911 calls: It seems we may be a bit confused as to what they’re about. In Chicago a woman called 911 when her husband butt-dialed her and she thought he’d been taken hostage; another woman dialed 911 to try to get her boyfriend to propose. In Florida a woman dialed 911 (several times) when her manicure didn’t come out the way she wanted. And in New York we are doing it wrong, too.
The New York Post rounds up the ridiculous calls put in to 911 during the blizzard and its aftermath. Among them:
This is not good for our street-cred, folks. A friendly reminder: 911 is not your therapist, nor your taxi service, nor your mom. NYC.gov has this question you should ask yourself when in doubt:
When should you call 911?
When there is an emergency, lives are in danger, serious injury, serious medical condition, crime in progress, or any other situation needing immediate attention
Please, use [good] discretion. If you just want to complain about something, call 311. Or email us!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 10, 2011