Would you Complain if your phone...

  Menzie 02:21 18 Feb 2019

... woke you up in the middle of the night due to an Amber Alert?

That is what happened this week when the police were requesting the aid of the public in finding a kidnapped child.

There is an emergency broadcast system so every mobile phone in a certain area can be alerted which was used in this case.

This caused the emergency services to be inundated with calls complaining from some of those awoken from their slumber.

It's started a debate (more like an argument) this week with those who oppose this alert and those who like it.

The story can be found here.

  Quickbeam 08:58 18 Feb 2019

I don't take mine to bed.

  Old Deuteronomy 09:27 18 Feb 2019

I turn mine off overnight.

  Pine Man 11:05 18 Feb 2019

Mine is left on but far enough away not to be heard when I am in bed.

  Cymro. 11:42 18 Feb 2019

I think it just shows how selfish people can be. To Hell with the kidnaped child all I want is my sleep.

  Menzie 13:01 18 Feb 2019

Cymro - I agree entirely; if the shoe was on the other foot and it was one of their relatives I guarantee that those opposing this would want the alert out immediately if a similar situation arose in their lives.

My phone is kept in my room with me as it's my alarm in the mornings. All my Android phones have had what is called a smart profile meaning that after a certain time text messages, calls and alerts are automatically on vibrate. Calls from immediate family however are on normal ring so I don't miss any emergencies.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:37 18 Feb 2019

Selfish B'stards

Just as bad as those people who stand and video an incident rather than help out oe even use their phones to call for help.

  Menzie 17:29 18 Feb 2019

Fruit Bat - There is an image doing the rounds online that makes fun of that.

I've found it...

  KEITH 1955 22:53 18 Feb 2019

watched a program recently about all the heavy stuff police have to deal with , apparently if a police officer shouts for the aid of a member of the public and they ignore his/her pleas for help you yourself are deemed to have committed a criminal offence , not sure how you the ignorer would be brought to justice.

I once got a rollocking off some security men and police for ignoring there shouts to grab a shop lifter.

the 2 reasons why I ignored them are , have you noticed how many police now carry guns so in the event I got in way I did not fancy getting tazzered or shot , secondly , I was not prepared to give chase in case the offender had a knife because unlike security and police I was NOT wearing a stab vest.

  BT 09:25 19 Feb 2019

..so I don't miss any emergencies.

It beats me how we managed pre mobile phone. It seems to be the 'shout' we hear all the time now. Kids just have to have a mobile 'in case of emergencies'. We have to have our phones switched on at all times wherever we are 'in case of emergencies'. Lets face it most of us have never had an emergency where our mobile phone has been of help in solving it.

  KEITH 1955 11:56 19 Feb 2019

Hi BT you are spot on , lost count of the number of people who walk about face in phone and trip over my wifes wheelchair foot plates and then they look at you as if you have just trod in something.

I do have a mobile , it cost £25 pay as you go , it can only send txts and make a call , it cant even take pics, I very rarely have it turned on and can make £20 last me over a year. So you might be asking why have I got one , the answer is one day I "might" need to use it !

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