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Depressed man calls police 45,210 times, lands in jail

  • Published at 01:16 pm October 23rd, 2018
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Turkish man calls the "155"police emergency line more than 45,000 times in a year Daily Sabah

All he wanted was to talk to someone

A Turkish man named Şeref Can has been sentenced to five years in prison for calling the police emergency line more than 45,000 times in just one year.  

The 55-year-old resident of Istanbul called “155”- which is the police emergency line for all over Turkey - more than 100 times every day for a year.


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He called the police hotline because he was feeling lonely and depressed, according to the police report cited by the Daily Sabah.

Based on several complaints about Can, Istanbul Police's Communications and Electronics Department started an investigation, and found out that the man made the phone calls between May 2017 and 2018.  

Subsequently, an Istanbul court decided to charge Can with "obstructing service of public institutions."

In his statement to the police, Can said: "I divorced my wife about two years ago. 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."