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By Kevin Pezzi, MD


Strange but true 911 calls

by , MD

According to police, a 42-year-old man in Jacksonville, Florida, Reginald Peterson, called 911 hoping that the boys in blue would force employees at a Subway restaurant to make his sandwiches the way he requested. He called 911 again to complain that the police had not arrived quickly enough. The police report stated that he was irate and eventually began "screaming at everyone in the business." The police unsuccessfully tried to calm the suspect and explain the proper use of the 911 system, so they arrested him on a charge of making false 911 calls.

Another Florida man called 911 to report that the slot machine he was using had stolen his money.

Another genius called 911 to complain that he was carjacked while driving a car he stole a few days beforehand.

While there is no Santa Claus, boys and girls, there are people this stupid. If you become an ER doctor, you'll meet lots of them in the emergency department. The strangest 911 call that I experienced in my career was when a young woman called 911 and came to the ER via ambulance because she wanted a professional opinion on whether her vagina was tight enough. That's one of the many stories in my True Emergency Room Stories book; you can download it free from this page:

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