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.

“I specifically asked for little turkey, and little ham, a lot of cheese and a lot of mayonnaise and they are giving me a hard time,” the man tries to explain in the call placed Wednesday afternoon from a deli in East Hartford.

He then adds, “I wonder if you can stop by and just–” before the understandably perplexed operator interrupts to ask, “You’re calling 911 because you don’t like the way they’re making your sandwich?”

“Exactly,” responds the caller.

The operator suggests he just not shop at that store if he’s unhappy with the sandwich preparation, but the man continues on, as if 911 is the proper place to call to resolve ticky-tacky disputes with local merchants.

“I mean, I just want to solve this the right way,” he said. “Her sister made it, but she left. They are playing games with me, so I was just wondering if you could come by… I just want it resolved and I want to be able to come back here and get the regular sandwich that I ask for.”

The operator was able to bring the tense showdown to an end by getting the man to say in the future he’d look at his sandwich before he pays for it.

The deli’s owner tells the local NBC affiliate that the man had placed an order for 14 sandwiches but then refused to pay for them. But the deli couldn’t take them back because they were custom orders.

He apparently called the next day to apologize and let them know he’d still be buying his sandwiches there in the future.

In spite of the fact that the man wasted minutes of the 911 operator’s time complaining about sandwiches, the police have not filed any charges against him.

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Man Calls 911 Over Sandwich Order [NBC Connecticut]

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