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 ABCNews.com 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.
Manicure Gone Awry
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.
'TV News Should Be Arrested'
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.
Stuck In A Hot Tub
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.
Woman Calls 911 For A Date
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.
'Help Me Get A Husband'
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."
She spent three days in jail and was charged with a misdemeanor. Scott said that she was drunk when she made the call.
'Mom Took My Beer Away'
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.
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 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.
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.
"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.
Life or Death Gaming
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.
The Cop vs. the Pot Brownies
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.