BUFFALO GROVE, IL (NBC) - A 10-year-old Illinois boy not happy with the noodle soup his father served him for dinner was so upset he called 911.
The son picked up the phone and called but hung up when someone answered, authorities said.
The father answered when police called back.
"He was misbehaving and I told him, 'Call them, let them come over here and see who is right,'" the unidentified father said, according to the released 911 recordings. "He thinks it's just a joke, this 911. I'm telling him that it's not a joke and we have to impose some rules."
The embarrassed boy soon realized he'd gone too far when police officer Anthony Goldstein arrived at the door of the family home.
"He was eating when I was there and he had his head down and he knew, he even said that he'd done wrong," Goldstein recalled.
The incident serves as a reminder to parents to stress the importance of using 911 services correctly.
"Parents can open this up as a tool to communicate and make sure that kids know that house rules are house rules and that unless it's very serious, in which the police need to come, whether it's physical violence or something else, but in other kinds of situations, that rules need to be followed in the home," Steve Husak, with the Buffalo Grove police department, said.
Last November, the department received a 911 hang-up call and when officers went to the home, a 15-year-old boy said that he had called because his parents had taken away his Xbox gaming system as a punishment.
"The young man was upset and asked if it was legal for his parents to take his stuff away," Husak said. "The officers told him it was and that he should listen to his parents next time."