A police officer's duty is to protect and serve, and for the most part, they do their job pretty efficiently. Emphasis on "for the most part". Every once in a while, though, they are called to action for the most ridiculous of disputes, and this particular story is definitely one of those times.
A Connecticut man has been taken into custody after police say he called 911 four times within 37 minutes to complain that someone threw away their clam chowder in a trash bin outside his home. He was also charged separately for calling once more to protest the summons he issued for misusing the emergency line.
Patch.com reports that 70-year-old Sok Kyu Yi of Middletown was "angrily screaming" at dispatchers about the fact that "someone had thrown his clam chowder into the dumpster". The irate man allegedly called 911 twice at 3:01 pm, once at 3:11 pm and again at 3:38 pm.
Law enforcement went to Yi's home, where he confirmed he wasn't in any need of medical assistance. He claimed he called 911 only because he didn't have another phone number to contact police about his soup. It is alleged that he smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated.
Officers gave Yi a non-emergency number to call in case of any future soup travesties. He was issued a misdemeanor summons, and is scheduled to appear in court but that's far from the end of it.
After police left, he called 911 again at 4:18 pm, and “angrily complained to the dispatcher that he just received a summons from the police for misusing the 911 system”. So, law enforcement paid Yi another visit.
When they arrived at his apartment, he was allegedly intoxicated in bed. Police took Yi into custody for misusing the line again, although they’d just given him an alternate number to call for any non-emergency conflicts. It is alleged that he did not cooperate with officers trying to arrest him, but was eventually taken in and released to appear in court March 12.
This isn't the only big news of police being called into action for something ridiculous. Martin County Sheriff's deputies arrested Maeli Aguilar-Alvarez of Indiantown, Florida, in around mid-December 2017, for shoplifting "a full rack of ribs", two packs of hamburger buns, nine pieces of fried chicken and an unspecified quantity of mashed potatoes from a grocery store.
Law enforcement spotted the 26-year-old when he removed the aforementioned full rack of ribs from his pants just outside the Rines Market IGA. Police charged the alleged thief with retail theft of the groceries, valued at $32.49. The Martin County Sheriff's Office claimed that he might have gotten away with it, had a sergeant not spotted him revealing some of the evidence of his crime in full view. You could say he was short-ribbed.
Aguilar-Alvarez reportedly smelled of alcohol too, which probably explains a lot. You'd assume his pants probably smelled far more delicious but what's more interesting - some would argue more important - about this story is that there is no word on what the police did with the food. I hope it went home to the right cookout.