Since we were kids we've been advised to only call 911 for emergencies. With a pandemic upon us, now is an especially bad time to be calling 911 if there isn't an emergency. But apparently, Calgary doesn’t know this and according to local law enforcement, people are calling 911 for toilet paper. We know that this home essential is basically the new currency, but this is pretty extra.\nFirst responders are constantly busy and work tremendous hours to put up with the demand, now more than ever. And while we all like to assume that people are trying their best to limit their workload, some are making it difficult for 911 operators.\nAccording to a tweet released by the Calgary Police's Digital Communications Officer, people are calling 911 for ridiculous reasons.\nApparently, someone called the emergency line because they were out of toilet paper and needed more.\nThe context is unknown and it is not clear if the person was at home in the washroom or at a store. But either way, this is a prime example of what not to call 911 for.\nWhile toilet paper is a hot commodity these days, 911 cannot supply it for you.\nConstable Mark Smith with the Calgary police spoke with 660 News about that specific call, saying it was “disappointing.”\nPLEASE DON'T ❗️9-1-1, What’s your emergency? ☎️- “I can’t get through to 8-1-1, do you know a better number?”- “My neighbours kids are running around making too much noise."- “What bars are open?”- "I’ve run out of toilet paper & need more!” #COVID19 #yyc #Calgary pic.twitter.com/MfvDnV7Q9T— Cst. Mark Smith (@CstSmith) March 24, 2020\nHe also said that there are some people out there who do not grasp the seriousness of calling 911.\nBut this isn’t the only ridiculous thing people called over.\nThe tweet included other wacky 911 calls including “I can’t get through to 8-1-1, do you know a better number?” and “My neighbours kids are running around making too much noise.”\nSomeone even called asking what bars are open. Apparently, they never got the memo about social distancing.\nUsually, callers will be given a warning. But should it persist, Smith told 660 News that fines as high as $5,000 or $10,000 could be issued.\nUnfortunately, it’s not just Calgarians that are calling emergency lines for inappropriate reasons.\nPolice in B.C. have received equally silly calls. Anything from broken ATM machines to complaints about haircuts have been reported and they are all perfect examples of how not to act.\nBecause of COVID-19, first responders are working incredibly hard.\nOther than staying home, the best way to make their jobs easier is to only call when there is an emergency.