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December 2, 2013

The strangest non-emergency 911 calls

From missing chicken nuggets to problems with math, there are some strange reasons people call 911. Here's a list of the most bizarre. 

McNugget problem

A Florida woman calls 911 three times to complain that her local McDonald's is out of chicken nuggets. (March 2009)

Burger King complaint

A woman calls 911 after she is unable to get the hamburger she wants at Burger King.

Locked in car

A woman in Kissimmee, FL, calls 911 claiming to be locked inside her car. (March 2009)

Marijuana question

A Connecticut man calls 911 to ask how much trouble he could get into for growing marijuana. (February 2011)

Out of cigarettes

A woman in Texas calls 911 asking for cigarettes. (February 2013)

Homework help

A four-year-old girl calls 911 asking for help with her math.

Ride to liquor store

A man in Florida calls 911 requesting a ride to the liquor store.

Drunk driver report

A Wisconsin woman calls to turn in a drunk driver--herself. (October 2009)

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