A few months ago, a reddit thread asked 911 operators, “What is the one call that you could never forget?” The answers all varied from person to person, but there was one story by Crux1836 that stood out in particular.
A woman called 911 and placed an order for a pizza. The operator on the other end was confused until he realized what was going on…
These are the words of Crux1836:
“I had a call that started out pretty dumb, but was actually pretty serious:
“123 Main St.”
“Ok, what’s going on there?”
“I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.” (oh great, another prank call).
“Ma’am, you’ve reached 911”
“Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?”
“Ummm…. I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911 right?”
“Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”
“Ok, Ma’am, is everything ok over there? do you have an emergency?”
“Yes, I do.”
“..And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?” (moment of realization)
“Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”
“I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”
“Can you stay on the phone with me?”
“Nope. See you soon, thanks”
As we dispatch the call, I check the history at the address, and see there are multiple previous domestic violence calls. The officer arrives and finds a couple, female was kind of banged up, and boyfriend was drunk. Officer arrests him after she explains that the boyfriend had been beating her for a while. I thought she was pretty clever to use that trick. Definitely one of the most memorable calls.”
This trick is a great one to remember considering domestic abuse cases usually mean that the person causing you harm would be in the same room watching your every move. It’s incredible how quick and outside-of-the-box thinking can save your life.