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

Woman rings 999 because her feet hurt after shopping Credit: PA

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:

The caller said that she had been on feet all day and couldn’t walk anymore as her feet were burning. She didn’t want to go to hospital as can’t get back but wants to go home.

She became angry when advised we would not be taking her home or that we would take her home from hospital either.

The ambulance service covers an area of 5,000 square miles and a population of more than five million.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman