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Man faces jail for calling police 45,210 times

By T.K. Randall
October 23, 2018 · Comment icon 10 comments

The man had been having a tough time of it. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 simonwai / Flickr
The Turkish man reportedly made over 100 calls to the police per day, every day, for an entire year.
According to Turkish media, 55-year-old Seref Can called up the country's 155 emergency number tens of thousands of times between May 2017 and 2018 because he was feeling lonely.

He was investigated by Istanbul Police's communications and electronics department following complaints about his constant phoning which amounted to multiple calls per hour.

"I divorced my wife about two years ago," he said. "I was consuming alcohol all the time. I called the emergency line because I was feeling depressed and lonely."

"I regret my actions and won't do it again."

He was eventually charged with 'obstructing service of public institutions' and now faces 5 years in jail.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
That is over 5 calls per hour, every hour of every day for a year.    Figure he has to sleep and do other things, let's remove 10 hours per day.   That leaves us at nearly 9 calls per hour every day for a year.    
Comment icon #2 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem 6 years ago
Thanks for the figures @Myles Thats incredible, he literally lived on the phone to the Police.. So ridiculous that is seems made up? 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
That's what I was thinking.    Wouldn't they have done something after the fist day that he called 125 times?   
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 6 years ago
The bigger question is what's up with Turkey's mental health services and suicide prevention hotlines? Even in the US, we have alternatives to drunk dialing 911 compulsively. The guy needs help, and I doubt 5 years in jail will help.
Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Really? After day one they should have cottoned on the guy was depressed. Something does not ring true, no one did anything for a year?  If that was the case, he should be suing them for  ignoring him,  no wonder he was depressed, it seems, if true, it became an obsession.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Orphalesion 6 years ago
Does Turkey have no psychological hotlines or services whatsoever? I mean wouldn't the police have directed the guy towards them?
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Maybe his phone didn't have GPS and the police didn't want to waste the time to camp out at his door. Either way it's bizarre.
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
The Istanbul Police's communications and electronics department  should have been contacted on the first day, ok, lets give it a week, but after a year? Thats more than bizarre, its near on unbelievable.
Comment icon #9 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
They have very 'tolerant' police.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hawken 6 years ago
If Turkey has a program for the mentally depressed, they should send him there. They could help get his life back on track.

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