The drunk guy who wouldn’t stop calling
A former emergency services operator, Ricardo Martinez II, reveals how “super-human patience” is one of the unwritten job requirements for an emergency services operator: “It was around two in the morning on a relatively quiet night when a man – obviously inebriated – called to demand a breathaliser test. Apparently, he’d been kicked out of a bar, and he was outraged because he was certain he wasn’t legally drunk and wanted to prove it.” When Martinez declined, explaining to the guy this wasn’t an emergency, the man not only became verbally abusive, he also kept calling. And calling. And calling – until Martinez finally dispatched a trooper to arrest the guy for misuse of 000.
Sorry, but you can’t use that on a pigeon
Quora contributor Scott Pritchard is a paramedic with a long list of ridiculous calls. One really stands out: the guy who called for a paramedic after running over a pigeon in his car. He asked for paramedics to rush to the scene with a defibrillator – for the pigeon.
She clearly needed help…
Pritchard once got a call from a woman who said she couldn’t walk. Her legs were fine, she said, but she was thirsty and could someone bring her a glass of water? A week later, the same woman called – this time she needed someone to help her get dressed.