911 Operators Reveal The Most Interesting Reasons People Have Called Dispatch
Y'all know there is also a "Non-emergency" response number to call?
Is everyone not aware that calling 911 frivolously is a crime? It is. Those poor people on the other end are balancing life and death every other second, the last thing they need is us tying up the line with lunacy. And unlike the rest of us, 911 dispatchers are not aloud to hang up on you no matter how asinine you sound. They have the patients of a tortoise. However, some of the tales they could tell have got to be genius.
Redditor u/SeargantWasp wanted to hear how everyone is using 911 as more of a hotline by asking.... 911 Dispatchers of Reddit, What's the most interesting reason someone called 911?
Sounds about right....Giphy
A guy wanted to go to the ER because he drunkenly pooped his pants after drinking cheap vodka and eating taco bell. _CattleRustler_
Pretty standard Saturday night at my house. Minus calling 911 to tell someone. Moleypeg
Dumbo? Is that you?
I've told the full story before, but the short version is that a lady called 911 to ask if we were the people that dealt with the elephants. I told her that we were and she proceeded to inform me that there was an elephant in her room. Usually it was a really nice elephant but tonight it had a gleam in its eye and she was concerned.
Dementia is a funny thing sometimes. TheOtherCrow
Violence is violence....
One of my more memorable was the lady who called while coming to the station and she wanted to report a domestic disturbance.
Had her continue to the station but what she failed to mention was that the domestic was between her 24yo son and the dog. Apparently the son yelled at and pushed the dog out of his room because it was interfering with the fact he was in the middle of having sex with his girlfriend.
Mom wanted us to interview the dog before arresting her son after getting the dog's statement. Just the for the record the son was not arrested and the dog was not interviewed. 1_disasta
You're innocent Sir.
We had a guy with a mental disorder keep calling every few days asking us if he had run over someone. He couldn't relax until we said "No, ______ you didn't run over anyone. Everything is ok." Sometimes he would come by and have you check under his car. Poor fella. Feenix342342
I'm not a dispatcher. My dad has dementia and keeps calling 911.
I feel sorry for the dispatchers.
He never remembers why he called. Although this last time he told my mom "they don't seem to mind." jn29
My dad is the dispatcher. Got a call once from someone completely out of their mind, barely able to articulate themselves. Kept screaming. But he could make out that there was an unresponsive woman. Nothing more. Following his training and the guidelines he made the guy calm down a bit, check for a pulse and when there was none told him to do CPR. You learn ways to persuade people who are in shock to just follow your orders and so the guy did as well.
When his colleagues arrived my dad finally learned what was up with that woman. He had practically forced the poor guy to do CPR on his beheaded wife.
Edit: The son did this for reasons I do not know. For those of you asking why the husband didn't just mention what had happend to his wife: he was too much in shock to say these words or even really realize the situation. Following the order to do CPR is, I guess, clinging to the hope that everything will be fine. Awfully_Wee_Billy_B
My friend works dispatch and I asked her this a few months ago. She said that there's a couple that complains at least once a month that someone is shooting pornography through their window via some sort of projector and whenever the cops come it's not there anymore. No one knows if it's actually happening or not haha. erdaca
It's really difficult to answer questions like this because you get so many calls, they all just blur together, and tbh, A LOT of them are really weird. Like, A LOT.
After a while you get so many calls that are screaming word salad from schizophrenics, or angry rambling drunks, or paranoid dementia patients, or crazy violence, or weird injuries and medical conditions, etc that your definition of what makes an "interesting" call changes a lot from what most people would find interesting.
But to actually answer your question, I guess the lady who wanted to report her boyfriend for domestic violence because "he made the chili too spicy on purpose, and he knows I have the sh**s." TheDogWhistle
Had a schizo lady thinking there were cameras in her food and someone hiding in her apt. The first time, I spoke with her for maybe 2 and a half minutes before confirming she was crazy. She called back like 30s after we got off the phone. And we spoke for all of 30s as well.
You are NOT legally allowed to hang up until you CONFIRM there is a non-emergency or the situation is a false alarm. Or unless they become belligerent or uncooperative.
Jaded dispatchers do it anyway, though. Disgusts me. Yalyx
Hands Off what's Mine!Giphy
I have a friend who working on his way to becoming an officer. One day he was at the station when he comes across a police report of responding to a 911 call from a six year old boy. Reason: he didn't want to share his candy. SecretCollector