An English father found himself in quite a heated situation recently when someone reported him to the police after he made a Facebook post about accidentally giving his son hot sauce.
According to the BBC, the hot sauce drama started when Paul Dawson and his girlfriend were out eating a quick meal with their 5-day-old son. The report stated that Dawson attempted to pacify his son with his knuckle, forgetting that he was eating hot wings at the time.
When his son made a funny face, Dawson realized his mistake and made a Facebook post at an attempt at humor:
"Apparently five-day-old babies don't like it when their dads put their fingers in their mouths after eating hot wings. Unintentionally by the way. Lol," wrote Dawson on Facebook.
The new father thought that would be the end of it, but that was far from the case.
British media outlet The Sun reported that a couple of days later, Dawson received a knock at the door. But instead of a friend or neighbor coming over to see the barely one-week-old child, it was the police who were there to check and see if the child was okay.
"I opened the door and asked what was up. They replied 'you don't know then?' and I said I didn't have a clue," Dawson told the outlet. "That's when they told me that I had apparently been feeding my son hot sauce."
When the officers told Dawson that they were contacted by an unknown party, they needed to further investigate the situation. Dawson was so upset by the encounter that he had his girlfriend finish the conversation and try to explain the situation.
"My girlfriend then asked the officers if they'd even read the Facebook post," Dawson said. "They hadn't, so they were shown it and they just looked embarrassed. They apologized and admitted that they shouldn't have been called and then left."
A spokesperson from the Cleveland Police Department provided the following statement in response: "Police received a call from a member of the public regarding concern for the welfare of a baby on Tuesday 8 January. As a result, two officers were deployed to an address in Stockton to speak with the parents of the baby to understand the circumstances of the report. Officers were satisfied that the baby was safe and well and there were no further enquiries carried out."
What do you think about all of this? Should someone have called the police on a father who accidentally gave his son hot sauce? Should the police have responded to something so trivial without having all the information first?
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