WOODSTOCK, Ont. ─ Anyone can make a mistake, including a well-intentioned Ontario Provincial Police officer just trying to catch a thief.
On Thursday, Woodstock Sentinel Review readers looking to provide information to Crime Stoppers about a daytime break and enter in Thamesford, Ont., were in for a surprise.
A two-digit typo in an OPP press release ended up connecting people to an adult chat line called America's Hottest Talk Line.
"If you are looking for a hot man, you know where to go," a reader said after phoning the paper to inform it of the error published on the website.
After dialing the 1-888 number, callers are greeted by an energetic female voice that says, "Welcome to America's Hottest Talk Line."
"Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press one now," the voice instructs.
"Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you."
It is not known how long the adult hotline has owned the 1-888 number, but it is not the first time the number has made an appearance in press releases.
A quick scan of e-mails from the OPP and the Woodstock Police Service reveal that, in recent years, several e-mails directing residents with information about crimes to call the incorrect number.
The typo also appears on websites across Canada from Red Deer, Alta., to Sudbury, Ont..
The correct phone numbers for Crime Stoppers is 1-800-222-8477.