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Baraboo Police phone number mistakenly posted as number for famous rapper

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Published: Jan. 12, 2017 at 4:58 PM CST
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BARABOO, Wis. (WMTV)--- A social media post has callers inundating the Baraboo police department's non-emergency line with phone calls. The mix up has people mistakenly calling police, hoping to reach a famous rapper.

"Our communications center has been inundated with phone calls asking for a specific rapper by the name of "Lil Uzi."" Baraboo Police Captain Robert Sinden said.

Captain Sinden said they received between 100 and 200 non -emergency phone calls per hour for chart topping rapper Lil Uzi Vert. He explained that the calls started on January 10, after Snapchat and Facebook posts wrongly listed the non-emergency line as the personal phone number of the rapper.

"We made some changes to our system to allow for a recording to let people know that this was indeed not Uzi's number. This is a police department." Captain Sinden said.

And while the phone calls are starting to dwindle, the calls for Uzi aren't completely gone.

"He's not a representative of the Baraboo Police Department, but he appears to have a lot of talent. " said Captain Sinden.

So while it was briefly cause for a good laugh, phone calls to police are not to be taken lightly and have real consequences

"There's very few people in the dispatch center. So if they're all busy taking calls for Lil Uzi, they can't help the true emergencies that happen out there." The Captain said.

The phone number mistakenly listed was the Baraboo non-emergency line. If you have an emergency, you should always call 911.

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