Hooksett, NH – A New Hampshire woman was arrested after calling 911. Authorities state 57-year-old Elizabeth Niemi called 911 on March 15, reporting that she needed medical help. Fire and emergency crews were promptly dispatched and arrived at her Hooksett home.
Emergency response soon realized Niemi did not require medical care but wanted assistance in placing a Chinese food order. The incident was investigated and Niemi was arrested for the misuse of emergency 911, according to CBS Boston. Niemi was released on $5,000 bail and is due back in court on April 17.
Niemi is one in a long line of people who have abused 911 to report frivolous grievances.
Back in June 2011 a similar report regarding a Chinese delivery order was made to 911. It came in from a woman in Savannah, Georgia. The unidentified woman called emergency services to complain that her Chinese order was wrong. Savannah-Chatham Metro Police dispatch explained to the woman calling 911 for non-emergency purposes is a misdemeanor criminal offense. The matter was resolved without charges.
A Florida woman called 911 three times in March 2009, accusing McDonald’s of taking her money, refusing to refund it, and being out of the 10-piece Chicken McNuggets meal.
Latreasa L. Goodman, 27, made the calls after she tried to get her money back from a Fort Pierce McDonald’s. Allegedly, the cashier told her all sales were final and offered a McDouble instead. Goodman was not pleased and rang up 911. She was cited for misuse of 911.
Recently an overwhelmed mother in Oak Creek, Wisconsin called 911 about her children, telling the bewildered dispatcher they had been upset for two nights in a row over the food she brought in. She was recorded saying, “Every night they’re crying and yelling and screaming at me about whose food is whose and who’s going to eat what.” She called hoping an officer could be dispatched to the home to explain to the kids they’d have to eat what they were given, adding she was “tired of this.”
Tonya Ann Fowler, 45, of Commerce, Georgia called 911 in July 2012 to complain about an unflattering mugshot from a prior arrest on terroristic threatening. The offending picture was published as part of a local news bit called “The Bad and Busted,” reported by the Barrow County News.
In February, a 10-year-old in Brockton, Massachusetts called 911 around 8 pm demanding a change in his bedtime, tattling on his mother because he wasn’t ready for bed yet. No charges were levied.
In January, 67-year-old Valerie Dawn Gough from Queensland, Australia was banned from dialing their emergency 000 number. Her abuse and misuse of the service, calling over 1,000 times since 2007, had cost the country’s taxpayers $1 million. Gough was tried and found guilty on 302 charges linked to her improper use of the emergency services – using it to menace and harass.
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