Call 911 If You Need Genuine Help, Not Psychiatric Help!

January 17, 2007

I was just talking with a couple friends of mine on Skype and the conversation lulled so where do we end up but looking at funny videos on YouTube. I sent them one that I count as a favourite and it involves a woman calling 911 and they actually offer to come over and shoot her daughter. The operator is saying it as a joke but it is obviously not in least bit funny whatever way you spin it.

I looked for a few more examples of 911 calls gone bad or funny and came across a few more examples. Not only do people misuse the emergency phone number that is there for people to call when there is a genuine emergency. 911 has the same function as the UK’s 999 allows the citizen to contact the emergency services from any phone that has a dialtone, regardless of the cost. I would call these people who are using it as a number to complain about their order in Burger King or other trivial endevour hardly worth the time it takes to speak the words.

The video above is the worst of any of these examples. The police are called via 911 and the idiotic woman caller tells the dispatcher that she was attracted to a police officer who had just been out to her house and wanted to know if the dispatcher could relay her phone number to him! You have to hear it to believe it.

My message to everyone and anyone who is tempted to call the emergency services, unless it’s obviously very serious like your mother is lying on the floor in writhing pain, think twice before phoning the emergency services…they are there to offer emergency help, it’s not there as a free dating service or burger patrol, be smart!

3 Responses to “Call 911 If You Need Genuine Help, Not Psychiatric Help!”

  1. maupassant Says:

    I’ve been around longer than you. I remember well more than one suicide of people I knew. Not the least bit funny. Believe me a *genuine* psychiatric emergency can be every bit as urgent and life-threatening as any other.

  2. dun4d Says:

    wow, way to put a downer on a day

  3. Carmelo Says:

    I stumbled here by the tag surfer thingy ma-jig, and seriously people make much more stupid calls than those you mentioned, I’ve listened to them in ambulance HQ.

    Try http://www.neenaw.co.uk, a dispathcer for london ambulance, if you want a real taste of what people will phone an ambulance for.


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