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(Japan Today)   61 year-old man admits to making over 12,000 9-11 calls in less than three years but thinks it's "ridiculous" to be arrested for it   (japantoday.com) divider line 63
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2009-10-20 10:50:51 PM  
Sheesh, that is about 12 calls a day. Your lawn. It's gone, man.
 
2009-10-20 11:39:44 PM  
Giuliani?
 
2009-10-20 11:47:39 PM  
FTA...Police arrested a 61-year-old man on Tuesday for obstruction of duty after he allegedly called the 110 emergency number over 12,000 times


This just in submitter...with the exception of the U.S. & Canada, other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.
 
2009-10-21 12:23:13 AM  
Bathia_Mapes: FTA...Police arrested a 61-year-old man on Tuesday for obstruction of duty after he allegedly called the 110 emergency number over 12,000 times


This just in submitter...with the exception of the U.S. & Canada, other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.


Do you really want to argue the digits?
 
2009-10-21 01:02:37 AM  
Bathia_Mapes: FTA...Police arrested a 61-year-old man on Tuesday for obstruction of duty after he allegedly called the 110 emergency number over 12,000 times


This just in submitter...with the exception of the U.S. & Canada, other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.


I'm pretty sure everyone knew that. It's just easier to refer to all primary emergency numbers as 911, even if the actual digits dialed varies depending on the country. Fark's user base is something like 80% American, so of course the American version is going to be the one usually referred to, just as most of the headlines are written in the American dialect of English. I'm not sure I understand why you took such offense to this headline.
 
2009-10-21 01:33:35 AM  
It's not his fault that The Hamburglar breaks into his house 12 times a day.
 
2009-10-21 01:33:44 AM  
Anyone who calls any number, even the time of day or dialing for dollars, that many times should be arrested.
 
2009-10-21 01:36:39 AM  
oldebayer: Anyone who calls any number, even the time of day or dialing for dollars, that many times should be arrested.

What if you incite others to call a number that many times a day, perhaps by using some sort of catchy earworm? Would that be a jailable offense?

/eight six seven five three ooooohhhh niiiii-eyine
 
2009-10-21 02:30:31 AM  
Not just 911, subby used 9-11. NEVER FORGET!
 
2009-10-21 02:30:53 AM  
Bathia_Mapes: FTA...Police arrested a 61-year-old man on Tuesday for obstruction of duty after he allegedly called the 110 emergency number over 12,000 times


This just in submitter...with the exception of the U.S. & Canada, other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.


Whatever. They're foreigners. Fark them.
 
2009-10-21 02:31:49 AM  
that's just ridicurous!
 
2009-10-21 02:38:08 AM  
Ronery
 
2009-10-21 02:38:42 AM  
bluebell73: that's just ridicurous!

thass wacis!
 
2009-10-21 02:41:59 AM  
Bathia_Mapes: other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.

we have 999. Ive asked a cop if they had to deal with extraneous calls from unlocked keypads & the numbers were far lower than one would expect. it just seems more logical in an emergency
 
2009-10-21 02:43:08 AM  
"Hello 911? There are some mulato children playing 20 yards from my house. Send all available units ASAP!"
 
2009-10-21 02:43:14 AM  
texastag: Whatever. They're foreigners. Fark them.

The head games those foreigners play has got me so hot blooded that it is urgent for us to find this 110 and break it up, and I don't care if that sounds cold as ice.

/juke box hero
 
2009-10-21 02:48:10 AM  
You know, Memphis had one of these.

She called over 1,200 times one year for an ambulance. Never paid a bill. One time, she asked for transport to the hospital, got out and refused further transport and treatment when she got there, and walked across the street to the apartment building next to it to visit a friend.

Memphis Fire's solution? They bought her ass a buss ticket to San Fransisco.
 
2009-10-21 02:53:14 AM  
www.globalnerdy.com
 
2009-10-21 02:54:32 AM  
If you hover your mouse over the Japan Today tag it says:

Apan Today,

wtf
 
2009-10-21 03:07:22 AM  
madblader: "Hello 911? There are some mulato children playing 20 yards from my house. Send all available units ASAP!"

This reminds of a question I'm hoping can get answered. I have a friend who moved from Texas to Winnipeg, Manitoba and at one point I had made an innocent comment, about a mullato guy person I knew. Actually I think that's how I decribed the person, "5'8 guy, glasses, looks like he may be mulato."

She looked at me like I had just slept with her mother, and made some rude comment towards me. She later apologized and said something to the effect of "calling someone Mullato is considered pretty rude back home".


My question is, why? I think I'm pretty sure I know the answer but would like someone from the U.S. to just explain, I guess.
 
2009-10-21 03:16:23 AM  
UncleStumpy: madblader: "Hello 911? There are some mulato children playing 20 yards from my house. Send all available units ASAP!"

This reminds of a question I'm hoping can get answered. I have a friend who moved from Texas to Winnipeg, Manitoba and at one point I had made an innocent comment, about a mullato guy person I knew. Actually I think that's how I decribed the person, "5'8 guy, glasses, looks like he may be mulato."

She looked at me like I had just slept with her mother, and made some rude comment towards me. She later apologized and said something to the effect of "calling someone Mullato is considered pretty rude back home".


My question is, why? I think I'm pretty sure I know the answer but would like someone from the U.S. to just explain, I guess.


I have no idea. I live in Florida and I never heard of mulatto being used as an insult. Now, the N-word, yes, heard that a lot from white and blacks to insult black people. Stupid, if you ask me.

And being arrested for this ridiculous? How about not calling emergency services for your BS you nutjob? Insane people, think the world owes them a living.
 
2009-10-21 03:16:32 AM  
UncleStumpy: madblader: "Hello 911? There are some mulato children playing 20 yards from my house. Send all available units ASAP!"

This reminds of a question I'm hoping can get answered. I have a friend who moved from Texas to Winnipeg, Manitoba and at one point I had made an innocent comment, about a mullato guy person I knew. Actually I think that's how I decribed the person, "5'8 guy, glasses, looks like he may be mulato."

She looked at me like I had just slept with her mother, and made some rude comment towards me. She later apologized and said something to the effect of "calling someone Mullato is considered pretty rude back home".


My question is, why? I think I'm pretty sure I know the answer but would like someone from the U.S. to just explain, I guess.


Oh, it's that sensative, politically correct crap we're dealing with these days. I guess its akin to calling a black person "colored". I believe the "correct" term is now "mixed".
 
2009-10-21 03:18:57 AM  
UncleStumpy: My question is, why? I think I'm pretty sure I know the answer but would like someone from the U.S. to just explain, I guess.

It can be offensive depending on who is saying it and who it's being said to. It was an institutionalized word to describe anybody from a mixed white-dark background, and used for hundreds of years during the slave-owning era, so it's been phased out along with "negro" and "colored", although it's not seen as offensive as either of those. Larry David can fill you in better than I can, though.
 
2009-10-21 03:39:14 AM  
at80eighty: Bathia_Mapes: other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.

we have 999. Ive asked a cop if they had to deal with extraneous calls from unlocked keypads & the numbers were far lower than one would expect. it just seems more logical in an emergency


I use a keypad lock on my candy bar style phone but dialing an emergency number is an override to the lock. My phone has pocket dialed emergency services 4 times now. I even clipped the pad's nub down to make it harder and it still happened once more. But for some reason my Nokia will dial emergency if 911, 112 or 119 is pressed. I imagine the last one is for the idiots but I have no idea why 112 works.

Successfully pocket dialing any of those numbers + send is amazing to me.
 
2009-10-21 03:43:07 AM  
samardzic77: Oh, it's that sensative, politically correct crap we're dealing with these days. I guess its akin to calling a black person "colored". I believe the "correct" term is now "mixed".

This issue isn't so black and white...
 
2009-10-21 03:49:04 AM  
This is from a country where the national pastime for old ladies is to sit at the hospital all day chatting with their friends and complaining to the doctor about imagined pains.


UncleStumpy: mullato

I'm from Oregon and I've never felt a negative stigma to the word. Sometimes people just get their panties in a twist.

I used to know this friend of a friend back at my university. She was 1/4th Asian. We would all sit around talking about guys.
"I like black boys", "I prefer white guys." etc. etc. And she was fine with it until I said "I think yellow guys are hot."

She gaped at me all wide eyed and said "Can you not say that!? It really offends me. I'm part Asian you know."

I thought she was joking but she was dead serious. We didn't hang out much after that.
 
2009-10-21 03:49:53 AM  
Stealthdozer: samardzic77: Oh, it's that sensative, politically correct crap we're dealing with these days. I guess its akin to calling a black person "colored". I believe the "correct" term is now "mixed".

This issue isn't so black and white...


Attractive and successful half-African half-European American, please.
 
2009-10-21 03:52:07 AM  
NOTE TO SELF: In Japan, 911 for fire is spelled backwards.
 
2009-10-21 03:54:57 AM  
cksewell: Bathia_Mapes: FTA...Police arrested a 61-year-old man on Tuesday for obstruction of duty after he allegedly called the 110 emergency number over 12,000 times


This just in submitter...with the exception of the U.S. & Canada, other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.

Do you really want to argue the digits?


Well, the new number is 0118 999 881 999 119 725... 3
 
2009-10-21 04:21:17 AM  
The ridiculous part is somewhere, someone said, "That's it! 12,299 we could deal with, but 12,300 crosses the line."
 
2009-10-21 04:29:59 AM  
Dictionary says "ridiculous" means "Deserving or inspiring ridicule."

Yeah, I'd say his actions, and getting arrested for it, certainly does inspire us to give him some well-deserved ridicule.

/It's a community service we provide.
 
2009-10-21 04:33:04 AM  
Make that man an honorary member of Public Enemy!
 
2009-10-21 04:37:57 AM  
carnifderome: at80eighty: Bathia_Mapes: other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.

we have 999. Ive asked a cop if they had to deal with extraneous calls from unlocked keypads & the numbers were far lower than one would expect. it just seems more logical in an emergency

I use a keypad lock on my candy bar style phone but dialing an emergency number is an override to the lock. My phone has pocket dialed emergency services 4 times now. I even clipped the pad's nub down to make it harder and it still happened once more. But for some reason my Nokia will dial emergency if 911, 112 or 119 is pressed. I imagine the last one is for the idiots but I have no idea why 112 works.

Successfully pocket dialing any of those numbers + send is amazing to me.


My guess would be that since Nokias are Finnish phones, and the emergency number there (and most of Europe) is 112, it stands to reason they'd throw that option in there too. Same problem happened to me with my old clamshell, both 911 AND 112.

And according to this, 112 is a mobile phone-specific emergency number in a lot of places. (new window)
 
2009-10-21 04:55:06 AM  
carnifderome: my Nokia will dial emergency if 911, 112 or 119 is pressed. I imagine the last one is for the idiots but I have no idea why 112 works.

common in Europe.

even the nokias we get here activate the 112 - I guess they hardcode it & ship em out regardless of end destination
 
2009-10-21 05:52:45 AM  
at80eighty:
even the nokias we get here activate the 112 - I guess they hardcode it & ship em out regardless of end destination


Well, almost. It's by careful design.
The number the phone is actually dialing differ, of course, between countries (some countries recognize different numbers too, as a failsafe). But the reasoning behind leaving most common emergency number sequences in the phone is because if someone from Europe with the 112 number is in the US and having an emergency he och she should be able to dial 112 and still get in touch with emergency services.
 
2009-10-21 06:40:07 AM  
At least he isn't plowing his car through crowded street markets.
 
2009-10-21 07:28:52 AM  
He's right. His problem, and he does have a problem, will not be resolved via his wallet, or a cage.
 
2009-10-21 08:00:35 AM  
tvmedia.ign.com

/first thing I thought of when I read 9-11
//obscure?
 
2009-10-21 08:03:29 AM  
Bathia_Mapes: FTA...Police arrested a 61-year-old man on Tuesday for obstruction of duty after he allegedly called the 110 emergency number over 12,000 times


This just in submitter...with the exception of the U.S. & Canada, other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.


This just in, Fark is mostly North American. Coming up soon: Douchebags who point out regional differences as a way of feeling superior.
 
2009-10-21 08:18:23 AM  
GranoblasticMan:

Well, the new number is 0118 999 881 999 119 725... 3

Came for this.

//Taken a bit of a tumble
 
2009-10-21 08:25:11 AM  
It is ridiculous. Just sent him a bill for every false alarm.
 
2009-10-21 08:25:14 AM  
Call Block.
This guy has cried wolf too many times.
Let his roast/die of a heart attack/in a puddle of his own blood.
 
2009-10-21 08:27:15 AM  
TheOmni:

Fark's user base is something like 80% American, so of course the American version is going to be the one usually referred to, just as most of the headlines are written in the American dialect of English. I'm not sure I understand why you took such offence to this headline.

FTFY.
 
2009-10-21 08:29:08 AM  
almex: Not just 911, subby used 9-11. NEVER FORGET!

Makes you wonder. Did people forget the emergency number all the time before the attacks?

/not serious
 
2009-10-21 08:33:03 AM  
TheOmni:

So we meet again.
 
2009-10-21 09:21:07 AM  
LavenderWolf: Bathia_Mapes: FTA...Police arrested a 61-year-old man on Tuesday for obstruction of duty after he allegedly called the 110 emergency number over 12,000 times


This just in submitter...with the exception of the U.S. & Canada, other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.

This just in, Fark is mostly North American. Coming up soon: Douchebags who point out regional differences as a way of feeling superior.


Hey, ease up on Bathia. If you had a boss as cool as Duke Leto Atreides who was murdered and replaced by a scumbag pedophile POS like Baron Harkonnen, you'd be pretty pissy too.
 
2009-10-21 09:32:38 AM  
LavenderWolf: Bathia_Mapes: FTA...Police arrested a 61-year-old man on Tuesday for obstruction of duty after he allegedly called the 110 emergency number over 12,000 times


This just in submitter...with the exception of the U.S. & Canada, other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.

This just in, Fark is mostly North American. Coming up soon: Douchebags who point out regional differences as a way of feeling superior.


I totally read that in (anchorwoman) Diane's voice from Family Guy. And it made me think of a quote I just read sommmmeewhherrree, can't remember wherrre. It was something to the effect of "Whatever. They're foreigners. Fark them." If that was for real then...Yeesh.
 
2009-10-21 09:44:14 AM  
Crotchrocket Slim: LavenderWolf: Bathia_Mapes: FTA...Police arrested a 61-year-old man on Tuesday for obstruction of duty after he allegedly called the 110 emergency number over 12,000 times


This just in submitter...with the exception of the U.S. & Canada, other locations do not use 911 as their primary emergency number.

This just in, Fark is mostly North American. Coming up soon: Douchebags who point out regional differences as a way of feeling superior.

Hey, ease up on Bathia. If you had a boss as cool as Duke Leto Atreides who was murdered and replaced by a scumbag pedophile POS like Baron Harkonnen, you'd be pretty pissy too.


And, I just realized that I'm about to be pwned by people who remember those novels far better than I.

/Need caffeine, STAT
 
2009-10-21 09:59:47 AM  
Should be forced to listen to The Boy Who Cried Wolf as recorded by Gilbert Gottfried, every hour on the hour, for 10 years.
 
2009-10-21 10:30:59 AM  
mattyc: /first thing I thought of when I read 9-11
//obscure?


Obscure enough for me. What show is that? Some sort of cartoon obviously, but I'm not familiar with it. Is "Lois Griffin" the main character? And why is Adam West there? Did they really get him to voice a part?? What country/network? Do they still make new episodes?
 
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