Phone Company Routed 911 Calls To Automated Recording Telling Callers To Dial 911

Phone Company Routed 911 Calls To Automated Recording Telling Callers To Dial 911

Although consumers in some areas of the United States can now text message 911 in the event of an emergency, it’s always nice to know that calling a real, live human is still an option. Unless of course it isn’t, which was the case for residents of Caddo County, OK, for several months in 2013. [More]

Do Not Call 9-1-1 When Subway Puts The Wrong Sauce On Your Flatizza

Do Not Call 9-1-1 When Subway Puts The Wrong Sauce On Your Flatizza

If a restaurant makes your pizza–or, in the case of Subway, your Flatizza–incorrectly, you’re entitled to a refund. You should not, however, try to enlist the help of local law enforcement by calling 9-1-1 to report a crime against pizza. When a South Carolina woman did exactly that last week, she was sent to jail and released on bond, charged with misuse of the 9-1-1 system. [More]

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Woman Calls Cops On Herself To Defend Claim Of Raw Waffles

When you might be in trouble, it’s good to get ahead of the story. We’re not sure whether that’s what led a woman in Tampa, Florida to contact the authorities when a restaurant allegedly served her an uncooked waffle. Did she call the health department, or the Board of Breakfast Foods (which should be a thing)? Nope. She dialed 9-1-1. [More]

FCC Wants First-Responders To Know Exactly Where 911 Calls Are Coming From

FCC Wants First-Responders To Know Exactly Where 911 Calls Are Coming From

No one wants to be in a position where calling 911 is necessary, but if the situation does occur we’d all like to think first-responders could easily find us. But that’s just not the case now that more consumers are using cell phones to make emergency calls. Especially when those calls are being made indoors, out of the view of GPS satellites. [More]

Really, Massport? Really.

Mass. Governor Calls Timing Of Flaming, Smoky Fire Drills At Logan Airport On 9/11 “Just Dumb”

Bone-headed marketing promotions tying in 9/11 are one kind of insensitivity, and then there’s another kind of palm-to-head move by officials who really should know better. Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick is calling the timing of a fire training exercise full of flames and smoke at Boston’s Logan Airport on yesterday’s anniversary of the attacks “just dumb.” [More]

Oh Lovely, It Seems We Need To Do A Round-Up Of 9/11 Promotions

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We’ve barely seen any tacky 9/11 promotions over the years but this year… [head shake] there’s something about this year’s anniversary of the attacks that has companies and businesses climbing all over themselves to prove they, too, can push out a tone deaf promo in the name of patriotism and respect. We’ve seen a golf course do it, AT&T did it, and now we’ve got enough additional examples today that we have to do a round-up of the awful things.  [More]

Bad idea.

AT&T Apologizes For Reminding Customers It Sells Smartphones On 9/11

Sigh. Just… sigh. Why can’t companies just refrain from hitching their apple wagons to tragic stars? Following yesterday’s story about a golf course offering a $9.11 special in honor of 9/11, AT&T is apologizing for using 9/11 memorial imagery to remind everyone on Twitter that it sells cell phones. [More]

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A Cable Outage Is Not An Emergency That Rates Calling 911

Look, it doesn’t matter how important it is to be up to date on the latest happenings on “Dexter” or “Breaking Bad” before you get to the office on Monday. When your cable goes out, the proper reaction is to wait for a few minutes, then (perhaps) to call your cable company to make sure it isn’t just you. That is not how the good people of Connecticut reacted last night. [More]

McDonald’s Customer Arrested After Calling 9-1-1 About Mixed-Up Order

McDonald’s Customer Arrested After Calling 9-1-1 About Mixed-Up Order

A man in Georgia decided to call 9-1-1 after not receiving everything he ordered during a recent trip to his local McDonald’s. His plan backfired, however, when he was the one who ended up behind bars. [More]

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Using 911 As A Hotline For Help Ordering Chinese Food Is A Guaranteed Way To Tick Off The Cops

It’s not always easy figuring out what you want to eat, or how to navigate big menus. But if you’re feeling stuck, lost or otherwise confused about ordering in, don’t do what one woman allegedly did and call 911 for help. Unless, that is, you want to get charged with a misdemeanor. [More]

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Sprint Glitch Repeatedly Directs Police & Angry Customers To Home Of Innocent Retiree

You know how annoying it is when you keep getting calls or mail for someone that isn’t you? That’s nothing compared to the Las Vegas man who has spent two years trying to convince police and angry Sprint customers that he does not have their lost phone. [More]

Is This 9/11 Casino Promotion A Nice Tribute, Or Just Tacky?

Is This 9/11 Casino Promotion A Nice Tribute, Or Just Tacky?

Reader Bearcat44 spotted this ad in the Spokane, Wash. Spokesman-Review. It’s from an Idaho casino running a promotion tomorrow, September 11th. To honor the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, they’re offering special rates to law enforcement, medical personnel, and other first responders in order to honor “heroes who protect and serve our community.” [More]

Man Claims He Couldn't Have Called 911 To Ask For A Ride To Get Beer Because He Doesn't Own A Phone

Man Claims He Couldn't Have Called 911 To Ask For A Ride To Get Beer Because He Doesn't Own A Phone

The funny thing about calls that come in to 911 dispatchers? The number you’re calling from is displayed. That’s not new, of course, it’s kind of like caller ID before anyone else had it. So if you call 911 repeatedly and at least once ask for someone to give you a lift to pick up some brews, claiming later that you don’t have a phone isn’t going to fly with cops. [More]

To Clarify: 911 Is Not A Sandwich Complaint Hotline

To Clarify: 911 Is Not A Sandwich Complaint Hotline

Here are some valid sandwich-related reasons to call 911: An obstructed airway; anaphylactic shock; poisoning. For some reason, a Connecticut man thought the meat-to-mayo ratio of his sandwich was another justified reason for calling emergency services. [More]

Woman Sues Wells Fargo For Telling Police She Was Contemplating Suicide

An elderly Oregon woman has filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo, alleging that a bank employee harassed her by telling the police she was threatening suicide — and running up a $1,055 hospital bill in the process. [More]

Do Not Call 911 Five Times About Your Broken iPhone

Do Not Call 911 Five Times About Your Broken iPhone

911 emergency services are a very helpful community resource, but they have their limits. They cannot, for example, deliver you a pizza. Or transfer you to AppleCare when your iPhone doesn’t work. That didn’t stop a man in Illinois from doing the latter…and then getting arrested for it. [More]

Do Not Call 911 Because Taco Bell Won't Serve You When You Walk Through Drive-Thru

Do Not Call 911 Because Taco Bell Won't Serve You When You Walk Through Drive-Thru

No matter how bad you need a taco late at night, and regardless of how miffed you are that Taco Bell will not hook you up via its drive-thru when you’re on foot, your plight is not an emergency that warrants a 911 call. [More]

Woman Calls 911 Because Her Chinese Food Order Was Wrong

Woman Calls 911 Because Her Chinese Food Order Was Wrong

Savannah police have released the recording of a call a woman made to report that she got the wrong food in her Chinese food delivery. They published the call as a reminder to the public that it’s a misdemeanor to call 911 unless there’s an actual emergency. Here is a transcript and the audio of the call: [More]