911 can't help you with everything
The very first emergency call was placed on February 16, 1968 by Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite from the Haleyville City Hall to U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill who was located at the city’s police station. Over the next decade, more and more cities put 911 into their infrastructure to save lives and avoid calamity. Everyone knows now that you can call 911 and help will soon be on the way.
However, such easy access to your city’s police or fire department does invite people to misuse the program… like, a lot. These 911 operators have had to field some rather ridiculous calls and they want you to know that misusing 911 can be punished with a fine or jail-time.
Once got a call about a stolen matchbook from the callers front porch. Ashtray and cigarettes were left untouched. Caller was so worked up and concerned about a prowler that I sent an officer over. Matches were located in the garden, where they had fallen over the railing. Caller immediately demanded the officer leave the property. (nannikins)
Frosty is Alive
My hometown received national attention when a woman rang 999 because her snowman had been stolen from her garden. An actual snowman. Not a ceramic garden decoration, a facsimile of a man made out of fallen snow.
The words “Someone’s nicked mah snowman” haunt me. (boomboomk9000)
Not a 911 operator, but I do mapping for 911. An operator had a call once from someone that was extremely concerned that emergency services wouldn’t be able to find his house if he ever needed them. Not a reason to call the emergency number, but still a valid concern.
The call gets kicked over to me and I’m on the phone with him going through a checklist to verify the location of his address. I ask him a few times what prompted his concerns about emergency services not being able to find his house and he just mumbles something like “I just know they won’t”.
I eventually get things worked out, his address is in our system and in the correct location, and I assure him that we will be able to find his house. There’s a few seconds of silence on his end, then he says, “Well if the police know where I live and can get here why couldn’t Pizza Hut find my house last night?” He hung up before I could respond. (JosefGordonLightfoot)