This is why you don’t drink and dial.
There are many things that can constitute an emergency. For some, it could mean a trip to the hospital. For Allen Troy Brooks it meant running low on some brewskis. The Columbia, Tenn. man called the 911 emergency hotline several times last Saturday, asking for a ride so he could stock up. According to ABC News, that exchange sort of went something like this:
“Hey, you want to take me to the store?” [The] 67-year-old man from Columbia, Tenn., asked the 911 dispatcher. “I want to go to the store to get me a beer. I’ll pay you.”
“OK. Sir. I can’t take you to the store to get a beer,” the dispatcher said.
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It’s probably hard not to surmise that Brooks didn’t his beer at the end of the day. Instead of a trip to the liquor store, Brooks was arrested for making a call to 911 without a valid emergency, though he was later released on a $1,500 bond. (And just to clarify, no — running out of beer on a Saturday night is not an emergency.)
In response to his predicament, Brooks claims he had called the wrong number and was trying to reach a friend, though it had been noted Brooks had called 911 on 11 separate occasions in the past month. Each time, he just simply hung up on authorities.
Each state has different punishments for abusing 911, but in many places it can include jail time and a fine. Many local 911 systems are already being swamped by frivolous and non-emergency calls, making it more difficult to serve citizens in need of dire help.
Brooks has said he won’t do it again.