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Friday, July 06, 2007

911 EMERGENCY: BIG MAC ATTACK

Did you hear about the 4-year-old girl who called 911 nearly 300 times looking for McDonald's.

OK, so maybe she didn't ask for a hamburger all 300 times she called from her suburban Chicago apartment, but authorities tracked her down by offering a delivery from the fast-food chain.

It seems the kid was playing with a deactivated cell phone and used it to call dispatchers, sometimes as often as 20 times a shift. Under federal law, deactivated cell phones still must be able to access 911, and many will contact an emergency call center if the user holds down the nine key.

Dispatchers heard the child's voice but could only track the phone's signal to her apartment complex. So to pinpoint her, they asked her what she wanted. She said McDonald's and gave them her address.

Police arrived, without the food, and mom took away the cell phone.


Harsh punishment. Police should have taken away mom's too until she taught her child that a phone, activated or not, is not a toy.

I guess I'd better retrieve my old one from the grandkids' toy box. There are so many other great things in the house besides a cell phone that children can play with anyway.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Pete said...

Poor kid....I would have brought the kid a Happy Meal. At 4 years old,she certainly did not understand the ramifications of her actions.Where was mom while all the calls were being made?

Fri Jul 06, 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

The bigger punishment (in my skewed view), was that the police did not even bring a chicken McNugget to the kid..or a Happy Meal (without the condom, thank you)..the kid will now equate a cop with not keeping his word...

Fri Jul 06, 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous EEEE BOY said...

You dont say! Have you seen the corkscrew around?

Fri Jul 06, 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

whose kid? cute.. did you have an affair with the guy from Fantasy Island? the plane..the plane..Herve Villechez (sp?)..didn't know he was still alive...

Fri Jul 06, 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous dmc said...

Whose baby boy is that, I recognize our homemade wine.

Fri Jul 06, 02:22:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

No I didn't have an affair with Herve. Tattoo-look-alike here is my niece's little boy who took a shine to the wine (bottles, that is)during a visit to Florida for Thanksgiving.

Boy dmc, do you have a good eye. You're right, that bottle is one of the homemade ones we bought a couple of years ago.

Fri Jul 06, 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Corkscrewed said...

Astute observation...Regardless of how many casks of those you have finished off !

Wed Jul 11, 09:42:00 AM  

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