Some of this is crazy people, pranks and nonsense but way, way, way, way more of it is the sense of entitlement that some people have. Need a ride to the hospital and are too lazy to take the bus or a cab? Call 911 and ask them for an ambulance. Have a problem with the neighbor’s dog? Don’t talk to the neighbor, just call 911. It stems from laziness and a lack of a sense of personal responsibility.
And a lack of Friends..that will take you to the hospital, or give you the recipe for meatballs.
If you NEED (and I mean really NEED) a ride to the hospital, then you probably should call the ambulance and not a cab. The taxi driver doesn’t appreciate pools of blood gushing into his vehicle. If the neighbor’s dog just attacked you and you’re incapacitated with an immediate threat to your life, then you SHOULD call 911 for help. That’s why our tax dollars pay for emergency medical services. If you have a real emergency (an immediate threat to life or limb), then you should take advantage of those services.