A 911 pizza order for a domestic violence incident is making its rounds on the internet this week. If you have Facebook, you have probably seen your friends post articles about a woman who called 911 and acted like the operator was a pizza place employee. The woman stayed calm and was able to “order a pizza” and thankfully, the dispatcher caught on soon enough.
According to Fox 101.9, this incident happened years ago but it is surfacing now because it is a great example of what someone in danger could do to save themselves, especially in a domestic violence scenario. The story was shared on Reddit by Keith Weisinger, who recalled this as one of the most memorable moments of his career as a 911 operator.
The call went as follows.
“911, where is your emergency?”
“123 Main St.”
“OK, what’s going on there?”
“I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.”
“Ma’am, you’ve reached 911”
“Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?”
“Ummm [sic] … I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911 right?”
“Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”
“OK, Ma’am, is everything [okay] over there? do you have an emergency?”
“Yes, I do.”
“… And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?”
“Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”
“I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”
“Can you stay on the phone with me?”
“Nope. See you soon, thanks.”
The 911 pizza order domestic violence call was risky for sure. If the call had gone differently or the woman was caught by the person who put her in danger, who knows what could have happened? According to EMS1, Weisinger thought that the woman who called 911 was “brave” and he praised her for her “smart thinking.”
“Whether she had thought of this trick before, or it just came to her she indicated the urgency of her situation without giving away the true purpose of her call.”
There have been plenty of prank calls made to 911 operators, which is why it’s important for dispatchers to pay close attention to what is said. Some people abuse the system, which is supposed to be for emergencies. According to the Inquisitr, a woman made headlines earlier this year for calling 911 over receiving the wrong pizza sauce.
[Photo courtesy of KATV]