A 10-year-old Illinois boy called 911 earlier this month because he didn’t like the dinner his dad served him, according to the Daily Herald.
I’m surprised my kids haven’t thought to do that yet.
Apparently, the boy told the 911 operator that the dinner his father served him was edible, but he didn’t like it.
Buffalo Grove police Cmdr. Steve Husak told the paper that he didn’t know what food the boy’s father had served. A police office spoke to the boy’s father and then gave the boy a lecture about when it is appropriate to dial 911. In an emergency!
“Most people utilize the 911 system correctly, however there are rare occasions in which citizens need to be reminded of the parameters of what is and is not a police matter,” Husak said.
A similar thing happened in the same town back in November 2009, when a 15-year-old local boy called 911 because his parents took away his video game system. He wanted to know whether his parents had legal grounds. The police officer told him to listen to his parents.
This recent situation serves as a good reminder to teach our kids about the 911 system. It’s amusing to hear about these stories, but in truth, it’s dangerous to occupy 911 officers with mundane matters when there are life and death situations they could be handling instead.
Do your kids know how to dial 911? And do they know to dial 911 only in a true emergency? In other words, not just because they don’t like what you’re serving for dinner.