A shopper’s request for help in getting a refund on a frozen turkey was one of more than 25,000 time-wasting calls to Hampshire police.
Around three per cent of calls made in 2015 to 999 and 101 were either malicious or deemed inappropriate.
Time-wasting calls included one person who wanted help getting a refund for a turkey.
Other examples were a caller who saw a sad-looking dog and a complaint from a Chinese takeaway when a customer fell asleep.
About 650,000 calls were made to the non-emergency 101 number and 210,000 to 999 last year.
A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Those inappropriate calls are a mix. There are malicious calls, people ringing up, hanging up and people ringing up and swearing.’
Some people call up asking for help – such as to collect rubbish – when the police are not the right agency to help.
He added the problem was greater over the summer.
He said: ‘People aren’t necessarily at work, people have more free time, some people when they’re bored I guess, ring up and cause a problem.’