Like the opening scene in the horror classic "Scream," a Canadian mother was horrified to hear the sounds of her daughter being attacked on the other end of the phone -- or, at least, what she thought was the sounds of her daughter in distress. In fact, the girl had accidentally "butt-dialed" her mother while watching a horror film, unwittingly transmitting the sounds of screams and murderous threats from the film, reported ABC News Friday.
“The mom picked up the phone and heard lots of screaming, running, threatening comments. She panicked and when she couldn’t reach her daughter called 911,” said Constable Mike Russell of the Victoria, B.C. police, according to the news report.
Butt-dialing, or pocket-dialing, is an unintended cell-phone call made by sitting on the speed dial buttons of your cell phone, especially when in your back pocket or purse.
The call seemed all that much more legitimate as mother and daughter had argued earlier and the distraught mom didn't know where her daughter was at the time of the call. That also prompted police to take it more seriously, and even after they discovered she was at a movie theater in Victoria, they considered the possibility of an attack similar to that in Aurora, Colorado and were prepared to launch an ambush on the theater before a dispatcher finally reached the girl on her phone.
For the record, the movie was "Cabin in the Woods." And what was that girl doing with her cell phone on during the movie, anyway?