When calling 911, be sure to say "pretty please with sugar on it"

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Stephen Gordon
When calling 911, be sure to say "pretty please with sugar on it"

This seems to be going viral. A young woman's father - who has recently had brain surgery - is having seizures on the kitchen floor, and she calls 911. She drops the F-bomb, and that's reason enough for the operator to hang up on her several times, without ever asking why she's upset. Oh, and she ends up getting arrested on a made-up charge.

What I keep seeing is the grin on her father's face. He must be bursting with pride: he raised a daughter who won't take shit fom anyone.

Unionist

This story is from the U.S. She's lucky they didn't send the SWAT team.

Having said that, this daughter's attitude suggests that maybe there's some hope for that backward kingdom.

 

oldgoat

Jesus H. Murphy, that absolutely surreal.  Two of my siblings are 911 responders of many years experience here in Ontario, and I can guarantee you'll get much better service than that.

 

At least when they're on.

Stephen Gordon

Yeah, I was careful to put this in the 'international' section. I should have titled it "When calling 911 in the US, ...". Feel free to make the change.

Fidel

He and his family obviously dont need that job or the riduculous wages he's receiving. $60K? And for what, really?  I think 911 services should be privatized and someone who really needs the money paid what theyre worth by really good people paying attention to the details, like customer service and profit margarines.

Unionist

This reminds me of [url=this">http://www.rabble.ca/comment/915352/Re-Dial-wrong-number-get-arrested][c... December 2006 thread[/url], which has mercifully survived the Great Babble Purge. It started off as an alleged "wrong number" call to 9-1-1, and ended with the RCMP allegedly breaking down the door and arresting these two poor innocent... ambulance-chasing lawyers. Here's what I said at the time:

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I personally think this whole incident was concocted to drum up business for this ambulance-chasing publicity-leeching pseudo-lawyer.

I personally want the police doggedly investigating every single 9-1-1 call and erring on the side of intrusion, if need be.

We don't need any more incidents like these ones in Winnipeg. In fact, perhaps today (December 6) is the most appropriate day to commemorate Corrine McKeown and Doreen Leclair, and work so that such monstrous crimes of negligence leading to murder are never repeated.

I'm more convinced than ever of what I said at that time.

Fidel

I think it has something to do with the 140 years in a row worth of decay and rot in high places. The two old line parties' records in power have created the perfect case for privatizations, and sooner or later, handing off sovereign powers of resource allocation and law and order to a handful few non-elected monopoly capitalists. I can see it all now.

Snert Snert's picture

That's pretty messed up, but to be fair, the "F" word really is a horrible, horrible word that nobody should ever have to see or hear, or so I'm told.  An insult to the very eyes and ears of the cultured.

Note that if this thread had been titled "Woman Jailed for Saying Fuck"... it would have been retitled "Woman Jailed for Potty Mouth" or "Woman Jailed for Using a Word We Censor".

Fidel

They should contract out 911 calls to blackwater gestapo private security outfits, or perhaps a call centre in Tuvalu. That'll teach those uppity workers living a fool's paradise for too long!! 

G. Muffin

Stephen Gordon wrote:
This seems to be going viral.

 

Where is the recording from her original 911 call?  The piece starts with her second call.

 

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Stephen Gordon wrote:
What I keep seeing is the grin on her father's face. He must be bursting with pride: he raised a daughter who won't take shit fom anyone.

 

Or perhaps he's proud that he's raised a young woman who can't relate two critical pieces of information (location, nature of emergency) without getting embroiled in a shit storm.  I think there's more to this story than this piece relates.  I'm guessing that the first 911 call was omitted for good reason.

Tommy_Paine

The version I listened to had it all, including the anxiety laden 'fuck' while the woman was waiting for 911 to pick up.

I listened earlier this morning, and I too, thought the woman could have been better at getting the message across.  It seemed to me she was more concerned about the confrontation than getting her dad help.

On the other hand, the trained professional on the other end of the phone was a complete knob, more so than she.  His actions are inexplicable.

On my third hand, what's lost in this is that when she arrived to complain, she was arrested on a bogus charge and detained.

Think about that.  That's false arrest, unlawfull confinement, and really, kidnapping.

Look at it this way, if I had an argument with a young woman, made up some charge for citizens arrest, cuffed her and put her in a locked room, you'd see this as something a lot darker than a "missunderstanding", and I'm not perpared to see the officer's action in any brighter light than that.

 

G. Muffin

Tommy_Paine wrote:

The version I listened to had it all, including the anxiety laden 'fuck' while the woman was waiting for 911 to pick up.

But that was the second call!  And when the dispatcher said there was no need to swear on a 911 call, I believe he was referring to the prior call not her swearing before he answered the second call.

Tommy_Paine wrote:

Look at it this way, if I had an argument with a young woman, made up some charge for citizens arrest, cuffed her and put her in a locked room, you'd see this as something a lot darker than a "missunderstanding", and I'm not perpared to see the officer's action in any brighter light than that.

Absolutely, the guy's later behaviour shows he's a total goof. 

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read the article seen the comments only thing strucc me is that if she was blacc they would have beat the shit out of her or killed her. or just not come...