Punter complains to West Midlands Police about prostitute's looks - listen to 999 call

A man dialled 999 to complain to West Midlands Police about the quality of a prostitute in the West Midlands.

The man contacted officers saying the prostitute should have action taken against her for breaching the Sale of Goods Act for "making herself out to be better looking than she was".

Officers advised the man that public solicitation of sex was illegal and have now sent him a warning letter.

West Midlands Police spokesman Lee Page said: "We had a call on Tuesday at about 7.30pm. The caller said he had arranged to meet a prostitute outside a hotel and he did not like the look of her.

Click to listen to part of the call.

"He said she made herself out to be better than she was.

"When he took issue with this she took his car keys, ran out of the car and then threw them back at him."

Mr Page said the caller originally refused to give his name but inquiries had enabled officers to locate him.

The man has now been sent a letter. Officers have not revealed where the hotel where he met her was.

Solihull Police, who investigated the matter, took to Twitter to reveal details of the bizarre case.

The act of prostitution is not in itself illegal, but various laws criminalise activities around it.

The 1956 Sexual Offences Act bans running a brothel and it is against the law to loiter or solicit sex on the street.

Adverts placed in phone boxes have been banned since 2001. There are also general laws on public nuisance and decency which can be used to target the sex trade.

The man's initial 999 call was terminated within a few minutes in order to free up the emergency line, with a follow up call then made to the man by Sgt Jerome Moran at Solihull police station.

During the second call, a recording of which has not been released, he told the officer that he wanted to report the woman for breaching the Sale of Goods Act.

Sgt Moran said: "It was unbelievable; he genuinely believed he had done nothing wrong and that the woman should have been investigated by police for misrepresentation.

"I told him that she'd not committed any offences and that it was his actions, in soliciting for sex, that were in fact illegal. Unhappy with the response, he then insisted on coming down to the police station to debate the matter.

"Although he refused to give me his details following our conversation, I was able to identify him and have since sent him a letter warning him about his actions.

"We recognise that prostitution often involves the exploitation of some very vulnerable members of the community and we will actively pursue those who seek to exploit that vulnerability."

Sgt Moran added: "We take around 1,500 999 calls each day and more than 90 per cent of those are answered within 10 seconds but each call often takes minutes to deal with, as staff have to clarify the situation. It might not sound like much but, if someone is trying to get through to report a genuine life or death emergency, then a minute is a very long time to wait.

"On this occasion the man in question was given a warning, but wasting police time is a serious offence and carries a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment next time he may not be so lucky."

Comments for: "Punter complains to West Midlands Police about prostitute's looks - listen to 999 call"

St George

Fair play to the guy. Obviously he wants value for money. Did the old bill send the 'lady of the night' a warning letter too I wonder?

Mark

LMAO the cheek of some people. I don't think she came with a refund policy though. Police should name him.

Max

First let's establish legally binding sex-appeal standards, then an efficient prostitution argus method to easily establish any woman's prostitution market value, and then attack not only product misrepresentation but also tax all women on what they could easily earn by selling their bodies (even if they don't).

MARK J

CHEEKY CALL - BUT CAN HE CLAIM UNDER TRADING STANDARDS FOR NOT AS DESCRIBED - BUT WHY DONT WE LEGALIZE WITH POLICE LICENCES HIGH CLASS PROSTITUTION AND BROTHELS AND TAKE THE PUNTERS OFF THE STREETS

ricky

Why can't you learn to type without CAPS LOCK turned off?

Drob

Caps Lock is the cruise control of cool....

Bill Clay

I WOULD IMAGINE THAT HE LEFT IF ON AT THE BEGINNING OF THE POST. Oh look, I've gone and done it now ;)

Darren

Why is it such an issue to you that he does??? moron get a life..

Thehoffsleftsock

Happened to me once, met a girl who looked great and was wonderful and full of excitement, turned out to be a scam, once I married her it all changed!

Telling it how it is.

Scientist, after years of research and extensive testing, now agree, the best way to stop a woman wanting sex is to marry them!

Billy Bumtrip

LOL!! Funny , but true.

Mark

This guy is obviously a moron, he should have been charged with wasting police time, still funny though. On a serious note, as another poster has said, it's time that legal brothels were introduced. They could be properly registered with regular medical checks and the "employees" would have to pay income tax like the rest of society.

paul

If they legalised brothels the guy would have a valid complaint, she says she looks like a million dollars and ends up looking like a two bob tramp with spots all over her face that is definatley product missrepresentation and could you try before you buy, and if you catch a dose could you make a claim????

North Bank

100 quid an hour I think I would complain.

Southernmummy

OMG Only in the MIdlands . lol

sunnydaze

Really? How informative.

Wulfrunian

Should have contacted Trading Standards instead - the customer should always come first !

Waldmeister

Pun Intended?

mrs b

He wants to think twice before meeting strangers , he may have ended up with the twins from down south lol.

Tom

Cant believe the male was entirely guilty. Why does nt the media give his grievances some favourable publicity too?

Billy Bumtrip

Most prostitutes are not very good looking. They usually are frequented by desperate men who don't care.

Helen

Yours is the only statement I see with any validity whatsoever.

Buki

He does have some point LOL. The Sale of Goods Act 1979 :: gives consumers legal rights, stipulating goods which are sold must be of satisfactory quality, be fit for purpose and must match the seller's description.

This is too funny! Only in the Midlands!

Dave

That story is great lol, Can't fault him. If the brass is a con artist she needs dealing with lmao

Albrightondek

"He said she made herself out to be better than she was".

That quote could probably apply to most of the women in this country if they were to remove all their cosmetics, hair extension, dye, false eyelashes, breast implants, tattoo's, body jewellery, etc.

It's a good job this guy was'nt successful with his complaint as half the married male population in this country would probably be taking their spouse's to court.

Dave

Albrightondek

You don't sound bitter at all!

Superiorbeing

What a demonstration of 'stoopid' males - sad little brains just not up to clarity of thought, critical analysis, or relevancy.

Deary, deary me.

SuperSuperiorbeing

NIce try.

rol

legalize and regulate prostitution so it works like any other profession

Johny

Why don't the police follow up before this minger wastes more law-abiding good citizens' time ?

ron

What I cant understand about all this unless I am missing something is why did he give her the money? was her face covered if not why?