Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:35:03 AM CSTUpdated On: Apr 01 2015 01:10:26 PM CDT
Have you ever considered calling 911 because of a massive spider in your house? How about because a McDonald's employee got your order wrong? Take a look at some of the strangest reasons people have recently called 911.
In March 2015, an Idaho man was arrested after calling 911 a total of 12 times to complain about being overcharged for his beer. One time, he called to tell the dispatcher that she reminded him of his ex-wife.
A Pennsylvania man was charged in Sept. with making three 911 calls to report false emergencies simply because he was lonely and wanted paramedics to show up. The first time, Shaffer claimed he had fallen down some stairs and injured his head and neck, but when paramedics arrived, they say the man was simply drunk.
In Sept., a 60-year-old Florida man called 911 eight times in two hours to complain that he had food but no refrigerator.
A Montana man called the police in August, claiming that he did not get the sex act he requested as part of his $350 private dance. Officers informed him asking an exotic dancer for a sexual gratification is illegal and put him in jail for solicitation of prostitution.
A Florida man called 911 in June 2014 to report his wife had thrown out his beer. After dispatchers told him only to call 911 if there was an emergency, he proceeded to call back seven times over four hours.
A Florida man called 911 in May 2014 to report he was lost and being chased by wild hogs. The man was arrested when deputies said they found he was driving on a suspended or revoked license and discovered stolen items in his backpack.
In May, a woman called 911 because employees at a Subway in Gastonia, North Carolina put marinara sauce on her flatizza instead of pizza sauce. She was arrested and charged with misusing the 911 system.
In March, a 7-year-old boy in Utah called 911 claiming that his mom had thrown a knife at him. When deputies responded to the home, they found e actually called 911 because his mom wouldn't give him more Oreo cookies. Officers had a long talk with the child.
In February, a woman was arrested after she called 911 to complain that a "sexy" officer who had been at her home earlier refused to have sex with her, despite her intoxicated invitations.
Police were dispatched to a residence in Chesnee, S.C. (pop. 868) in February after a 58-year-old woman called 911 stating that she and her 72-year-old husband had been having some "sex problems" and that he wants her to "hook up with his sisters." The woman was requesting that the sisters stay away from her residence. A deputy explained the state's trespass law to the woman and left.
In January 2014, authorities say a New Mexico woman called in a fake report of a gunman near a convenience store to help a friend avoid a traffic ticket over a taillight.
In January 2014, a Louisiana man called 911 and told dispatchers he "needed a woman." Police did not bring him a woman, but did bring him to jail -- after he called 911, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies looked into his criminal history and found he was a sex offender who hadn't told authorities he had moved.
In January 2014, a 68-year-old grandmother called 911 after her granddaughter refused to get her a beer, according to Memphis police. Rosie Pate is accused of dialing 911 and asking for "police assistance in getting a beer." She was charged with domestic assault and making a non-emergency 911 call.
In November 2013, a man called 911 because his neighbors were being "mean" and refused to drink with him on his birthday. He called 911 again 30 minutes later with the exact same complaint and was arrested.
In November 2013, a Wisconsin man called 911 to ask for assistance in removing a woman from his bed who was "snoring like a train."
In October 2013, a man was arrested by police in Memphis, Tenn., after calling 911 when he was overcharged for a beer by a penny at a local store. The clerk had refused to hand over the penny, so he called 911 -- three times.
In October 2013, a woman was arrested by police in Billings, Mont. because she called 911 to report that she was too drunk to get out of her vehicle. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.311.
In September 2013, a British man called 999 - UK's equivalent to 911 - to complain that pieces of cork were floating in his wine, reports ABC News. The man was drinking at a bar and demanded a full refund from the staff. When they refused, he called the police to help settle the issue. The dispatcher did not send an officer to the bar.
In August 2013, a North Carolina man who claimed to have hiked into the forest seeking out paranormal activity ended up calling 911 when he got lost in the woods. Sonny Clay Hyatt told police he got separated from his friends while they were investigating ghosts, but later admitted that he and his friends actually went into the woods to make methamphetamine. The suspects got into an argument when the cook failed, and the other two left separately.
In August 2013, a teenage girl in Oregon called 911, not for an emergency, but a "massive freaking" spider. The girl told the perplexed dispatcher that she was home alone with the spider and didn't know what to do, according to 911 records obtained by Portland TV station KPTV. An officer did respond to the scene and disposed of it with an old-fashioned rolled up newspaper, police told KPTV.
Many people unnecessarily call 911 with fast food restaurant complaints. In July 2013, a Georgia man was arrested and charged with abusing the emergency 911 emergency services after he called to report that one of the seven McDoubles he ordered at McDonald's was missing. Lorenzo Riggins confronted a McDonald's employee, who gave him "attitude" so he called the police.
In Feb. 2013, An Indiana man tried to order a cheeseburger by calling 911 nine times. 52-year-old Gregory Jackson Sr. has reportedly had past run-ins with police, and calling 911 nine times in just 90 minutes in an attempt to order a cheeseburger was yet another brush with the law that got him arrested.
All Jarvis Sutton wanted was Kool-Aid, some burgers and a little weed. But in April 2013, he called the wrong folks to get them. According to police, the 34-year-old St. Petersburg, Fla., man called 911 about 80 times requesting the items, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Sutton admitted to making the calls and faced a charge of misusing the 911 system.
Mary Strey of Granton, Wisc., got behind the wheel of her car in 2010 after consuming numerous brandy and Cokes at neighborhood bars, but soon realized she couldn't drive. So she called 911 on herself. "Somebody's really drunk driving down Granton Road," she reported. "Are you behind them?" the dispatcher asked. "No," the woman replied, "I am them."
In 2009, Hee Orama, of Clarksville, Tenn., made repeated calls to police complaining that her significant other would not marry her. Even after being told that her problem did not qualify as an emergency, she kept calling, until police arrested her on Nov. 4. Orama had also been taken into custody the week prior for calling 911 because she couldn't find her car.
An Ohio man called 911 in 2009 after his live-in adult son refused to clean his messy bedroom. Andrew Mizsak, a 28-year old member of the Bedord, Ohio school board who lived in his father's basement, was reportedly "crying uncontrollably" when he promised police he would clean his room. His father declined to press charges, saying he didn't want to hurt his son's political career.
A Florida woman called 911 in 2009 saying she was stuck inside her car with the windows up in a Walgreen's parking lot. Her engine wouldn't start, and it was getting hot. The 911 operator's advice directed the woman to unlock the door and pull the door handle. The woman became free from the car.
Presidential candidate John McCain's younger brother Joe called 911 in 2008 after getting stuck in traffic near Washington's Wilson Bridge. The younger McCain cursed and hung up on the operator when he was told that this was not an emergency. McCain later called 911 again, this time to complain about a message left on his voicemail by the first emergency operator.
In 2006, Michigan police officer Edward Sanchez called 911 after he had pocketed some marijuana seized during an arrest, baked it into pot brownies and fell into a drug-induced fit of panic. "We made brownies, and I think we're dead. Time is going by really really really really slow," Sanchez told the dispatcher. Sanchez escaped prosecution by offering to resign from the force.
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