The Foreign Office has released a list of the oddest phone calls it received this year from Britons abroad in a bid to remind people its helpline is meant to be used in an emergency.
Questions about vampires in Poland and potential wives in Argentina are among the weird calls made to consular staff, the Foreign Office has said.
During 2018 it received over 330,000 calls from Brits abroad asking for help.
A man in Kuwait called to see if any Foreign Office staff wanted to adopt his puppies.
Another caller in the Netherlands had just watched the movie “Braveheart” and had some questions about the plot.
A caller in the Canary Islands requested “that we persuade his hotel to give him a different room as a stray cat had ‘broken into’ his existing one and peed on his bed.”
Another caller in the US phoned up to ask which contestant had been voted off Strictly Come Dancing the previous night.
In 2018, consular staff have dealt with more than 3,400 people who were taken to hospital and 4,900 who were arrested overseas.
Some of the other odder queries to the Foreign Office included:
- A man checking whether there were vampires in Poland because a woman he met online had asked what blood type he was before they met for their first date
- Another man requesting the Foreign Office speak to a massage parlour in Bangkok on his behalf, as he fell asleep during a massage and felt he shouldn’t have to pay for it
- A caller in New Delhi asking what time the British High Commission opened, as he’d heard it sold vegetarian sausages and he wanted to buy some
- A person in Italy asking the embassy to help arrange their wedding, recommend a florist, and get them tickets to see the Pope
- A caller asking for a list of women in Argentina whom he might be able to marry
- A man asking where he should send a 5ft piece of wood that he had found on a beach that he thought may be from a British warship from the 1700s.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “I can regretfully confirm that the Foreign Office isn’t able to offer advice on vampires, rogue stray cats or Strictly contestants.
“And our capacity to deploy veggie sausages remains sadly lacking.”
“If you find yourself in an emergency in another country, contact the nearest British embassy, High Commission or consulate and our consular staff will do everything they can to help.”