08-07-2006, 08:17 PM #1
Calif. 911 Dispatchers Get Wacky Calls
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Only a third of 911 calls for help are actual emergencies, according to dispatchers who say some of the calls are simply wacky.
"People have called because they went through the drive-thru and their order was wrong," said California Highway Patrol dispatcher Dennis Kirchner. "People call because they're lost."
There are so many ridiculous calls, dispatchers don't recall many of the details. One, for instance, was a report of a tumbleweed across a highway.
"It's hard to remember the standouts because there's so many stupid things we get," Kirchner said.