A famous name turned up in a 911 call from October 2008. In the weeks leading up to his brother's failed presidential bid, Joe McCain allegedly called 911 near Alexandria, Va., wanting to know why traffic was stopped on his side of Interstate 95 and not the opposite direction, as heard on the audio recording.
When he hung up, the 911 officer called the number back and got a voicemail message saying it belonged to Joe McCain and that he hoped Sen. John McCain would be elected on Nov. 4. Joe McCain then allegedly called 911 back, upset about the message left by the operator stating that abusing 911 could be a criminal matter.
"Someone gave me this riot act about the violation of police," McCain can be heard saying on the second call..
"911 is used for emergencies, only not just because you're sitting in traffic," the officer replied.
Joe McCain could not be reached for comment.
Jean Fortune, 66, was charged with misuse of 911 communications after placing a Feb. 7 call when a Boynton Beach, Fla., Burger King ran out of lemonade.
Talking to the dispatcher from his car outside the drive-thru window, Fortune said he ordered a complete meal, but was only told about the lemonade shortage when he pulled forward to pay.
Then he complained that he was told his food would take 15 minutes to finish.
"If the food's not done, sir, the food's not done, " the dispatcher told him.
But when he protested, telling her that he came from work and that he was hungry, the dispatcher becomes noticeably frustrated with the call, which lasted for about 5 minutes.
"Customer service is not a reason to call 911," she told Fortune. "911 is if you're dying."
When Fortune told her no money or food had exchanged hands, she advised him to simply drive away. But he persisted and told the dispatcher that he pulled into the parking lot to wait for police.
A Florida man got more than he asked for when he called 911 -- twice -- in August to complain that a Jacksonville Subway sandwich shop didn't properly prepare his order, two sandwiches with everything.
"I got a situation over here at Subway," Reginald Peterson said on the recording. "I'm not going to sit here and pay $12 for $10 freaking sandwiches and don't get what I paid for."
The sandwiches, at his request, went into the trash.
Local media later reported that he pleaded no contest to the charges and was fined $283 and sentenced to time served, which was one day in jail.