A friend of mine emailed me a story about a woman in Boston that called 911. If I tell you that a car theft was involved, that wouldn’t sound so strange. But it was the video game “Grand Theft Auto” that she called about.

You see, her 14-year-old son refused to stop playing the game and go to sleep.

The call came in at 2:30 a.m.

Oh, and to make the situation seem even worse than it was, the infuriated mom said that the teenager also walked around the house turning on all the lights.

Now, I had relatives that would freak out if you left one room and didn’t turn out the light, even after I called SDG&E as a teenager to find out just how much electricity that wasted. They said it was about two cents an hour, and that some people think it wastes more electricity turning a light on and off if you are going back into the room a few minutes later. But I digress.

Our tax dollars went to having two officers respond to the house. And what did they do? Draw guns? Pepper spray the little brat? Nah. They persuaded him to obey his mom. I’m not sure why the woman isn’t being charged, since 911 is reserved for emergencies.

I’m also guessing the woman is a horrible parent, and this incident won’t get her to discipline the child (perhaps, taking away his video games for a month).

Another story that got a good chuckle from me, involved another idiotic cop and idiotic 911 call.

He’s in Washington, D.C. And, with the snowstorm that hit them and closed the airport, a huge snowball fight took place on a corner of town.

To me, that would be a good thing; hearing about people in D.C. fighting and using snowballs, not weapons.

An off-duty cop was driving by in his Hummer. And I gotta admit, if I had a snowball in my hand and someone in a Hummer drove by, they’d probably get it on the windshield, too.

This cop handled it a bit unprofessionally. He got out of his vehicle and started waving a gun around. He failed to tell anyone he was a cop, so 911 calls came in.

There’s a Youtube video of it that’s funny. One person hits him in the face with a snowball as he’s on a Walkie Talkie. He’s lucky he wasn’t shot.

We’ll see if the cop gets fired. And if he does, will Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton say the officer got fired because he was African-American and pointing his gun at an angry mob holding dangerous “white snowballs.”


KarenBP Dec. 21, 2009 @ 9:16 p.m.

i used to love Hostess Snoballs...


i won't touch 'em now with their animal shortening - ewwwww!

i had read about the lady who called 911 about her kid. Unbelievable. Made me think about your story when you called 911 and it was BUSY. i had that happen too..


redsoxfan Dec. 22, 2009 @ 12:05 a.m.

I read a story once where a woman in Florida called 911 while she was in the Burger King drive-thru and complained to the 911 operator because BK refused to re-do her order to get it right. It was so funny that I couldn't believe it was actually happening! The operator told her that if it wasn't a life or death emergency, that the operator was hanging up. The lady just kept yelling on about how her order is screwed up and her kids are upset and crying....what a sad state of affairs... :-)


Ponzi Dec. 22, 2009 @ 10:05 a.m.

"...some people think it wastes more electricity turning a light on and off if you are going back into the room a few minutes later..."

That is a myth. Even with fluorescent lights, it’s not true. Many years ago fluorescent light starters and ballasts were inefficient so leaving them on would save some energy if you were going to return and turn them on again in a minute.

The same would be like saying it saves fuel to leave your car idling to save gas.

Energy is energy. When the light is on, it’s using energy.. When it’s off, it’s not.

The only other argument is the life of a light bulb. Old light bulb filaments used to last longer if the filament was not heated and cooled repeatedly. These days, the MTBF is the same regardless of switching them on and off.


Josh Board Dec. 22, 2009 @ 10:53 a.m.

Thanks for the clarification on that, Ponzi. I sort of thought the same thing, but wasn't sure. I was just quoting what the person at SDG&E told me. And I also think he said the same thing you said. If you're not walking back in the room 30 seconds later, it saves to just turn the light off.

Yeah, RedSox, there have been a few 911 fast food calls. A couple coming within the last year. I swear, once the police start cited and fining people for that, word will get out. 911 is for emergencies, not complaints.

I met a 911 operator at a party near Barona Casino years ago. She had a few interesting stories, but nothing so earth shattering. Drunk people calling for the number of a Domino's Pizza, as if it was 411 not 911.

Karen...the snoballs are pretty good. They're harder to find these days. I'm not sure why. I sometimes like to use them for cakes. Once for a Dolly Parton party I was going to (use your imagination)...but I saw them a few weeks ago at a tiny liquor store. So, if you're ever jonesin'...try the corner deli/liquor store.


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