9-1-1, Can You Hold?

From the whiskey-tango-foxtrot file:

I was driving to lunch from the airport today when I noticed a large (50-lb or so) bag of concrete mix in the right-hand lane. I figured I should probably call the police and let them know, and since I didn’t know the number, I dialed 9-1-1. The following is a reasonably accurate (i.e., I’m really not kidding about this) transcript of what happened:

*Click* “You have reached 9-1-1 emergency services. All operators are currently busy, but if you’ll stay on the line, your call will be taken in the order it was received.”

I got 9-1-1’s friggin’ on-hold message. Yes, that’s right, 9-1-1 has an on-hold message.

So I hung up. Not all that important, and I was at Quiznos, so whatever.

Five minutes later my fone rang.

“Yes, this is the Battle Creek Police. Someone called 9-1-1 from this number and then hung up.”

So I explained the situation and they said they’d send someone out to look at it.

I still can’t believe 9-1-1 has an on-hold message. And on-hold music, I suspect.

posted by Chris on 08 December 2005 at 2003 in general


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Comment by froodiantherapy

I wonder if they play lite jazz remakes of “jingle bell rock” and “santa claus is coming to town.” Somehow I suspect they might.

posted at 2003 on 08 December 2005

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