Flipping through the channels a few nights back, I came across a television show on crazy emergency 911 calls that were actually made to law enforcement dispatchers. I don’t remember the title of the show, but it was quiet humorous to say the least (I get a few of these types of calls here at the newspaper throughout the year myself). The show led me to do a little research and I would like to share a few examples of crazy 911 calls I came across:
- It seems that 2012 was the year for ridiculous 911 calls in Ontario, Canada. A bemused resident called the emergency services complaining there was a squirrel on his front porch acting in a suspicious manner.
- That’s just what you need when you’re running for president. Senator John McCain was embarrassed when his brother Joe called 911 back in 2008 to complain he was stuck in traffic.
- In 2009 Wisconsin-resident Mary Strey did the honorable thing and called 911 to report a drunk-driver – herself. She told police, “Somebody’s really drunk driving down Granton Road…I am them.”
- In May 2013 Jarvis Sutton from St. Petersburg, Florida allegedly called 911 80 times in one day with an unusual shopping list. He wanted Kool-Aid, burgers and weed.
- A woman once called to try to get officers to persuade her drug dealer to stop adding hallucinogens to her crack cocaine.
- In 2012 a 20-year-old man called police to complain that his dad was trying to get him to brush his teeth against his will.
- “Day after Christmas, I’m in jail.” That’s what Florida woman Cynthia Colston told a reporter in December 2010. Her crime was dialing 911 FOUR times to complain that a nail technician gave her a bad manicure.
- A woman made a frantic call to 911 after she, her husband and their three-week-old baby got lost in a corn maze in at Connors Farm in Danvers, Massachusetts. The embarrassed new mom called the cops after darkness began to fall, saying: “The mosquitoes are eating us alive…”
- Allegedly robbing a widow’s home while she is attending her husband’s funeral is callous. Inadvertently informing the police by pocket/butt dialing them is just plain dumb…and karma at it’s best. Oklahoma authorities in July 2013 allegedly overheard two suspects talking about robbing the said home and their plans to return to get more loot.
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