “couldn’t walk from too much dancing” would think of such a call in the sober light of day. 

They’d probably still think it was a “bit of a laugh”.

But what if they had been named in the original article?

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