Oh, Canada. One little boy from Ontario has the nation talking after he got himself added to Santa's naughty list in the most epic way.
In the early evening hours on Christmas, police at the Ontario Provincial Police department fielded a phone call from one very unhappy little boy. There was no emergency, the child was just mad because someone had given him snow pants as a Christmas gift and not something cool like a toy. The little boy wanted police to step in and handle the situation. Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt explained to CTV News that officers took the proper steps to make sure that there was no emergency. Unfortunately, that process takes about thirty minutes of time away from real emergencies. Sgt Schmidt wants people to think of this as a teachable moment:
Parents or caregivers need to make sure their children understand the consequences of calling 911 and what constitutes an emergency... Kids need to realize that calling 911 is critical and serious. We don't want to waste resources going after calls that aren't an emergency.
To further the message, Schmidt tweeted about the incident:
A 7 year old just got added to the naughty list after calling 911 to tell the #OPP that the snow pants he received… https://t.co/yQqNHG1lWc— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@Sgt Kerry Schmidt)1545780643.0
Some people took the opportunity to thank the police for responding to every call.
@OPP_HSD Thanks Kerry and to all first responders /police / paramedics and firefighters who have to work over the h… https://t.co/EL80RbTM3B— Jim Richards Sh🎙wgram (@Jim Richards Sh🎙wgram)1545781376.0
@OPP_HSD Uh oh...I don’t think his parents are going to be happy with him either! Sending a big “thank you!” to all… https://t.co/fztt6uPoRd— Sara (@Sara)1545854660.0
Others complained about the child or his parents.
@OPP_HSD lol what! you get a gift and don't appreciate it? My parents (back in the day) would have made it disappea… https://t.co/n3qMh3WpO5— Joe Bold (@Joe Bold)1545786229.0
@OPP_HSD @OPP_News Dumbass parenting ought to be a criminal offence— christine woodcock (@christine woodcock)1545785297.0
@OPP_HSD That's sad. The second time this month a kid called the police on their parents. #privileged #spoiled gene… https://t.co/vXAZDL5ZkG— Rosa (@Rosa)1545846712.0
@OPP_HSD If this spoiled brat had tried this where i live, automatic $500.00 fine, with charges pending. I agree wi… https://t.co/9zNzvbjbQz— Darryl Macaulay (@Darryl Macaulay)1545923212.0
@OPP_HSD And where were the parents? If parents were hit with a surcharge when they let this happen they would keep… https://t.co/atzN3qk2Ec— Eva Wisner (@Eva Wisner)1545860578.0
@OPP_HSD Sgt. some young children today run amuck! Do not listen to parents at all. Parent supervision is non exist… https://t.co/8m0MV3WBAy— Mary Clarke (@Mary Clarke)1545839232.0
But a lot of people were kind of sympathetic to the kid's plight... If nothing else it was kind of funny.
@OPP_HSD I can understand the kid’s frustration. It’s like putting on goalie pads and telling them to go have fun in the snow.— Peter C. (@Peter C.)1545781386.0
@OPP_HSD Not funny but still very funny 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— Yemz (@Yemz)1545847301.0
@OPP_HSD We haven’t had any snow, can’t blame him.!— Ed Timmerman™ (@Ed Timmerman™)1545791963.0
@OPP_HSD @dmrider https://t.co/wNnnGki8Dr— John Wright (@John Wright)1545795250.0
@OPP_HSD When my twin daughters were 7 yrs old, my son was watching them until I got home from work. 1 of them call… https://t.co/evwivENSub— Jilly~Bean (@Jilly~Bean)1546041775.0
@OPP_HSD Wow Kerry that is kind of funny, although not a good idea. Maybe because there is no snow and that's why h… https://t.co/kgKEXwyH6a— Linda3 (@Linda3)1545802117.0
@OPP_HSD @CityNews Could you blame him? https://t.co/wlgGd1o1C6— Darin Wheeler (@Darin Wheeler)1545783788.0
@OPP_HSD Wrong but... 😂🤣🤔— Rod Wilson (@Rod Wilson)1545834078.0
Remember guys, fashion emergencies are not actual emergency situations and typically do not warrant a call to 911. Teach the children. Also, snow pants suck.