The Most Hilarious 911 Calls of 2010 and Beyond

From a bad manicure to whining that mom took your beer.

December 29, 2010, 5:14 PM

Dec. 29, 2010 — -- A bad manicure? Fed up with the media? It's nothing to dial 911 over.

Nevertheless, Americans this year dialed up the emergency line to whine about such problems.

Dispatchers who handle 911 calls are trained to handle a lot of situations, but some of the calls they get are anything but emergencies.

"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 in 2009. "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.

The latest silly 911 call came from a Deltona, Fla., woman the day after Christmas. Cynthia Colston was arrested for calling 911 four times to complain about a nail technician.

Even with a police deputy sitting next to her, Colston dialed 911 complaining that her nails were cut too short. She refused to pay a technician the full price for the job.

Laurence Gauthier from central Florida has called 911 at least 16 times since November, ABC affiliate WFTV reported, including calls to request business cards and complain about the media.

On one call, he yelled into the phone, "I'm looking for TV news to be arrested."

When the 911 dispatcher told Gauthier that the line was for emergencies only, Gauthier agreed.

"I do not have an emergency," he said.

In Beaverton, Ore., a man called 911 to say he was stuck naked in a hotel hot tub. The homeless man, Mark Eskelson, asked for hot chocolate with marshmallows and a hug.

When he made the September call, he said that he was the local sheriff and couldn't get out because there were no towels.

This summer, an Ohio woman called 911 five times to say that she was having a hard time getting a date. She was trying to reach an automated dating service.

Police said the woman was drunk. She was charged with disorderly conduct.

In June, a woman called for more than a date, she called for a husband. An Ohio woman named Audrey Scott told a dispatcher, "Get me that husband."

When asked if she wanted to get arrested after being told that she could be for calling 911 with a non-emergency, she responded, "Let's do it."

Police did.

She spent three days in jail and was charged with a misdemeanor. Scott said that she was drunk when she made the call.

In June, a 32-year-old Pasco County, Fla., man called 911 to complain about his mother. According to a sheriff's office arrest report, Charles Dennison told a deputy that his mother took his beer away and he wanted her arrested.

Dennison reportedly was "very intoxicated" when the deputy arrived at the New Port Richey, Fla., home.

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 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, Texas, northeast of Fort Worth, Texas.

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

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

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.

"I cannot open my door. I can't get the windows down. Nothing electrical works," the woman, who was not identified, told the Kissimmee dispatcher.

"And it's just getting very hot in here. And I'm not feeling well," she continued. "I need some help."

The dispatcher immediately asked if the caller had tried to pull up on the lock manually, noting that she should have been able to unlock the car that way even if her car's electric system wasn't working.

The woman could be heard trying to do so and, then, said, "OK, OK. I got that going. OK."

The woman then told the dispatcher she was going to try calling AAA for help with the car.

"I'm sorry," she said.

"That's OK," the dispatcher replied just before the call was disconnected.

Police responded to the home of an Athens, Ga., gamer after he called 911, frantic at the loss of his Playstation video game system.

Anthony White, 40, told the 911 operator that his cousin had stolen the system and that he was going to do whatever it took to get it back.

"I wanna go over and get my Playstation," White could be heard saying on the call, insisting that it was an emergency even after the operator informed him otherwise.

"Anthony, that's not an emergency. Hold on a minute," the operator said, to which Anthony replied, "Yeah, it is."

When the operator explained the meaning of emergency, White shot back, "I'm gonna kill the son of a b----. How about that?"

ABC affiliate WAAY reported that when police showed up at White's home, he told them he had a gun and requested they shoot him. After then threatening to shoot police, White was arrested on charges of making terroristic threats, which is a felony. He has bonded out of jail.

He could not be reached for comment.

It seems the brownies prevailed. Former Dearborn, Mich., police Cpl. Edward Sanchez resigned from his post after calling 911 in April 2006 to report that the marijuana-laced brownies he and his wife had eaten were making them sick.

"I think we're dying," he said. "I think we're dead. I really do."

"Time is going by really, really, really, really slow," he added later.

Sanchez was on the phone with the dispatcher for about five minutes, convinced he and his wife were overdosing, but also asking for things like the time. He told the dispatcher they used a "quarter-ounce" of marijuana, but he was not prosecuted.

A police commander at the department declined to tell local media why Sanchez was not prosecuted, according to The Associated Press, saying that he'd resigned as part of an internal investigation.

His wife, Stacey Sanchez, declined to comment. Sanchez could not be reached for comment.

'The Cutest Cop I've Seen'

They say love comes knocking when you least expect it. Lorna Dudash thought that day had come for her back in June 2006 when a good-looking sheriff's deputy showed up at her door in Washington County, Ore., responding to a neighbor's noise complaint.

Dudash, then 45, called 911 after he left, asking for his name and wanting know if he could please come back, saying he was "the cutest cop I've seen in God knows how long."

"I know it's not an emergency but heck, it doesn't happen very often, a good-looking man comes at your doorstep," she told the 911 dispatcher.

The deputy did come back -- to arrest her.

She was charged with making a false 911 call. Dudash pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 2 years probation and 100 hours of community service, according to ABC affiliate KATU.

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, according to an audio recording of the call.

When the caller 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 allegedly called back 911, 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 could 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 at the time.

Lemonade Emergency

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 became noticeably frustrated with the call, which lasted for about five 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 simply to 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 -- 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.

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