A skier who went off-piste with six other people ignored calls from the police after he initially called them asking for help.
Of all the things we love about technological advances, our very favorite has to be the ability to screen calls. Okay, maybe it's not the greatest thing mankind has ever thought up, but it definitely makes our lives easier. Remember when we just had to answer the phone having no idea who would be on the other end? What a nightmare.
Now our smartphones tell us who's calling while the phone is still ringing. Pulling a sicky and your boss is calling? You can make yourself sound ill before answering. Trying to duck a pesky ex who won't stop calling? Just don't answer the phone. What we wouldn't recommend is glancing down at your phone to see the police are trying to get hold of you and simply letting it go to voicemail.
That's exactly what a skier in Japan decided to do last week reports SoraNews24. Plus, to make the awkward situation even worse, it was the skier who called the police in the first place. He and six other skiers/snowboarders visiting the Furano Ski Resort had gotten lost after going off-piste. The Polish gentleman decided to call the police and proceeded to explain that his group had gotten lost in the woods near the resort.
During the initial call, police on the other end of the phone attempted to guide and direct the group back to the resort. However, before they made it back, the connection was lost. The police naturally then tried to call back, likely worried that something had happened. It was actually quite the opposite. The group had made it back to the resort and the unnamed skier simply deemed it "a pain to have to answer the phone."
Normally, the police would have likely not persisted in the way that they did to try and ensure the group was okay. However, just two days before this incident, two skiers in a nearby resort did the same thing and ended up having to spend the night in the mountains. Not good. Plus, it would have been nice if the call screener in question had shown a little gratitude to the police who helped him out.