Grandma Calls 911 For 'Beer Emergency'

Robert Jonathan

It allegedly was the first beer emergency of 2014.

A Memphis grandmother called 911 according to police because she apparently ran out of beer on New Year's Day.

It perhaps wasn't completely a Happy New Year because before calling 911, the woman allegedly slapped her granddaughter for refusing to go to the store and buy her some beer. At that point, she reportedly called for police assistance in getting beer, a law enforcement affidavit indicated.

The grandmother told WREG, the CBS Memphis afiliate, that "I told police that's what me and my granddaughter got to arguing about -- a coke and a 20-ounce can of beer." She denied dialing 911 to ask the police to bring her some beer, however.

Police charged the woman, 68, with domestic assault for slapping her granddaughter. Apparently she will also be fined $50 for calling 911 on a non-emergency matter, which is against the law in virtually all jurisdictions.

For some reason, as The Inquisitr has previously reported, there appears to be an increasing incidence of citizens using 911 to complain about food or drink disputes.

For example, last month an Arizona man called 911 when his McDonald's drive-thru order was missing hash browns.A Florida woman once called 911 three times to report that a Fort Pierce McDonald's had run out of Chicken McNuggets. She was arrested for misusing the 911 system. In August, a Georgia man called the emergency number because he ordered seven McDouble burgers but his bag only contained six. Police also charged him with misusing 911, a misdemeanor. Last May, a Florida man allegedly called 911 approximately 80 times to request a home delivery of Kool-Aid, burgers, and weed. And in non-food-related matter, a man in the UK recently called Britain's equivalent of 911 to complain the prostitute he hired wasn't attractive enough for him.

Setting aside the alleged beer emergency, do you think that in general penalties should be increased for 911 abuse?

[image credit: Quinn Dombrowski]