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Top 10 Stupidest Reasons Why People Call 911

Updated on March 16, 2013
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911 is the emergency telephone number reserved for serious emergency circumstances in North America. People can be charged for attempting to use the service for any other purpose than a serious emergency as lives may be in danger while essential emergency resources such as; Police. Fire, and Ambulance are distracted by frivolous calls, Since the service was instated decades ago however, people have been calling it for some very stupid reasons. Thousands of calls have been recorded and released publicly that highlight the unwise circumstances that some people engage the service for. This is a list of my top 10 stupidest reasons why people call 911.

#10 Help in getting out of a silly situation. In 2006 a Michigan police officer broke procedure and pocketed some Pot Brownies he’d confiscated from a suspect. He then did an even stupider thing when he and his wife decided to have some fun with it. After ingesting about a quarter ounce of the marijuana laced Brownies he and his wife started feeling very sick and called 911 for help. They told the 911 dispatcher that they thought that they were already dead from the way they felt.

October 2008, in the weeks leading up to his brother's failed presidential bid, Joe McCain allegedly called 911 near Alexandria, Virginia, wanting to know why traffic was stopped on his side of Interstate as he was late for a political rally.

#9 Mental Confusion. An 18 year old man called 911 two times trying to convince a dispatcher that everything in his dream was happening for real and he was scared for his life. He had apparently smoked synthetic marijuana prior to taking a nap.

In Hertfordshire, U.K. a man made an emergency call to report a mysterious flying object. Upon describing the object to the dispatcher it was determined that the object was the moon.

A Florida woman sounded reasonably sane during her 911 call but it’s a mystery why She’s in a parking lot, her car won’t start, she’s locked in, and freaking out. The dispatcher simply advised her to pull up on the lock which worked. Her car battery had possibly died disabling the car’s electrical system. Getting too used to technology, I’d say.

#8 When denied entry. A man in Beaverton, Oregon, was turned away at a nightclub because the bouncer said he was too intoxicated to go inside. This smart guy decided to call 911 over the incident. When the police arrived, they found cocaine stuffed in his sock

#7 To complain about a spouse/family. Frustrated by her husband’s porn watching obsession, a woman calls 911 to report that she couldn’t take it anymore. She told the dispatcher that he is not even interested in the real thing and asked for advice in what to do. The dispatcher had to simply laugh and advise her to seek a relationship counselor.

#6 To inform on themselves. A 49 year old woman in Missouri made an emergency 911 call to report a drunk driver. The 911 dispatcher immediately sprung to attention because drunk driving is a very serious issue and no report of a DWI is ever taken lightly.“Are you behind the drunk driver right now?” inquired the dispatcher. “No, I am the drunk driver” said the obviously incoherent woman.

#5 Simply lost. In Danvers, Massachusetts, a family of 4 became confused when they couldn't seem to make their way out of a maze of maize. Officers quickly found the family within nine minutes of entering the maze.

#4 Bad parenting. A Florida mother was arrested after calling 911 and asking officers to come out and scare the shit out of my kids because they weren’t being obedient enough. When the Police arrived they arrested her instead.

A Bedford, Ohio, man had a dispute with his 28year old son over his messy room and decided that it was time to get help with his parenting woes so he called 911 for help.

#3 To report a botched restaurant order. A 20-year-old in Aloha, Oregon, called 911 to report that McDonald’s had left an orange juice off of his order. And in another unrelated McDonald’s incident, a woman called 911 to report that she ordered a 10-piece chicken nuggets with a small fry but the teller said they don’t have nuggets and refused to refund her money.

In Boynton Beach, Fla. a 66yr old woman was charged with misuse of 911 communications after placing a call to complain that Burger King had run out of lemonade. Also, after receiving his sandwich shop order a Man calls 911 to complain that the sandwich he ordered was not made correctly.

#2 Prank calling. It seems likecommon sense is not common in some people. Although they know it’s wrong some people still take the risk of being charged with playing around with the 911 system.A Texas woman wanted to make sheriff's deputies the butt of a joke, but she picked the wrong audience when she called 911 to have cigarettes delivered to her home. The police quickly arrived and arrested her.

Dispatchers in Norfolk, Va. received a 911 call Tuesday reporting that a baby lion was strolling down the street, potentially on the hunt for its next meal. When the cops arrived that discovered that it was only a dog shaved to look like a Lion.

#1 Personal Assistance. Personal assistance calls to 911 involve getting help from the police when people are in desperate non-life threatening situations. Many such calls involve help to get cigarettes, beer, and even sex.

In Columbia, Tennessee, Police arrested a 67-year-old man after he allegedly called emergency dispatchers at least nine times asking if someone could send him a ride so he could go buy beer.

In Washington County, Oregon, a 45 year old woman called 911 to ask if a police officer could come back to her home for personal reasons. The officer had just left her home after responding to a noise complaint she made about a neighbor. Why did she want him back? You might ask. "He is the cutest cop I've seen in God knows how long" said the love struck woman.


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      4 years ago from Jamestown TN

      Our best one to date was a mother and son who called 911 to make a drug deal and the dispatcher on duty was a full time narcotics officer for the city. Needless to say the transaction was made on a recorded line and exchange in person while the officer was still in their dispatch uniform and the two would be dealers got a one way trip to jail.

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      4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Too funny!

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      Insightful Tiger 

      5 years ago

      "common sense is not so common" That statement is perfectly proven in this list. I can't believe that people would actually do things like this! Some of the calls were funny, but some of the calls just make me shake my head. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and funny :)

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      Peter Messerschmidt 

      5 years ago from Port Townsend

      Ah, those are funny. Reminds me of reading "News of the Weird" in the local news weekly, back when I lived in Texas...

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      5 years ago

      Your welcome LisaMarie724 and Pamdora that story sounds familiar to a few I left off the list because they didn't quite fit into the category of silly calls. Those are people who call 911 for a good reason but end up in trouble with the law for other unrelated reasons. Thanks for your input.

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      5 years ago

      Great list. Here's one more--from a young lady who was justified in calling 911 but still didn't have it work out so well. This was somebody my husband and his ex knew in Spokane, Washington, back around 1973. A man crawled through her bedroom window with rape on his mind. She'd been exhausted after a late restaurant shift as a waittress and had fallen asleep fully dressed on her couch, though, which helped. She woke up to find a man straddling her chest...and TALKED him out of it.

      When he finally left, she called the cops...and got arrested. The fuzz never found the wannabe rapist, but she'd ignored a bunch of jaywalking tickets.

      Voted Up and Over.

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      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Funny! Can't believe some of this stuff, thanks for the laughs.


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