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Bogus 911 Call from a Chairlift

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This article caught my attention because I have a friend who worked at a 911 center for a while and she was amazed at the reasons that people would call 911. 

 

This, however, its the one that really cracked me up from the story: 

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 Perhaps the most outrageous call came from an impatient skier, stalled on a chairlift, who insisted dispatchers send a helicopter to rescue his family.

 

 

Sooooo, fess up.  Which of you bears made this^^ call? 

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While I have not done this, I sure felt like it when I was stuck on a chair at Mt. Baker for 1:15 on opening day a couple of years ago.  They even started evacuating the chair before they got it going again.  Nobody acknowledged that anything unusual had happened, they just started it up and let everyone off without even having anyone on top to check in to see if you were OK or frozen to death.  Par for the Baker course.

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Where I worked a lady called 911 three times during a 15 minute lift stop. I wondered what was going through her mind and what she expected 911 to do about it.
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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.
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

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.

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