On October 7, 2013, The London Fire Brigade sent out a message to the public, asking residents to use common sense after taking calls of people being stuck or trapped in awkward positions. One of the calls included a man who got his penis stuck in a toaster.
The Brigade stated they have received 1,300 emergency requests since 2010 and all could have been avoided had residents used their heads for more than hat holders.
A 911 call was received, asking for assistance in removing an adult from a child’s car. Seventy-nine phone calls came in over the three year period from adults who had placed themselves in handcuffs for various reasons and needed to be freed, according to The Mirror.
Third Officer Dave Brown said of the calls:
Some of the incidents our firefighters are called out for could be prevented with a little common sense. I don’t know whether it’s the ‘Fifty Shades’ effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up.
What are men doing to their genitals lately? Calls received also included nine men who had rings stuck on their penises. It was reported that four people had their hands inside blenders and they could not remove them without assistance. Five people had placed their hands into paper shredders.
There is a good word of advice for these folks; keep your hands, feet, heads, legs and genitals away from anything that can shred, tear, snag or rip any part of your body. Keep your genitals in your pants, your hands by your side and avoid the nagging voice in your head telling you to put your hand in a paper shredder to see what would happen.
As if 911-operators aren’t busy enough, we have a woman in Aloha, Oregon who called 911 after deputies left her home on a noise complaint. She dialed the emergency number because she thought one of the deputies who had come to her home was a “cutie pie” and she wanted him to return.
She got her wish; the cute deputy did return and this time he wasn’t so nice. He arrested the woman for calling 911 without an actual emergency. She owes a fine of thousands of dollars and landed in jail for up to a year.
We travel to Florida, where a woman dialed 911 because she was locked inside of her own car. Yes, locked inside of her own car. I will give you a moment to think about that one.
The woman had parked in front of a Walgreen’s in Kissimmee. She dialed 911 after figuring out her car would not start and she was locked inside.
My car will not start. I’m locked inside my car. Nothing electrical works and it’s getting very hot in here and I’m not feeling well.
After explaining this to dispatch, the dispatcher suggested she pull her lock up. The woman tried it and was amazed that it worked. Miracles never cease.
A 45-year-old man who was unemployed at the time, was arrested for abusing the emergency system after he phoned the dispatcher over 27,000 times.
Police stated John Triplette was just a lonely man who called the dispatchers for companionship. Along with goofy conversational topics, he would often call to make noises, including grunts, bodily sounds and beeps from his touch pad. At times, Triplette would lower his voice and attempt to hold a conversation in disguise.
Police tracked the T-Mobile cell phone he made the calls from and he was arrested. He apologized for the calls and stated he only made them because they were free. Triplette faces a $1,000 fine and received six months in jail.
Some people just have to have their McNuggets. A woman in Florida dialed 911 three times to complain the McDonald’s she visited were out of the tasty treats and it was a fast food emergency.
Latreasa Goodman dialed police to state that the cashier refused a refund. After police arrived, she told officers that it was an emergency.
Goodman told police if she had known the restaurant was out of McNuggets, she would not have handed over her money. She said the woman wants to give her a McDouble but she didn’t want one of those.
She was arrested, needless to say and the police pressed charges on her for the misuse of the emergency line.
A woman in Fort Worth, Texas reported her food problems to the police after visiting a restaurant and ordering the fried rice. The fried rice dish did not contain as many shrimp as she thought it should. She reported it to the dispatcher and when she was told it is not an emergency, she asked what had to happen for an officer to appear on the scene.
An officer arrived the following day to check up on the call. Workers at the restaurant said the woman was denied a refund when she was ready to leave with her order. The cook stated there was nothing wrong with her meal.
A man in Sarasota was being chased by police. He thought if he called 911 for an armed robbery that was taking place several blocks away, he could get the officers off his trail. Things didn’t work out quite the way he had hoped.
At first, the plan was looking like it was going to work. Officers stopped following the man and went to answer the call. The problem is, where there is one officer, there are others. Other officers joined in his chase and followed him into a parking lot. They approached the car until they saw a gun. The officers decided the man was a felon and he was not allowed to pack a weapon. They arrested him and discovered that he was the one who had placed the fake call from his cell phone.
At that point, a couple of other misuse of emergency staff wouldn’t have made much difference on his record.
God bless our emergency operators and officers. As if the job isn't hard enough.