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Man calls 911 after wife's zipper gets stuck
KGW ^ | February 12, 2014

Posted on 02/15/2014 11:57:28 AM PST by SMGFan

BEAVERTON -- Each week, Washington County posts bad examples of 911 calls in its “You called 911 for that?” campaign. The campaign is designed to draw attention to the dangers of non-emergency calls that tie up 911 lines. This week’s call really lives up to the hype. OPERATOR: 911, Police Fire and Medical. CALLER: Yeah we got a problem here. My wife is struggling in her jacket and can't get it off. I want 911 here immediately. OPERATOR: Is she not breathing? CALLER: She's alright, she just can't get her [expletive] jacket off. Just in case you were wondering, the fire department responded, rescued the woman and saved the jacket.


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Who should they have called?
1 posted on 02/15/2014 11:57:28 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

I approve. Call 911.

2 posted on 02/15/2014 11:59:43 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: SMGFan

The drawer that holds the scissors?


3 posted on 02/15/2014 12:00:04 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: SMGFan

Zipper Busters?


4 posted on 02/15/2014 12:00:04 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: SMGFan

Her ex-husband?


5 posted on 02/15/2014 12:01:28 PM PST by Tax-chick (The future is not going to take us seriously.)
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To: 1rudeboy

6 posted on 02/15/2014 12:03:14 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SMGFan
Well maybe it was an emergency, maybe he only got sex once a year and that night was THE night.
7 posted on 02/15/2014 12:04:03 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: SMGFan

Obama. He is the Lord of all Things...


8 posted on 02/15/2014 12:04:04 PM PST by Truth29
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To: SMGFan
Just in case you were wondering, the fire department responded, rescued the woman and saved the jacket.

Which makes the fire department even dumber than the 911 caller.

9 posted on 02/15/2014 12:04:51 PM PST by Drew68
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To: SMGFan
Who should they have called?

I am amazed they successfully managed to dial the phone, never mind who they called. It's a wonder they weren't screaming for help into a box of Tic-Tacs.
10 posted on 02/15/2014 12:06:40 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SMGFan

No one. It was their own damn problem and up to them to personally solve as adults.

I hope they were at least cited and charged a fee for this frivolous use of emergency services!


11 posted on 02/15/2014 12:11:01 PM PST by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: Mastador1

Removal of a jacket is not actually a requirement.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 12:12:58 PM PST by Tax-chick (The future is not going to take us seriously.)
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To: SMGFan
To me stories like this one are just emblematic of the growing dependence culture in this country.

For even the most minor problems in life that people encounter in their daily lives they are looking to the government to solve for them.

I can not in my wildest imaginings think that even in a drunken stooper would I dial 911 for a stuck zipper.

Yet people like this fellow call 911 to get his wife out of her jacket. Did it occur to him to take the jacket off over her head and worry about it tomorrow? How about calling some friends for advise? If all else fails cut the zipper down one side and have a seamstress sew in a new more reliable zipper if the jacket is worth repairing.

But no these days we look to government to solve even the most mundane ordinary everyday problem that our grandparents would be ashamed for us to have asked another to fix for us.

We Americans are no longer the proud self-reliant people that our grandparents were. We have become soft, pliable couch potatoes that must ask a government authority to fix a broken zipper.

13 posted on 02/15/2014 12:14:41 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: SMGFan

The bothersome part is that the firemen have so much time on their hands between naps and meals and naps and meals ... that they responded to this moron’s call.


14 posted on 02/15/2014 12:14:59 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: SMGFan

In my town if you call Fire, you get police.

The Police then shoot dogs, taser people, throw them in prison.

I thought this was abusive behavior. It may just be designed to limit nuisance calls of this nature.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 12:17:18 PM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: SMGFan

Dude doesn’t even own a pair of needle-nosed pliers?

On second thought, if he did, he’d probably manage to electrocute himself or somebody else...

When/why did “helpless whiners” become an accurate description of many Americans?


16 posted on 02/15/2014 12:19:15 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: Tax-chick
Removal of a jacket is not actually a requirement.

Maybe not, but it makes the experience more meaningful.

17 posted on 02/15/2014 12:22:02 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: autumnraine

Haha, my first thought was, where are the scissors?


18 posted on 02/15/2014 12:23:14 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Disambiguator; Mastador1
Maybe not, but it makes the experience more meaningful.

The post to which I responded didn't seem to call for "meaning."

19 posted on 02/15/2014 12:25:28 PM PST by Tax-chick (The future is not going to take us seriously.)
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To: SMGFan
Seriesly !

Can't be tied up on nuisance calls when there are dogs to shoot, doors to break down, and erstwhile citizens to terrorize !

20 posted on 02/15/2014 12:35:19 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Tax-chick

Except, in this case, it was a “expletive jacket”


21 posted on 02/15/2014 12:51:36 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

LOL!


22 posted on 02/15/2014 12:54:13 PM PST by Tax-chick (The future is not going to take us seriously.)
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To: SMGFan
Rumack: Well, I don't have anything to say, you've done the best you could. You really have, the best you could. You can't expect to win em all. But, I want to tell you something I've kept to myself through these years. I was in the war myself, medical corps. I was on late duty one night when they brought in a badly wounded pilot from one of the raids. He could barely talk. He looked at me and said, "The odds were against us up there, but we went in anyway, I'm glad the Captain made the right decision." The pilot's name was George Zip.

Ted Striker: George Zip said that?

Rumack: The last thing he said to me, "Doc," he said, "some time when the crew is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to get out there and give it all they got and win just one for the Zipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Doc," he said, "but I won't smell too good, that's for sure."

Ted Striker: Excuse me doc, I got a plane to land.


23 posted on 02/15/2014 12:54:53 PM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: SMGFan
Who should they have called?

Ghostbusters. Da da da da da da da - da da da da da da da da.

24 posted on 02/15/2014 1:04:57 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Pontiac
For even the most minor problems in life that people encounter in their daily lives they are looking to the government to solve for them.

And someone to sue.

25 posted on 02/15/2014 1:34:33 PM PST by Hugin
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To: SMGFan

We are having the opposite problem with the new sweatshirt I got hubby for Christmas. We can’t get it to zip closed.

I was thinking of taking it to the tailor, but maybe I should just call 911. I pay taxes, right?


26 posted on 02/15/2014 1:40:51 PM PST by jocon307
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To: SMGFan

why didn’t the operator explain the proper use of scissors to the caller instead of directing the fire dept?


27 posted on 02/15/2014 2:04:44 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: SMGFan

He should have said he’d just taken Viagra and he needed to get her out of her clothes FAST!!


28 posted on 02/15/2014 2:21:05 PM PST by PLMerite
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To: Tax-chick

I was thinking that the sarcasm tag might have been optional, apparently I was mistaken.

:^)


29 posted on 02/15/2014 3:21:03 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator

I can’t keep track of when I’m being sarcastic and when I’m not. I’m in irony limbo.


30 posted on 02/15/2014 3:23:11 PM PST by Tax-chick (The future is not going to take us seriously.)
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To: SMGFan

I hope the city sends these morons a bill.


31 posted on 02/15/2014 3:25:01 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Uncle Chip

No need to be insulting. -a firewoman.


32 posted on 02/15/2014 3:37:01 PM PST by tioga (Every knee shall bend, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.)
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To: SMGFan

For crying out loud. I blame the operator for sending out the firetruck, and I hope the city bills these jerks for it. They should have gone to a dry cleaner or just used a pliers, assuming they were capable of operating a simple hand tool.


33 posted on 02/15/2014 3:55:49 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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I bet that if the 911 folks had a $1000.00 fine for these non-emergencies, the STUPID calls would stop.


34 posted on 02/15/2014 3:57:27 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Pontiac
To me stories like this one are just emblematic of the growing dependence culture in this country.

In a recent storm, the tree in the back yard of one of my neighbors broke. She saw me in my yard and yelled down to me, "When are they coming to remove this?"

I asked if she was owning or renting, and she said she owned. So I told her it was her responsibility and to call her insurance agent. This woman has two adolescents and "works in international finance". She is also an Obama voter.

35 posted on 02/15/2014 3:59:26 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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A year or two ago there was a power outage in my neighborhood because a branch from my neighbor's tree had hit a power line. The city had to send workers out to cut some of the branches. The neighbor has a small business--a tree-trimming business.

I guess it makes sense. Other people pay him to trim their trees--but who was going to pay him to trim the tree in his own yard?

36 posted on 02/15/2014 4:48:18 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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Other people pay him to trim their trees--but who was going to pay him to trim the tree in his own yard?

Unbelievable. This generation wouldn't have lasted a day at scout camp in the 50s.

37 posted on 02/16/2014 8:15:55 AM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: Uncle Chip
The bothersome part is that the firemen have so much time on their hands between naps and meals and naps and meals ... that they responded to this moron’s call.

They have to go, though, no matter how silly it sounds. Because as soon as they start guessing ahead of time which calls are "real" serious and which aren't... They'll start guessing wrong.

38 posted on 02/16/2014 8:22:55 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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They respond to even the most ludicrous calls because a call is a call when budget time comes -- no matter what that call was all about.

70% of all firefighters in this country are volunteers working for volunteer fire departments. Only 30% of all firefighters are paid full time firefighters.

Few people know that.

39 posted on 02/16/2014 8:37:34 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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I did happen to know that. I know a few volunteer firefighters. I also have some difficulty with the way that fire departments are funded, overfunded... and the games they play with Medic-One to squeeze more taxes out of the locals. I’m not completely cynical yet though... I do appreciate having them around. When it comes to taking calls they simply can’t get into the business of second-guessing calls before they actually get there. That’s a risky way to operate. Next thing that happens they hang up on a kid for prank calling and a family dies because they didn’t believe the kid, because the kid said something wrong.

These nuisance calls should be dealt with, and beyond fines perhaps the best thing is to have some good old public humiliation. Publish the names and sound bites on the net and let their friends dole out the punishment.


40 posted on 02/16/2014 10:03:07 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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When it comes to taking calls they simply can’t get into the business of second-guessing calls before they actually get there.

911 does it all the time -- they qualify calls.

They are the Fire Department not the Zipper Department or Garment Department.

Are they going to come over to help someone get dressed in the morning, and cook breakfast and tuck them in at night if they call. Tell them to call their neighbor, or their son or daughter or caregiver.

They are there for emergency purposes only and zippers are not emergency.

I had a neighbor who called the fire department because he needed a piece of equipment they had to look into his oven. 11 firetrucks showed up along with ambulance, police cars, fire chiefs car -- all so he could use a piece of their equipment.

It took over an hour for all those vehicles to maneuver their way back out. None were upset as it was budget time and they needed all the calls they could muster to justify their budget.

41 posted on 02/16/2014 10:17:36 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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"Who should they have called?"

When it comes to zippers, there's really only one man for the job...


42 posted on 02/16/2014 10:23:04 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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I like how this guy eased the burden on emergency services:

Sorry, Harry is dead.

43 posted on 02/17/2014 3:09:25 PM PST by Boogieman
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