Want to call 911 to order Chinese food? That'll be $5,000

Telecommunications operators answering calls at the RCMP 'K' Division Operational Communications...

Telecommunications operators answering calls at the RCMP 'K' Division Operational Communications Centre in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, December 21, 2012. Two centres in Alberta, one in Edmonton and one in Red Deer, are projected to handle 240,000 911 calls this year. Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun

Pamela Roth, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 PM ET

EDMONTON - Edmonton police are taking a soft approach on frivolous 911 callers before they start handing out hefty fines.

On April 1, the province's 911 legislation came into effect, introducing fines for frivolous 911 callers that abuse the system. The fine for first time offenders is $5,000 and $10,000 for repeat offenders.

Dealing with frivolous 911 callers has been a thorn in the side of Edmonton police for years. Callers have dialed the emergency number asking how to cook a turkey, calling for taxis, pizza, Chinese food, a ride home and even a problem with a muffin at Tim Hortons.


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