Skip to comments.Man calls 911 after wife's zipper gets stuck
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 weeks 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.
The drawer that holds the scissors?
Obama. He is the Lord of all Things...
Which makes the fire department even dumber than the 911 caller.
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!
Removal of a jacket is not actually a requirement.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Maybe not, but it makes the experience more meaningful.
Haha, my first thought was, where are the scissors?
The post to which I responded didn't seem to call for "meaning."
Can't be tied up on nuisance calls when there are dogs to shoot, doors to break down, and erstwhile citizens to terrorize !
Except, in this case, it was a “expletive jacket”
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.
Ghostbusters. Da da da da da da da - da da da da da da da da.
And someone to sue.
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?
why didn’t the operator explain the proper use of scissors to the caller instead of directing the fire dept?
He should have said he’d just taken Viagra and he needed to get her out of her clothes FAST!!
I was thinking that the sarcasm tag might have been optional, apparently I was mistaken.
I can’t keep track of when I’m being sarcastic and when I’m not. I’m in irony limbo.
I hope the city sends these morons a bill.
No need to be insulting. -a firewoman.
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.
I bet that if the 911 folks had a $1000.00 fine for these non-emergencies, the STUPID calls would stop.
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.
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?
Unbelievable. This generation wouldn't have lasted a day at scout camp in the 50s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to zippers, there's really only one man for the job...
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