16 Police Dispatchers Reveal The Most Ridiculous Calls They've Ever Gotten

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Vote up the worst reasons why people have called for law enforcement.

"911, what's your emergency?"

"Bold of you to think that there's an actual emergency."

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  • 1
    338 VOTES

    Burger King Thing 

    From Redditor u/que_he_hecho:

    CALLER: There is a shark in the ocean.

    ME: Yes, ma'am, that is where we keep them.


    CALLER: I want to report a robbery.

    ME: Tell me what happened.

    CALLER: I am at Burger King and I ordered 6 chicken nuggets but they only gave me 5.


    CALLER: There is this light in the sky, out over the harbor.

    ME: (looking out the window from which I can see the area). Sir, that is the moon.

    338 votes
  • 2
    389 VOTES

    The Nerve Of Some People

    From Redditor u/lazarus870:

    • "I have a court date coming up, but I have to go camping that day...what should I do?"
    • Advice on what kind of lotion to put on a sunburn.
    • Any time the power goes out, a ton of people call the police and report their power being out. They have PSAs about this s*** all the time.
    • 1 in 5 calls on some days would be people asking for police and going, "but I want NON emergency." Or calling 911 to ask for the 10 digit non emergency #.
    • Guy calling because he left his backpack inside of a UHaul when he was moving.
    389 votes
  • 3
    281 VOTES

    Bacon Bandit

    From Redditor u/Userscreename:

    The news doesn't show how often people call for BS. It's daily. Was a 911 op for 7 years. Just some of them:

    Bacon was fake bacon not real bacon on their fast food.

    Are homeless people allowed in the park?

    Someone called to tell us we don't need to use lights and sirens at night on our emergency vehicles because it woke up their baby.

    Broken heart (asked for an ambulance). Not chest pains, it was a breakup that had just happened.

    Didn't like the way the neighbors threw out their garbage.

    Too much MSG in their chinese food.

    Pretending that someone was being kidnapped, tying up several resources for almost an hour for an April Fool's prank.

    Our jurisdiction makes it VEEEERY hard to get people in trouble for calling 911 even if it's for BS.

    281 votes
  • 4
    353 VOTES

    Chaos, Chaos Everywhere

    From Redditor u/Mlynnc99:

    Where do I even start?

    "My two year old has a piece of toilet paper in her nose."

    "I asked the waiter for no vegetables with my steak and there's broccoli on my plate."

    "My chair is trying to kill me." (Older woman who would consistently lean too hard into her recliner and flip it. She strategically had her landline right there.)

    Two women called screaming so violently I was convinced they were being mauled or murdered. Their neighbors ferret slipped under the door to their apartment.


    I could go on, but I'll give my favorite longer call.

    Caller: I had a lady friend over, I went to get us drinks, there was $400 on my dresser, now she's gone and so is the money.

    Me: (trying to get a description) what was her name, do you know where she lives, etc since he opened with saying he knew her

    Caller: ughhhhh um I'm not really sure. I can't remember

    Me: You don't know your "friends" name? (Awkward pause) do you want to find out and call back?

    353 votes
  • 5
    243 VOTES

    Pizza Power

    From Redditor u/BlackIsTheSoul:

    God, the f***ing things I can write. Been doing this for over a decade. The three that come to mind:

    "My iPod broke".


    Had a guy call, in a serious panic, saying someone was trying to break into his house. He sounded super panicked, anxious. I heard loud knocking through the phone. The caller also threw in "I pay your f***ing taxes now SEND THE F***COPS, I DON'T WANT TO DIE", etc... I could hear that constant loud door banging and a muffled voice. The guy then throws in "I just had pizza delivered here, and now I have someone trying to break into my house!!"... and then I could hear through the phone, the delivery guy say "sir, you forgot your change!", over and over. That was back in 2009 and still bothers me at the utter stupidity.




    Me: 9-1-1, police, fire, ambulance.

    "Police! Send the f***ing cops to **address** now, there's a serious emergency". Silence. Then suddenly I hear tons of laughter, from grown adults. "Hahahaha, don't actually send the cops, this is just a joke". I also heard in the background "I can't believe he really did it!". The cops were already dispatched and by the time they got to the house they were not amused.

    Oh... my colleague, someone called 9-1-1 to report "a stranger called me a b**** at the train station". My colleague had to inform the caller that namecalling isn't a crime.

    243 votes
  • 6
    270 VOTES

    From 'The Office' To 'The Wire'

    From Redditor u/gemgem1985:

    (UK) my friend works as a 999 operative, she had one guy call and tell her he was a vampire... And another who pretended he could see something happening outside, that required armed response, she quickly called through to her line manager to explain she was pretty sure he was giving her details about an episode of "the wire" but they still had to send the armed response to an empty car park surrounded by high rise buildings.

    270 votes