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by Peter Moskos

February 9, 2009

"You cannot call 911 because you're unhappy with your burger"

But the truth you can call 911 because you're unhappy with your burger, or for any other dumb reason. That's part of the problem.

The AP reports:
Authorities said a man, 66, was arrested after calling 911 on Saturday to complain that a fast food restaurant ran out of lemonade. After a drive-through employee failed to respond to the man's threat of contacting the police, the irate diner called 911, a police report alleges.

He spent about 5 minutes talking to the 911 operator about his complaint.

Boynton Beach said the man was charged with abuse of 911 communication.
The Smoking Gun has the best coverage of this important issue.

To me the real surprise isn't that the man called 911 because of this (I have calls to match this one), it's that the man was charged with a crime. Good (not that anything will happen to him).

You can listen to the actually call here.

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