Originally Posted by sibhusky
I actually have an adult family member who suggested he would call 911 if the neighbors used our driveway for heavy equipment to access their property. I told him he would not, he could call the cops, but he was not using 911 to do it. Apparently people don't get that 911 is not a "shortcut" to call the police, it's for EMERGENCIES.
Well, not always. It kind of depends on what you call an emergency. I had my car prowled in Seattle and two purses were stolen from it. There was nobody around, there was no emergency going on, so we figured we would just call it in. It took forever to find a phone number and when we called they told us to call 911. So my idea of "emergency," which is when there is an actual emergent situation that needs help, like someone is doing something bad in the moment or if someone is hurt, was too narrow. Now I'm just confused.