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Common sense: Don't ask 911 to find your phone

Most of us know 911 is for emergencies, but one woman felt that calling up the police and asking them to find her phone was a perfectly legit thing to do. And she is now facing charges over her history of calling 911 for non-emergencies.
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October 19, 2015
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Repeat after me: “Losing my phone is not a 911 emergency.” To be fair, that should be pretty obvious to most of us, but that apparently wasn’t the case with one Middletown Connecticut woman who felt that calling up the police and asking them to find her phone was a perfectly legit thing to do.

As the story goes, on the evening of October 3rd, an intoxicated woman called up the police in a panic asking about her phone, and then she abruptly hung up. The police responded to the call and when they showed up she said she had found it on her own and was “all set”. The police told her that calling 911 and asking them to find her phone wasn’t an appropriate thing to do, she responded with an eloquent “whatever”.

Now, alcohol can make you do stupid things and so it’d be easy to just laugh this one off, but the woman is actually facing charges over the matter. The reason? This is just one of more than 75 calls she has made to 911 since March 15, with almost all of them dealing with non-emergency issues.

So, before you get the urge to call 911, remember there are more efficient ways to find your phone, such as Android Device Manager, a 3rd party app, or even a dolphin if you end up dropping your phone in the water. (And yes, we know this story is pretty silly.. but I thought it was too funny not to share..)