Over the years, we’ve heard of many people abusing the 9-1-1 system in order to get help with mundane, non-emergency things like Pokemon Go or screwed up fast food orders. Here’s another one: if you’re locked out of your hotel room, don’t call 9-1-1 and say your daughter is choking.
A Florida man found himself in jail after police say he called 9-1-1 in Fort Myers asking for an ambulance for his four-year-old daughter, who he claimed was choking on candy and alone, reports WPTV. The dispatcher asked if his daughter was breathing, and he said he didn’t know because he was locked out of the hotel room and there wasn’t anyone available to help him get back into his room.
But when the fire department, paramedics, and police officers showed up with emergency lights flashing and sirens blaring, they found the man wasn’t waiting for them outside of the room number he’d given, and they couldn’t hear anything inside the room.
According to the police report, the man then came around a corner and said “all of this” wasn’t necessary — meaning, the array of emergency responders he’d summoned with his 9-1-1.
Deputies asked about the child that was supposedly choking, at which point the man said he’d made up that story because he just wanted to get back into his room.
After determining that there was no emergency, and no sign of a child in the man’s room, he was arrested for misuse of the 911 system.
by Mary Beth Quirk via Consumerist