“Once we had a young woman call 911 around 2am saying that her legs were turning blue. Turns out she had worn a new pair of jeans to the club that night.”
“I’m not a dispatcher, but back in my EMS days I was dispatched on a call of a child being poisoned. Upon our arrival we find a 14 year old male and his mother. The mother was insisting we take them to the hospital so he could have his stomach pumped because he had swallowed chewing gum. The child was looking at us as if to say, ‘I’m sorry my mother is crazy.’
“One year later, same address, same family, called for poisoning. Upon arrival we find the same kid and mother. The mother wanted to be taken to the hospital because the kid had admitted to his mother that he had taken a hit of marijuana when he was visiting friends the week before. The kid had the same look on his face.”
“I have been in the 911 biz for over 22 years. If a caller starts the call with ‘I swear I’m not crazy’ then you need to buckle up for some insanity. A guy started a call with those words after escaping from his apartment and running to the closest 7-11. He swore that his roommates were turning into giant crabs. [He] was going to show the officers that they were currently in giant cocoons transforming. As you might expect he was tripping balls.”
“We had an old woman call in and say there was two guys dress in blue trying to break in her house and rape her. So we send about 6 cops over to her house. It turns out it was the gas company reading her gas meter.”
“Not an operator, but my boyfriend who called in.
“He usually worked a late shift, walking home about 2 am. This shift he got off work a few hours late…
“BF: I’d like to call and report a fire. [We live in a fire prone area and it was the season.]
“911: Where is it located sir?
“BF: On the hillside just East of [City].
“911: Can you be more specific? [Typing away in the background.]
“BF: Yes, [gives a more detailed location]. Oh god, it’s getting bigger!
“911: Stay calm sir, we’re sending somebody out.
“BF: It’s getting bigger! Oh god! Oh…oh, wait…
“BF: I am SO sorry…I’m not usually out this time of night, I just got off work late…that’s, that’s the sun…
“BF: I am so, so sorry for wasting your time, there is no fire, that’s just the sun rising. Never mind. I’m really embarrassed…
“911: That’s fine, Sir. I will cancel the call, thank you for calling.”
“My mom works as a 911 operator. She got a call one time from a girl in gym class at the local high school. She was in a panic and completely serious saying there was a squirrel on top of a telephone pole at the school and it wasn’t coming down.”
“Had a drunk person call to report he was being harassed. Truth was….. He was being arrested by our officers for throwing pizza at people. All I heard in the background was one of my officers saying to him ‘that better not be our dispatcher on the phone’ followed by some muffled talking and my officer taking the phone and saying ‘he will be taking a ride with us now’ and hung up.
“Still laugh about it to this day.”