Stephen Ramsey called 911, but not because he had an emergency. According to the Huffington Post, Ramsey dialed 911 and asked the dispatcher out on a date. The 45-year-old Naples, Florida, resident was arrested after he called 911 three times, and got fresh with the female dispatcher who answered his calls.
“Ramsey kept her on the phone for more than six minutes and asked her if she was ‘into handcuffs,’ the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. He then laughed before finally hanging up the phone,” according to the Huffington Post.
Police showed up at Ramsey’s home, and questioned him. He admitted that he was looking for someone to “help pass the time,” and apparently he thought that dialing 911 and flirting with the dispatcher would do that for him. The responding officer said that Ramsey was “slurring his speech,” and that there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
Stephen Ramsey’s 911 call landed him in jail. He was charged with misuse of 911, and was locked up on $2,000 bond. According to the New York Daily News, Collier County Sheriff’s Office commander of communications Bill Rule spoke to the media about his frustrations over the case.
“Somebody could conceivably be injured and needing our assistance, but we are further away because of the false 911 call,” he said.
People are supposed to dial 911 when they have an emergency to report. Someone crank calling the line could prohibit another caller with a real emergency from getting through. This, of course, is very serious, and is why police charged Mr. Ramsey in the case. It is unknown what consequences he will face after his not-so-funny prank.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, another 911 story was in the news recently. This one, however, was much different. A woman used 911 the proper way… to report a crime… but the way that she did it was applauded by thousands. You see, the woman was in her home, and involved in a domestic dispute. She needed to call 911, but she didn’t want to put herself in more danger. When the dispatcher answered the woman’s call, the woman ordered a pizza. She kept calm, and the dispatcher picked up on the hint.
There have also been other instances of people calling 911 for non-emergencies, and often times these cases make headlines as well. Police always remind citizens to only use the service for emergency situations, and to not play games because someone else could be in real danger.
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