Calling 911? Being Stupid Isn't an Emergency


Sometimes life isn't fair. But calling 911 over missing orange juice, a shortage of shrimp or missing out on the name of that really cute cop isn't likely to make things any better.

Dispatchers who handle 911 calls are trained to handle a lot of situations, but some of the calls they get are anything but emergencies. Life-and-death calls, sure, but the woman who calls to report her missing McNuggets? Not so much.

VIDEO: A man calls 911 to complain about his McDonalds food order.

The cop who was high as a kite on pot-laced brownies? Not that either.

Every few months, however, audio gets released detailing trivial -- if not ridiculous -- calls to emergency officials.

"We deal with prank calls and people checking in for the time of day," Florida's St. Lucie County Public Safety 911 operations coordinator Tiffany Bennett told "When you pick up that phone, you never know what's on the other end."

Her center has also gotten calls asking about holiday parade routes and how to fix a washing machine.

"Of course, you are going to giggle at some of the sillier stuff," she said.

Missing Juice Causes McRage

One man's spiral from the McDonald's drive-thru to jail started, like many others before him, when his fast-food order didn't meet his expectations.

Raibin Osman called 911 after not getting the carton of orange juice he ordered from an Aloha, Ore., McDonald's.

"We ordered some food and we went home and our order wasn't in there and little brother is crying for his orange juice and stuff," he told the dispatcher.

He went on to complain that the McDonald's worker refused to give him the missing OJ when they drove back with the receipt -- and gave him an attitude to boot.

"She was laughing at my brother-in-law because he ordered the food and he couldn't speak English right and she's not even showing up in the window now," he said.

The restaurant manager then also called 911 to report that Osman was blocking the drive-thru and swearing at her.

"They got mad because they told me to give them more food," she told the dispatcher. "And I told them I can't give any free food away. And they started telling me bad words and all that."

Police responded and arrested Osman for improper use of 911, according to ABC affiliate KATU. He posted bail the same day.

Shrimpless: Disaster at the Fast-Food Counter

Sometimes you just need that extra bit of protein. A Texas woman called 911 upset that she did not receive the $1.62 worth of extra shrimp in her fried rice that she paid for.

"He didn't even put extra shrimp in there, and I asked him can you give me extra shrimp or can you give my money back," she told the 911 dispatcher. "And he just started hollering."

The dispatcher said she'd send an officer to the A & D Buffalo's in Haltom City, northeast of Fort Worth.

"To get a police officer out here, what has to happen?" the woman said, to which the dispatcher assured her that an officer was on the way.

But when police arrived, the woman had fled with her chopsticks.

Operating a Car: Not for Everyone

While technology has made lives easier for many, it helps sometimes to remember the days of yore, when not everything was achieved with the push of a button.

Such was the case when a Florida woman called 911 from a Walgreen's parking lot, telling the dispatcher that her car's electrical system was not working and she was trapped inside.

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