Think about your last 911 call, if you’ve ever needed to call the emergency number in your life. What did you call the police for? Hopefully, it was for something more important than getting tomatoes on your chicken sandwich. On September 21, Peel Police tweeted a recording of a 911 complaint where a man called about getting tomatoes on his chicken sandwich.

During the call, the man first claims that he has been threatened by the restaurant owner. The 911 operator then asks, “And what did the owner say to you?” The man replies, “Well, I ordered a chicken sandwich, and basically the owner, I told him right before I ordered I can’t eat tomatoes. Because I’m allergic.”

Apparently, the man had also gotten tomatoes on another order the previous week at the same restaurant. He doesn’t say if he had also mentioned being allergic to tomatoes that time. 

The 911 operator calmly says, “Okay, so, this has nothing to do with the police. Okay, sir? Much less 911. Please don’t call 911 in the future for fried chicken mishaps.”

Peel Police used this as an opportunity to remind people that 911 phone calls are not a solution when a restaurant gets your order wrong. The line should be reserved for true emergencies only. Though, they managed to throw in a bit of fun when they said, “P.S. Tomatoes don't belong on ANY sandwich. Change my mind.”

As expected from such a post, Canadians responded to the tweet and joined in on the fun. The best part of this is that Peel Police’s Public and Media Relations Officer, Cst. Akhil Mooken, took the time to reply and debate about tomatoes on sandwiches.

This isn’t the first time that Ontario police have received bizarre 911 calls. Just two weeks ago, they had to deal with 911 butt-dials after 2000 accidental butt calls. A couple of months back, Peel Police had to remind people that it was normal for ice cream trucks to travel around in the summer and to not call 911 about it. Even earlier in the year, Ontario police had to tell people to stop calling 911 to complain about raccoon sightings.

Disclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.


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