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Old 19 December 2007, 06:41 PM
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There are some good UK ones here. My personal favourite is "Salmon Sandwiches", where a guy dials 999 because he considers that his wife has not left him something decent for dinner. The caller has such indignation in his voice, it's a scream.
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Old 19 December 2007, 08:27 PM
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I work at my local police headquarters. We always advise people that if they need an officer to respond whether it's a life-threatening emergency or not, they should call 911. If they call the non-emergency number, they will simply be transferred to 911.
That happened to me too once; there was a couple arguing loudly / fighting in the street outside my house, and because there had been a campaign against dialling 999 unless it was definitely an emergency I looked up the non-emergency number first, and got transferred to 999. Although by the time I got through, apparently several other people had reported it, and when I looked out again there was already a car pulling up.
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Old 20 December 2007, 06:13 PM
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Unless you are in immediate danger of life and limb, you should not be calling 911 (or the local equivelant in your area). It's 3am and I'm scared is a matter for you to report on a non-emergency number. Since you obviously have a phone (or esle you couldn't dial 911), call information and ask to the non-emergency number for the local police. But wanting a police escort because it is late and you are scared is not an emergency.
Actually, there is no non-emergency contact number to police, fire, etc. You call 911 for everything, and they either transfer you or take a message.
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Old 20 December 2007, 06:59 PM
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Saw this rather bizarre story yesterday
Medics' call-out to bet prompts 999 warning
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PARAMEDICS called to a house to treat a collapsed man got the shock of their lives when he jumped up and shouted "I'm only joking" before telling his wife she had lost a 5 bet.
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Old 20 December 2007, 07:02 PM
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Actually, there is no non-emergency contact number to police, fire, etc. You call 911 for everything, and they either transfer you or take a message.
Depends on the location. Our local PD has a non-emergency contact number, and in some communities one can dial 311.

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Old 20 December 2007, 09:02 PM
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Ah, yes, here is an ENTIRE website devoted to dumb 911 calls!

My personal favorite is the Burger King one.

http://www.911callers.com

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Old 20 December 2007, 09:44 PM
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Re: the Burger King messed-up order call:

I can confirm, at least, that the geography as described by the caller is real. I grew up in Laguna Niguel (where she says she is), and I'm sure I can identify the Burger King in question, as she mentions that she's coming from a Tae Kwon Do place and is about to jump on the toll road to head home in San Clemente. That's fairly specific info, so much so that I can probably trace her exact route from Tae Kwon Do to the toll road (about half a mile). So if nothing else, the names and places check out. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about that particular woman.

Actually, that's probably not that unfortunate.
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Old 20 December 2007, 09:52 PM
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Re: the Burger King messed-up order call:

I can confirm, at least, that the geography as described by the caller is real.
We discussed that case on the board (maybe the old version of the board) and IIRC, that the call happenned was not in doubt.
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Old 21 December 2007, 01:39 PM
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Actually, there is no non-emergency contact number to police, fire, etc. You call 911 for everything, and they either transfer you or take a message.
Actually, in Arlington, TX, you would call the PD at:

Arlington Police Department
620 West Division Street
P.O. Box 1065
Arlington, TX 76004-1065
Phone: 817-459-5700


The fire department, on the other hand, would be at:

Arlington Fire Department
620 W. Division St. 2nd Floor
Arlington, Texas 76010
Phone: 817-459-5500
Fax: 817-459-5507


Animal control:

Arlington Animal Services
5920 W. Pioneer Parkway
Mail Stop 52-0100
P. O. Box 90231
Arlington, Texas 76004-3231
Phone: 817-451-3436
Fax: 817-451-9573


There may not be a 311 type service in Arlington (I didn't look hard, there *may* be) but there are non-emergency numbers to call. The city itself has all that info available on it's website HERE.

No 311 service =/= no non-emergency numbers.

IMO these numbers should be on a magnet on the fridge anyway for any out of town guests that may not know where your phone book is. Also, for us lazy folks (me) who don't want to have to look it up every time.

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Old 03 January 2008, 04:24 PM
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Ah, yes, here is an ENTIRE website devoted to dumb 911 calls!

My personal favorite is the Burger King one.

http://www.911callers.com

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Old 03 January 2008, 04:27 PM
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I had a cousin call 911 because he couldn't find his toys.
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Old 30 July 2008, 11:47 AM
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In Baltimore, years ago before 911, the number to dial if you needed police or fire was 222-3333. Unless they have changed things in the last 5 years, that is still a working number for non-emergencies -- at least that's the number they answered when I called about barking dogs and stoned teens keeping me awake all night.
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Old 30 July 2008, 05:44 PM
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IIRC, the local police aren't allowed to give "rides." If an officer has come to the scene for some reason, they will usually wait with you, but they won't take you anywhere.
Is this true for highway patrol as well? Because when I had my car accident the cop took me to a pizza place(where he was going to have lunch) instead of sending me in the tow truck. My parents could have just as easily picked me up from the tow yard but I think he was worried about sending me alone with the tow truck driver.
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Old 30 July 2008, 06:24 PM
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I never worked for 911, but just to give another ancedote, years ago I did work for AAA Dispatch. We were trained and instructed to immediately get police on the phone and requested dispatched out, if a client called with even a hint of fear in her/his voice.

It only happened to me once, but I had one woman call whose car broke down in a very bad part of town--she was white and young. This part of town was just one of those places that you did not want to be broken down in, that's how bad it was. Anyway, she called us to have her car towed and was in tears scared.

My supervisor got on the line with me (listening only) and basically instructed me to stay on the line with her while he requested police to show up. Nothing ever happened to her but I think I was just as scared as she was--the longest 15 minute phone call I've ever been on.

When I asked why they did this (request police when it wasn't an emergency) I was told that if something did happen to her after I hung up the call(took the call, sent out a truck), that not only could AAA be held liable, but so could I. So AAA took any call where the caller had a hint of distress, very serious.


Oh and Griffin020--there IS a non-emergency number available for every police department. It's still dispatch and a recorded line, but it is a non-emergency number and it is listed in every phone book everyone gets.
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Old 30 July 2008, 06:42 PM
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Actually, there is no non-emergency contact number to police, fire, etc. You call 911 for everything, and they either transfer you or take a message.
There has to be one, at least during normal business hours. I can't imaging calling 911 to schedule a fire inspector to inspect your building or to ask if you need a particular form.
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Old 30 July 2008, 06:54 PM
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There has to be one, at least during normal business hours. I can't imaging calling 911 to schedule a fire inspector to inspect your building or to ask if you need a particular form.
Around here, they advertise regularly on TV to not call 911 unless it's a life threatening emergency. They suggest checking shelbycounty911.org when looking for a non-emergency number.
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Old 21 September 2008, 05:34 PM
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Lets not forget this classic from Detroit, Michigan circa 1997:

Dispatcher: 9-1-1..What is your emergency?

Caller: Its my friend. He is not breathing, I think he is dead.

Dispatcher: Sir, try to stay calm. We need to make sure he is dead.

Caller: Ummm, okay (moments later a loud noise is heard over the phone)

Dispatcher: Sir, is everything ok? What was that nosie?

Caller: You just told me to make sure he was dead. I just shot him

that's an old Peter Sellers routine
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Old 21 September 2008, 06:35 PM
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Why don't they just charge the eedjits for wasting their time?
In the UK you cannot be charged for wasting Ambulence services time. As I understand the situation from Reynold's blog, the reasoning is that they fear it may discourage genuine callers. Apparently they already have enough trouble, particulalry with elderly patients, fearing that their emergency calls are a rude imposition on the ambulence service.

EDIT: Whoops, didn't notice the second page.
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Old 21 September 2008, 07:05 PM
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IMO these numbers should be on a magnet on the fridge anyway for any out of town guests that may not know where your phone book is. Also, for us lazy folks (me) who don't want to have to look it up every time.
I think that's part of the problem, that they don't give out those numbers as easily any more. I remember getting those red stickers for the phone with the police, fire and ambulance numbers on them when I was a kid. (I think the local fire departments gave them out.) Now they all just say "Emergency: Call 911" in huge numbers. Maybe they should make a hybrid version of that type of sticker now, with 911 at the top and non-emergency numbers underneath it.

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Around here, they advertise regularly on TV to not call 911 unless it's a life threatening emergency. They suggest checking shelbycounty911.org when looking for a non-emergency number.
That's a good idea, except that not everyone has internet service.
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Old 21 September 2008, 09:47 PM
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Of course, 911 operators can sometimes do stupid things too.

The woman who called 911 there did so for an inappropriate reason, but that doesn't excuse what the 911 operator did.
That's pretty rude, but nothing anywhere near like what this was this.
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