Man reports KFC chicken shortage to police

A UK man who really needed his nuggs has been zinged by police after calling 999 to report his local KFC was closed.

"I don't know how you feel about this but KFC is closed and I'm entirely not happy," the unnamed man told the emergency operator in audio released by Greater Manchester Police.

"I have to go to Burger King now."

The UK has been in a fried chicken drought in recent weeks, as KFC's been suffering supply chain issues.

The operator had no time for his shenanigans, telling him there was no foul play.

"You are taking the mick, aren't you? Ringing 999 for this," she said.

"Well I got told to ring 999 for any emergencies, and this is an emergency," he told the operator.

She told him it wasn't, so he asked for a non-emergency number to report it to. She told him it wasn't a police matter, and hung up on him.

Police weren't impressed.

"While some will think this is a harmless prank or joke I want to reiterate the severity of this - we had 74 calls to 999 and 154 to 101 during the hour this came in, all of which needed our full attention," said Supt Mark Kenny.

"It's not a stretch to say that, had this man not selfishly called for such a ridiculous reason, we would have been able to help more people who had a real reason to pick up the phone during that time."

Half of all calls made to 111 in New Zealand weren't emergencies, figures released in 2012 revealed.