Home > Feature

Prank calls...or are they? Police respond to 'noodle delivery order'

  • Published : Apr 17, 2018 - 13:29
  • Updated : Apr 17, 2018 - 13:29

Prank calls to the police are no novelty. But what if a delivery order made to 112 is really a distress call in disguise?

The Gyeonggi Nambu Police is making use of its celebrity conscripted officers XIA Junsu and Kim Hyung-jun in airing these informative awareness broadcasts every other Thursday.

In the latest broadcast, the police shared recorded clips of actual emergency calls it had received that are worth taking a second listen to, via Facebook Live broadcast.

JYJ's XIA Junsu and SS501's Kim Hyung-jun emcee the Gyeonggi Nambu Police's live broadcast (Gyeonggi Nambu Police)
Of the two clips shared, the first starts with a woman asking for jjajangmyeon delivery to a motel room. Jjajangmyeon is a typical delivery food in Korea that is noodles dressed in savory black sauce.

The police officer on the other end of the line repeats back the order, perhaps with a whiff of annoyance and incredulity at first. But after a sudden moment of understanding pause, he calmly asks, “Has your boyfriend hit you?”

“Yes,” says the woman, without giving herself away to the perpetrator who is probably with her in the motel room.

The police keeps his voice steady, “Continue talking to me like I’m a jjajangmyeon man. Where should the delivery go?”

After getting the address, the police tells the woman to tell the boyfriend the jjajangmyeon will come in no time.

A woman eats jjajangmyeon (MBC)
The second recorded clip is of a woman who is held by a man inside a motel room. She addresses the police officer as her daughter.

“Dear, now you’ve heard my voice, I would like you to come to where I am,” says the woman.

It was lucky for her the officer was a female in this case, as the man who is with her in the motel room intercepts the phone to verify if the woman is really talking to the daughter.

The police officer coolly asks the man return the phone to her ‘mother,’ gets the address and dispatches officers to the room.

In the above broadcast, two other police officers were present to relay their experiences. A female officer said in the broadcast, “Every call I take, I take it thinking this could be the last words of the person calling. I receive about 200 calls on average, daily, but it could be the other person‘s first time calling the police, ever.”

By Lim Jeong-yeo (kaylalim@heraldcorp.com)