A woman in the Orlando, Florida, area called 911, according to law enforcement authorities, because she wanted to place an order for cigarettes and chicken wings.
She allegedly told the dispatcher last Wednesday evening that she need home delivery services otherwise she would pass out.
Adult beverages were reportedly involved in this incident, which did not qualify as an emergency and which the New York Daily News described as “drunk dialing 911.”
You can listen to the 911 conversation here in which a very apologetic man gets on the line with the dispatcher after the initial call.
Lake County sheriff’s deputies responded to the location nonetheless, but without bringing along any finger food or cigs.
The bust was detailed on the sheriff’s Facebook page.
“Lake County Deputies responded to an apartment complex in Clermont on Wednesday evening after the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a woman who stated she would pass out if she didn’t get chicken wings and cigarettes. The caller, 45-year-old Liann Watson, told responding deputies she had been drinking and was unable to drive; therefore, she called 911 to ask someone to bring her chicken wings and cigarettes. Watson was arrested for Misuse of the 911 System.”
When cops arrived at the apartment, the suspect told them she was just making a sarcastic joke and allegedly tried to bum a smoke from an officer and asked him in the alternative if he would drive her somewhere to get a package of cigarettes.
“Deputies said Watson was switching between hysterical laughter and hysterical crying and yelling,” News 6 Orlando reported.
The situation reportedly got even more weird (a nicotine fit?) on the way to the clink rather than the convenience store. “And as Watson was taken to the Lake County Jail, she repeatedly headbutted the partition in the squad car and kicked about wildly. After the deputy warned Watson four times to stop, she was put into a four-point restraint to prevent her from harming herself. The report said Watson was screaming and cursing loudly during the entire trip to jail,” the Daily News explained.
The suspect was released from jail the following afternoon with no bond required, according to the Lake County Sheriff booking information.
Misuse of the 911 system is a misdemeanor in most jurisdictions.
For some reason, as the Inquisitr has previously reported, there appears to be an increasing incidence nationwide (not just in Florida) of citizens using 911 to order or more often to complain about food or drink disputes.
For example, a North Carolina woman called 911 because Subway allegedly put marinara sauce on her flatbread pizza and then wouldn’t refund her money, while a Memphis grandmother called 911 according to police because she apparently ran out of beer on New Year’s Day.
A woman tried to turn up the heat when she called 911 to report a case of raw waffles at a Tampa, Florida, restaurant.
An Arizona man once called 911 when his McDonald’s drive-thru order was missing hash browns. A woman called 911 three times to report that a McDonald’s had run out of Chicken McNuggets. A Georgia man called the emergency number because he ordered seven McDouble burgers but his bag only contained six.
In a similar case to the one discussed above, a Florida man allegedly called 911 approximately 80 times to request a home delivery of Kool-Aid, burgers, and weed.
Across the pond, a disgruntled customer called the U.K. equivalent of 911 to report that he was still waiting for the pizza delivery guy to show up after 45 minutes.
Do you think that in general penalties should be increased for 911 abuse?
[Photo via Lake County Sheriff’s Office]