Humanity–pissing off authority figures since the dawn of time. Though, this time around, it’s their backsides that are doing the pissing off. Thanks to the common usage of cellphone, emergency response centers are being inundated with calls thanks to a buncha buttheads butt dialing 9-1-1 reports The Daily.
The site said that 40% of calls made to 9-1-1 are accidental. In 2010, there were 240 million 9-1-1 calls placed with a huge percentage of them “accidental.”
Because of all these booty calls, every pun intended, our men at work like firemen, policemen, and the EMT departments are wasting time trying to figure out if a call is real or not. If a call is silent, many jurisdictions have rules that someone has to be dispatched to the location–even if it’s not an emergency, just you accidentally pressing the emergency call buttons when you are in the midst of spontaneous coitus.
While most dispatchers can tell a butt dial from a real emergency, even things like an argument in the background are enough grounds to send someone out to assess the situation. Some dispatchers are even getting PTSD from all the 9-1-1 calls.
So what can you do to make their lives easier? How about lock your phone or pay attention to what you’re doing? Or stop doing everything with your butt—like talking from it. That’s a good start.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles