911 Dispatcher Reprimanded Over Wisecrack

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    Even though I think this is friggin hilarious, I do agree with the dispatcher being reprimanded:

    WATAUGA, Texas Apr 13, 2005 — A 911 dispatcher was reprimanded for responding to a mother's plea for help with an unruly child by saying: "OK. Do you want us to come over to shoot her?"

    "I admit what I did. It was stupid, it was inexcusable and I'm sorry," said dispatcher Mike Forbess.

    The woman, identified only as Lori in Wednesday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram, said she recently phoned authorities after coming home to find her daughters fighting. She told the dispatcher that her 12-year-old had kicked a hole in the door.

    After Forbess' comment, the woman fell silent for about five seconds.

    "Are you there?" Forbess asked.

    "Excuse me?" the woman asked.

    Forbess, a dispatcher for five years at the Watauga Department of Public Safety, told her he was joking and apologized. But the woman was offended, and Forbess immediately told his supervisor what happened.

    "This type of response cannot be tolerated, and this letter shall serve as notice that any future unprofessional responses while answering the 911 line will be cause for termination," Police Chief David Van Laar wrote to Forbess.

    Watauga is a Fort Worth suburb of about 22,100 residents.



    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=667181
     
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    When I was in first grade I lived on Perdido Drive in Watauga.... There sure as hell wasn't 22,000 people living there then.... :laugh:
     
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    The next thing that should happen is you send mommy a fine for being so incredibly damn stupid as to tie up city emergency resources for something like that. Then you send in social services and take the kids out of the house and send them somewhere where they will get the appropriate discipline that they are obviously lacking. Then you take mommy to court and sentence her to attend parenting classes - at her own expense - for a year. If she completes the course, she gets the little monsters back.
     
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    The mom who would call 911 because she cannot control her child is the kind of person who would be offended, and likely she'll try to sue for emotional distress.
     
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    Did you listen to the E-911 tape of the stupid bitch who wanted the cops sent to the local Burger King because they kept getting her order wrong?

    There is only one cure for people who are THAT stupid - it has to cost them money. They need to be fined big time for dumbass stunts like this.
     
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    Frankly, the 911 dispatcher should have ascertained taht the kids were not threatening any harm to anything outside that house. Then he should have said "Woman, learn how to take care of your own damn kids!" and hung up.
     
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    What is wrong with people, that they could get that agitated over a wrong order that, in their minds, it justifies calling 911???????

    As for the mom, what is wrong with people that they don't understand when they have a child, it is their job to raise him, not the government's?????
     
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    This is so wrong. That guy shouldn't have been fired. The guy had ever right to not be kind to that woman. She was illegally tying up emergency lines because she wouldnt discipline her own dang kids.

    I don't see any reason why we should require 911 dispatcher's to be nice to people who waste the cities time. This is such a travesty of justice that a man lost his job because some woman is too incompetant to raise her own kids.
     
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    I heard the tape of this call... LMAO!
    I'll bet Chief David Van Laar probably laughed as well...But had to write a letter..cya thing.
     
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    I believe that there should be laws against using 911 unless life is immediately threatened. Calls like this tie up the lines in some places such as NYC so that people with real emergencies cannot get through when they need to.

    Serious fines should be levied on people who make such frivolous calls as this one, as well as education efforts to inform people of what constitutes an emergency call and what the non-emergency number to the police station is.

    A hole in the wall is not reason to call 911 ever.

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