Calling 9-1-1 Will Not Convince Mall Security To Push Your Wheelchair To The Apple Store

Sometimes you just need a lift to the Apple Store. Borrowing a wheelchair from the mall, then calling emergency services and demanding that security officers push you there is not how we recommend that you get there.

According to police, a 35-year-old woman borrowed a wheelchair at a mall in Massachusetts. That’s not unusual: sometimes people who don’t own their own wheelchair need one to get around the vast expanses of the American mallscape. In this case, the woman said that she had an injured leg. That’s a valid reason to borrow some wheels.

The strange part is what happened next: she asked for security to transport her to the Apple Store. they obliged, taking her from the store to her car, but wouldn’t make a return trip. That’s when she dialed up emergency services. Of course.

Instead of taking her side, the officers who showed up on the scene had a chat with her about the proper use of 9-1-1. Her rational and measured response? She called 9-1-1 again and asked for an ambulance.

Let’s review. If you have been critically injured and need an ambulance to pick you up and take you to the hospital, then it’s okay to call 9-1-1. That’s what they’re there for. If your iPhone has been critically injured and you need to transport it to the Genius Bar, this is not an acceptable use of emergency resources. Even if you really, really love your iPhone.

Police: Woman calls 911 for a push around mall [Salem News]