It started out as a possible prank phone call, but luckily, one critically-thinking 911 operator was able to help. On a recent Reddit thread, a 911 dispatcher recalled an incident in which he received a call from a woman who seemed to want to place an order for a pizza. The woman was actually a victim of domestic violence, and was too afraid to call for help without disguising it.
The conversation was as follows:
“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?”
“Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”
“I have an officer about a mile from your location.”
The former 911 dispatcher is named Keith Weisinger, and the incident in question happened 10 years ago.
“I worked the graveyard shift, 6 p.m. – 6 a.m., and I remember this call being pretty late — close to midnight,” Weisinger told Buzzfeed. “I remember feeling relieved we had an officer close by who could respond quickly,” he added. Weisinger said he never found out what happened to the woman in question after the call.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi