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Doesn’t Have The Head For This Kind Of Work

| Buffalo, NY, USA | Extra Stupid, Health & Body, Popular

(I work as a dispatcher for my hometown.)

Me: “911, what’s your emergency?”

Caller: “My husband has been lying on the couch moaning in pain all day; I think he needs to go to the hospital. My address is [address].”

Me: “Okay, an ambulance is on the way. Did your husband eat anything unusual today?”

Caller: “No.”

Me: “Does he have any allergies?”

Caller: “No.”

Me: “Where did he say the pain is coming from?”

Caller: “I don’t know.”

Me: “Okay, but did he do anything unusual today that could cause his pain?”

Caller: “Um, well, he shot himself in the head this morning.”

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Not Very Helpful Advice

| UT, USA | Extra Stupid

Me: “911, what is the address of your emergency?”

Caller: *who sounds like an elderly woman* “How much does it cost to mail a package to India?”

Me: “I’m… sorry, what?”

Caller: “I have to mail a package to India. How much does it cost?”

Me: “Ma’am, do you need the police or an ambulance?”

Caller: *now angry* “No! But they told me to call this number if I needed help, and I need help!”

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Nine-Dum-Dum

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(Upon answering the 911 line, I immediately prompt the caller to give me the address of the emergency where units are to respond out to. I’ve gotten the address and callback number, and have found out that a young girl is having a sudden onset of blindness and lethargy. The ambulance has been dispatched, and is en-route, and I’m trying to give post dispatch instructions when I hear loud noises, yelling, and what sounds like a car horn in the background.)

Me: “Ma’am, I need you to tell me what’s happening right now. What is that noise I’m hearing?”

Caller: “Oh, that’s my mom. She’s honking the horn at the other drivers.”

Me: “What other drivers? I thought you said you were with the patient?”

Caller: “I am. We’re driving to the hospital.”

Me: *trying not to sound exasperated* “Then why did you call for an ambulance to be dispatched to [Address]?”

Caller: “Oh…”

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