Outrageous 911 calls

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Dispatchers' jobs get that much more difficult when fielding these calls

Calling 911 for seemingly no reason isn't anything new, but often the calls are so outrageous they make the news. Here are some of our favorites. See gallery


Man calls 911 9 times for cheeseburger

Gregory Jackson Sr. (see photo) of New Castle, Ind., turned to extreme measures when he was craving a cheeseburger in February. Jackson made nine emergency cheeseburger calls over a 90-minute span, and the stunt landed him in jail. As it turned out, the incessant 911 calls were just what police needed to arrest Jackson on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a separate charge.

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Baby calls 911 multiple times; mother arrested

A mother in Astoria, Ore., was arrested in February after she allowed her 1-year-old baby to call 911 a total of 16 times for no reason. Even after being warned that she would be arrested if dispatch received any more calls from the baby, Jessica May (see photo) kept handing the cellphone to her wee one. She faces prison and a $6,000 fine for improper use of an emergency response system.

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Woman calls 911 more than 2,100 times in month

Jennifer Arguellas (see photo) of Sacramento, Calif., may have just wanted someone who would listen when she called California Highway Patrol dispatch more than 2,100 times in June 2011. A little more than a month later, after she called dispatch 135 times in one  day – running her total to 2,457 – and still had nothing to report, police had had enough and arrested her for violating California penal code section 643X.

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Woman calls 911 because McDonald's out of McNuggets

In 2009, Latreasa L. Goodman (see photo) of Fort Pierce, Fla., called 911 three times from a McDonald's after paying for a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets but then being informed that the restaurant had run out of the tasty little morsels. Goodman was offered a larger portion of a different menu item, but she refused and dialed 911 instead. She was cited on a misuse of 911 charge, and McDonald's later mailed her a gift card for a free meal.

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Woman calls 911 to ask for cigarettes

A "very intoxicated" Granbury, Texas, woman (see photo) thought it would be amusing if she called 911 in February requesting to have cigarettes delivered to her home. Instead of the special delivery, the woman who told dispatchers her name was Gary Roberts was visited by two deputies and arrested. She was charged with a misdemeanor and later released from jail on a $1,000 bond.

(Listen to her call here.)

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Woman calls 911 on herself after break-in

Darlene Huntley (see photo) of North Bend, Ore., called 911 in February after breaking into a Dollar Tree store and then locking herself inside. Huntley, 45, was charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal trespass. She also was banned for life from the Pony Village Mall.

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Drunk man calls 911 for ride to liquor store

In 2010, George McMurrain, 57, (see photo) called 911 from his motel room in St. Augustine, Fla., and asked for a ride to the liquor store … three times. Slurring his words throughout, McMurrain even goes so far as to say, "The sheriff said she'd give me a ride." He was charged with a misdemeanor misuse of 911.

(Listen to his call here.)

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Boy calls 911 about lousy dinner

A 10-year-old boy in Illinois called 911 in 2010 to complain about his noodle soup. When police answered, the boy hung up. By rule, the dispatcher was required to call the number back, and the dad, Stefan Cristoltean, picked up this time and laid out the whole situation. When police arrived at the Cristolteans' home, the embarrassed boy was eating the soup with his head down. No charges were filed.

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Man calls 911 about sandwich order

Rother McLennon called 911 in June 2012 complaining that the Greatful Deli in East Hartford, Conn., screwed up his order. McLennon "specifically asked for little turkey and little ham, a lot of cheese and a lot of mayonnaise" on his sandwich. Breaking protocol somewhat, the dispatcher humorously advised McLennon not to buy the sandwich. No charges were filed.

(Listen to McLennon's complaint here.)

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Car burglars accidentally call 911 during crime

Two Daytona, Fla., teenagers were caught breaking into cars in 2010 after one of their cellphones pocket-dialed 911 during the crime. The dispatcher heard most of the lesson the older teen, Stefanie Vargas (see photo) gave the younger bungling burglar, prompting police Chief Mike Chitwood to quip, "This has to go down as the world's stupidest criminals."