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Play a prank, pay a penalty: 119

If a local Bart Simpson tries making an April Fool’s call to the 119 emergency squad today, he may be out of Internet cafe money for a lengthy stretch.

Seoul’s Fire and Disaster Management Department reminded the public yesterday that a resident who makes a prank call to 119 will be fined up to 2 million won ($1,767).

“Prank calls could cause huge losses to other people who are actually in a real emergency, such as a fire,” an official with the Seoul Fire and Disaster Management Department said.

In fact, the number of April Fool’s Day calls to 119 has dropped dramatically in recent years, from 68 in 2002 to nine last year. “Technology is developed enough to track down the location of the phony caller,” the official said.

By Kim Mi-ju []
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