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Ambulance rushes to man... but all he wanted was a sandwich

WHEN a Bundaberg ambulance crew was urgently called to the Riverside Parklands, it thought it was responding to a man having a seizure.

But it turned out that all he wanted was a sandwich.

On November 20 last year, homeless man Leslie Anthony Hall phoned Triple 0 with a fake story and yesterday he pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to the offence of improperly using an emergency call service.

"The Queensland Ambulance Service received a Triple 0 call at 2pm on Wednesday, November 20 from the defendant," police prosecutor Senior Constable Vicki Kennedy-Grills said.

"He stated he was having a seizure and required immediate assistance."

But the ambulance officers found a very different situation when they located the 47-year-old man.

"He said he was hungry and wanted them to give him a sandwich," Snr Const Kennedy-Grills said.

"He was affected by alcohol.

"He said he was living on the street and was hungry."

Snr Const Kennedy-Grills said it was not the first time Hall had improperly used the call service.

"It is quite a serious charge, especially calling for the Queensland Ambulance Service continually," she said.

"Perhaps Mr Hall might need some help."

It was suggested Hall might be having withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and he sat in the docks shaking heavily with very red, bloodshot eyes.

"It appears he may be going through some withdrawal since being in the watch-house," Snr Const Glover said.

Hall told the court: "I apologise for ringing them."

Magistrate Deb Vasta agreed with the prosecutor's suggestion of Hall needing some assistance and placed him on a 12-month probation order in a bid to help him with his addiction, find accommodation and stabilise his life.

"Your probation officer needs to become your best friend and they will help you link in with the services that you need," Mrs Vasta said.

"Apparently you've done this in the past and they haven't taken action because they felt sorry for you.

"It's got to stop."

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