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(CF News 13)   Dispatcher: 911, what is your emergency? Caller: My phone won't call out. It says emergency numbers only   (cfnews13.com) divider line 43
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2013-04-03 01:33:38 PM
Waiting for:

911 What's the emergency?

My phone won't call out. It says emergency numbers only

Okay. And....

Could you forward me to my friend's cell? The number is....
 
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2013-04-03 01:35:17 PM
damn.
 
2013-04-03 01:35:19 PM
Being stupid should be more painful.
 
2013-04-03 01:35:29 PM
On par with the whole 'I need the number for 911'
 
2013-04-03 01:35:44 PM
www.cfnews13.com

I aint afraid of no phone cops.

myoldkentuckytales.com

Phone cops!?
 
2013-04-03 01:36:21 PM
Pay your bill crackhead
 
2013-04-03 01:36:26 PM
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2013-04-03 01:37:30 PM
I have no problem with people like this getting a regular beat down.
 
2013-04-03 01:38:44 PM
It is, in fact, a flawed system that won't let you contact customer service/billing when this happens.
 
2013-04-03 01:39:02 PM
Geezus.  Where in the hell do these people come from?  Oh, yeah....Wal Mart.
 
2013-04-03 01:39:53 PM
At least it wasn't like my old Blackberry that if the screen was locked and you breathed on the phone it would call 911.

I don't know how many times I pocked dialed 911 with the screen freaking locked.  If you didn't lock the screen it would pocket dial everyone else in your contact list.
 
2013-04-03 01:41:19 PM

BarkingUnicorn: It is, in fact, a flawed system that won't let you contact customer service/billing when this happens.


*611 works for me

/T-moble
//All carriers don't have something similar?
 
2013-04-03 01:42:19 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-03 01:43:59 PM
Should have called dog.  He's always there to yelp.

www.hammillpost.com
 
2013-04-03 01:44:57 PM

jfivealive: Pay your bill crackhead


I have no doubt this is the issue here, but my cheap ATT phone locks up and does this on occasion, despite the bill being current. It's a simple fix, it needs to be turned off and back on, but this fine lady doesn't seem smrt enough to figure it out.

One of these day, ATT. One of these days...
 
2013-04-03 01:56:45 PM

Harry Freakstorm: Waiting for:

911 What's the emergency?

My phone won't call out. It says emergency numbers only

Okay. And....

Could you forward me to my friend's cell? The number is....


I have had that happen to me. I've also been called a dumb biatch when I explain the police cannot fix their phone. Yes, I'M the stupid one with my working cellphone.

I've also had people baffled when I tell them they have to call their provider from another phone to try and fix it. "Where am I supposed to get another phone?!?" You don't know anyone that can lend you their phone for a call?

Although it is a pain in the ass when it gets stuck on that emergency screen. If shutting it off doesn't work, give it 5 minutes and it should let you out of that screen on its own

Lesson 1: don't call 911 for the non-emergency number if 411 will suffice.
Lesson 2: if you accidentally dial 911 just stay on the line and say it was an accident.You won't get in trouble, I promise.
 
2013-04-03 01:56:56 PM
I had this happen once, about 13 years ago. Phone was offline, but had a button labelled SOS. Thought it might mean cell phone central, so I called SOS. Militant-dude police man growls what's my emergency shiat at me, and I'm all like umm...errrr....click.
 
2013-04-03 02:07:26 PM
Brother in law works for 911 dispatch, said this happens weekly, says it's rarely prosecuted because it's mainly old folk who don't know what to do when their phone stops working, and departments don't have the money anyway.

/thinks it should earn you an auto-fine.
 
2013-04-03 02:08:08 PM

BarkingUnicorn: It is, in fact, a flawed system that won't let you contact customer service/billing when this happens.


The one time I forgot to pay my bill (lazily didn't set up auto pay on a new contract)... every call I tried to make went right to Verizon billing, where they informed me I needed to pay up.

(I assume 911 went to 911, I believe that's the law)

So, yeah, their system is kinda farked up.  I mean, if someone's late... you want to take every opportunity to get them to pay.
 
2013-04-03 02:09:23 PM
I'm going to step out on a limb here, and guess that's not actually a "Seminole (Indian) Woman," as advertised.

/probably didn't attend Florida State, either

//go noles
 
2013-04-03 02:12:09 PM
Operator: Unfortunately, that's something you're going to have to call your phone company for, we can't help with that.


Caller: I can't even do that!

ROFL
 
2013-04-03 02:16:07 PM
Believe it or not, it is appropriate to call 911 for minor domestic disputes, at least where I'm from. There is no public access to a non-emergency police number anymore. One time I asked a girl to leave me alone and stop contacting me, and she sent me a text the next day. I just wanted a cop to scare her with the threat of a stalking/harassment charge so she'd take it seriously. I dug around for like 20 minutes to find the desk number for the police, and when I finally got through, they told me to hang up and call 911.
 
2013-04-03 02:17:46 PM

deadsanta: Brother in law works for 911 dispatch, said this happens weekly, says it's rarely prosecuted because it's mainly old folk who don't know what to do when their phone stops working, and departments don't have the money anyway.

/thinks it should earn you an auto-fine.


911 dispatcher here. Yes, at least weekly. Had one person say "My phone told me to dial 911 so I did."
 
2013-04-03 02:19:43 PM
I had a one-night-stand a few years ago and we swapped numbers. 3 days later I get a ass dialed call from her. I listened for about 20 minutes of her arguing with I guess was her boyfriend. Evidently they were out somewhere trying to score some coke. Interesting conversation and change of dialect from the girl that a few nights earlier spoke perfect English.

Never called her back.
 
2013-04-03 02:21:56 PM

Dairy King: deadsanta: Brother in law works for 911 dispatch, said this happens weekly, says it's rarely prosecuted because it's mainly old folk who don't know what to do when their phone stops working, and departments don't have the money anyway.

/thinks it should earn you an auto-fine.

911 dispatcher here. Yes, at least weekly. Had one person say "My phone told me to dial 911 so I did."


lol classic. I wonder if a FOIA request would get access to all the local silly 911 calls, that would make a hell of a compilation.
 
2013-04-03 02:22:59 PM
This actually happened to me once. I had called 911 to report a drunk driver, and the next day tried to call out only to get 911 again. The operator was actually a lot of help. I had no idea that a cell phone locked into 911 like this.
 
2013-04-03 02:37:26 PM
I've had 911 leave my phone locked in emergency mode. I had to call them to release my number. They finally restored service to it once they realized the 911 call was over.
 
2013-04-03 02:38:29 PM

Harry Freakstorm: [www.cfnews13.com image 720x480]

I aint afraid of no phone cops.

[myoldkentuckytales.com image 450x344]

Phone cops!?


That and the "Turkey Drop" were 2 of the greatest moments in TV history.
 
2013-04-03 02:41:27 PM
To be fair, it is damn hard to find a non-emergency number for your local police, because really, they don't wanna hear about your stolen car or whatever,
 
2013-04-03 02:48:51 PM
Mine doesn't lock onto 911, it locks into "emergency calls only" even when the bill is paid up. I've never called 911 from this phone. It goes back to normal if I shut it off and back on. I just assumed it's because it's a cheap, crappy phone and/or ATT sucks.
 
2013-04-03 02:49:47 PM

ltdanman44: BarkingUnicorn: It is, in fact, a flawed system that won't let you contact customer service/billing when this happens.

*611 works for me

/T-moble
//All carriers don't have something similar?


Does that info pop up on screen when your phone is disabled, along with the "emergency calls only" advisory?
 
2013-04-03 03:13:26 PM

deadsanta: Brother in law works for 911 dispatch, said this happens weekly, says it's rarely prosecuted because it's mainly old folk who don't know what to do when their phone stops working, and departments don't have the money anyway.

/thinks it should earn you an auto-fine.


I have a friend who ran a call center. Well, all the call centers for Verizon in New England.
/odd, because I don't own a cell.
Anyway, she told me when they don't pay, they can dial 911, AND they can dial accounts receivable for the cell provider.
 
2013-04-03 03:25:14 PM

vudukungfu: Anyway, she told me when they don't pay, they can dial 911, AND they can dial accounts receivable for the cell provider.


Usually *611 will usually connect you to the provider which will reverse look-up the number and then route you to the collections department. What convenience! You don't even have to ask!
 
2013-04-03 03:31:05 PM

themasterdebater: Usually *611 will usually connect you to the provider which will reverse look-up the number and then route you to the collections department. What convenience! You don't even have to ask!


Which is why these twits need a beat down.
If you are too stupid to figure this out, too stupid to pay your bill, then you aren't important enough of a person to require 24/7 telephonic connectivity.

/One of the reasons I don't have a cell, is I see people who have them and realize they could connect to me any time they want to if they get my number. I work in a call center doing tech support, and I don't get paid to talk on the phone when i'm not at work. Therefore  if you call me, Expect me to act exactly as if I'm not being paid to be nice to you, help you out, and do expect me to vent horrifically upon thee whit a vengeance reserved for the last few pages of Dante's Inferno.
/rant off, will save it for the robocall thread.
 
2013-04-03 03:31:51 PM

BarkingUnicorn: ltdanman44: BarkingUnicorn: It is, in fact, a flawed system that won't let you contact customer service/billing when this happens.

*611 works for me

/T-moble
//All carriers don't have something similar?

Does that info pop up on screen when your phone is disabled, along with the "emergency calls only" advisory?


No, it doesn't appear on the screen.  You need to do a little thinking for yourself.  If you dial 611 you will be directed to the customer support for the carrier of the tower you are connected too.  Works for landlines too.  It's been a common convention for a long time.  With delinquent cellphone accounts most carriers direct any outgoing calls other than to 911 to their billing department, as long as you are not roaming.
 
2013-04-03 03:59:22 PM
"Sarah...I am the emergency number so when I am calling for emergencies I do not need to talk to me, I need to talk to Andy...you know that..no I don't know the special's at the diner"

encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-03 04:13:59 PM

Greylight: BarkingUnicorn: ltdanman44: BarkingUnicorn: It is, in fact, a flawed system that won't let you contact customer service/billing when this happens.

*611 works for me

/T-moble
//All carriers don't have something similar?

Does that info pop up on screen when your phone is disabled, along with the "emergency calls only" advisory?

No, it doesn't appear on the screen.  You need to do a little thinking for yourself.  If you dial 611 you will be directed to the customer support for the carrier of the tower you are connected too.  Works for landlines too.  It's been a common convention for a long time.  With delinquent cellphone accounts most carriers direct any outgoing calls other than to 911 to their billing department, as long as you are not roaming.


Also, the billing department (along with support, etc.) are often pre-loaded into your contacts list.
 
2013-04-03 04:16:33 PM

ltdanman44: BarkingUnicorn: It is, in fact, a flawed system that won't let you contact customer service/billing when this happens.

*611 works for me

/T-moble
//All carriers don't have something similar?


If the phone can't communicate with the SIM card, 611 won't work. It won't even know which provider to call. Turning the phone off and on usually works; if not, you should try pulling the SIM and putting it back in.
 
2013-04-03 07:04:01 PM

redTiburon: To be fair, it is damn hard to find a non-emergency number for your local police, because really, they don't wanna hear about your stolen car or whatever,


Odd. That must be a regional preference in your area because everywhere I've lived in my life, the local PD has prominently published their non-emergency phone # online and in the phone book.
 
2013-04-03 07:05:06 PM

redTiburon: To be fair, it is damn hard to find a non-emergency number for your local police, because really, they don't wanna hear about your stolen car or whatever,


311 works in a lot of jurisdictions.  Google works in most of the others.  You can also call your operator and ask to be connected to the non emergency police number.
 
2013-04-03 07:31:33 PM

Tommy Moo: Believe it or not, it is appropriate to call 911 for minor domestic disputes, at least where I'm from. There is no public access to a non-emergency police number anymore. One time I asked a girl to leave me alone and stop contacting me, and she sent me a text the next day. I just wanted a cop to scare her with the threat of a stalking/harassment charge so she'd take it seriously. I dug around for like 20 minutes to find the desk number for the police, and when I finally got through, they told me to hang up and call 911.


The desk is different than dispatch.  You need an officer to come to you and see the text message.  The cop at the desk is there in case someone walks into the lobby and needs handling / info or if someone wants to make a report over the phone.

The worst people are the ones that give disables-donated cell phones to their children to play with.

google fu fails me, but there are a few bingo boards for 911 calling.  calling for 911 and asking for the non-emergency number is very common.
 
2013-04-03 07:50:54 PM
I for one am proud to live in a nation that locks people up for obviously not understanding how their cell phone works.
 
2013-04-03 10:34:53 PM
911 operators should be trained to handle situations like this. I've had phones that stay in 911 mode until you pull the battery, some for a set amount of time, some you have to it certain buttons to disable.

I'm not ready to label this lady as the dumbass of the day just yet.
 
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