Woman rings 999 for 'ride home' in ambulance because her feet hurt after shopping

A woman has rang 999 to ask for a lift home in an ambulance because a shopping trip had left her with sore feet in Stratford.

The call to the emergency number shocked 999 dispatcher Jo Bird who tweeted they were “#notataxiservice”.

Calling 999 the woman said: “Erm, sorry about this but I’ve been on my feet all day and now my feet are hurting me so much that I can’t walk. They’re burning.”

She told how she had even rung the police for help and added: “I’ve just got two miles to walk home and I’m not going to make it in this condition.”

When she was told she wouldn’t be taken home, she replied: “What will you do then?”

In the end the caller hung up after an exasperated call handler tried to explain to her if there was a medical reason why she couldn’t walk they would take her to A&E.

Posting on Twitter, NHS worker Jo said:

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the woman made the call at 7.17pm on Tuesday.

A service spokesman said: