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When NOT to Call 911 (But Some People Do!)

Hello, People! I hope your week is going great.

This morning I read an article on some of the dumbest 911 calls of 2015. Yes, someone actually keeps track of these. The article is about some of the 911 calls to B.C’s biggest call center for emergency calls. You can read the whole article….here.

I thought I would just list them here and save you some work. I’m good that way. Well, with some of my own commentary of course. Let’s see what they are…..

 

911

 

 Requesting the number for a local tire dealership.

Really? People call 911 for this? Do people not know what a phone book is? Or if you have one of those fancy cell phones (who doesn’t besides me?) just look it up! It’s not a dire emergency folks, not even if you are on the side of the road. Well, unless it’s dark…..and you see the headlights of a car stop behind you….and all you see is this shadow of someone with a hammer or crowbar or bat or gun or something in his hand….then ……RUN!!! Oh, and THEN call 911.

Reporting an issue with a vending machine.

Another that is just….well dumb. For one, vending machines are not to be trusted! They are sneaky money stealing machines. Do not use them if you don’t have to. Another thing….read the stickers on most vending machines. They usually have a number to call if the vending machine is broken.  But, 911, people? Really? What are the cops supposed to do? Arrest it?

Coffee shop is refusing to refill coffee.

Now, true, this should be against the law! But, it’s not. Coffee shops can refuse to refill coffee if they want. Some will, some won’t. Go to another place if the one you go to now doesn’t. Or pay for it. Do not call 911. Please.

“My roommate used my toothbrush.”

This one is my favorite! haha! In the comment section of the article some guy said not to call 911 (please don’t) BUT to sue them in small claims court. Really? So instead of tying up the emergency service lines….for clearly a non-emergency, you should instead clog up the court system even more with a lawsuit. Brilliant! NOT! I can just see the judge’s face as you present him with your 1.99 toothbrush, with the bristles all gnarly and say….”Clearly judge the roommate used this without compensating me! I would never brush in that direction you see the bristles! I brush in the opposite direction!”

Personally, I favor another commenter’s suggestion of using the brush to clean the toilet, putting it back and letting the roommate use it then. Yeah, I’m mean!

Asking for the non-emergency line.

I may not have a fancy cell phone, but even I know you can call 411 (NOT 911) and ask for information of this kind. Please, people, use it. Or again an old-fashioned phone book.

“My son won’t put his seatbelt on.”

Now I can understand getting frustrated with kids if they don’t want to put their seatbelts on. You’ve had a hard and long day, you’re picking up your kid, or doing the grocery shopping and you just want to get home and have that nice big glass of wine. The kid refuses to cooperate and won’t put the darn seatbelt on. Time to get serious with the little brat. Call the cops! Have him arrested! Take him to the ‘big house’. Yeah, that’ll teach him!

Um, no. Please don’t do that. Not only will you tie up the emergency line with what is clearly not an emergency, you might scar the little demon for life. He’ll grow up to be a career criminal and it will be on your head. So, save yourself the heartache and don’t push those buttons for 911.

Asking if it’s OK to park on the street.

I’m thinking that people who call 911 for this and are told to call the non-emergency line, next call 911 for that number! It’s a vicious circle, friends! It could all be resolved if people would look for those pesky road signs. They tell you if you can’t park there. Look up from those cell phones and take in the world around you! See that metal thing on that metal pole there? It’s a sign! No, not from God…but from the city. It tells you NO you cannot park there. So move it buster!

Asking for help getting a basketball out of a tree.

This must be the new ‘my kitty is stuck in the tree’ thing. There are things called ladders. Find one. Use it. And stop trying to be the next great basketball player. It’s not happening.

 Reporting that a building’s air system is too loud, preventing sleep.

There are people who work in these buildings….usually called maintenance people. Call them and get off the 911 line! Or better yet….have the manager of the building call them. That’s their job. For now, you can turn the air system down or off. Then you can get back to dreaming about that beautiful neighbor that won’t return your emails and thinks you’re a bit of a creep.

Or just put a pillow over your head.

 

There you have it, folks. Have you heard of any foolish reason someone called 911? Let’s start our own list! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Blogging, Christmas, Comic ~ Sam and Me, Humor, postaday

Sam and Me Comic

Hello, people!

I hope you had a great Christmas and now we are fast approaching New Year’s! Anyone have plans for New Year’s eve or day?

Here’s a Sam and Me comic about how pets enjoy the wrapping that gifts come in much more than then the toys themselves. Hope you enjoy it!

 

After Christmas!  (c)JLPhillips 2015
After Christmas!
(c)JLPhillips 2015

 

 

Posted in Christmas, Humor, nonfiction, postaday

Happy Boxing Day!

Hello people!

I hope everyone’s Christmas was super! Mine was quiet. Just the way I needed. Today in many parts of the world it’s Boxing Day. Here is a repeat of a post I did last year. Hope you enjoy and I hope you enjoy the day!

Happy Boxing Day 2013 Wishes Quotes Funny Greetings Sale USA UK NYC

Boxing Day ~~ (Via Wikipedia) This holiday is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their bosses or employers. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and some other Commonwealth nations. In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994. In Ireland and Italy, the day is known as St. Stephen’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Stiofáin) or the Day of the Wren (Irish: Lá an Dreoilín). In many European countries, including  Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia, 26 December is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day.

In Britain, Canada, and some states of Australia, Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, much like Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) in the US. It is a time where shops have sales, often with dramatic price reductions. For many merchants, Boxing Day has become the day of the year with the greatest amount of returns.  And that my friends is why I stay safely at home and laze around today. I hate shopping, but today is extra crazy out there.

Kwanzaa ~~ Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

(Via Wikipedia) Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba—the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said “is a communitarian African philosophy,” consisting of what Karenga called “the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.” These seven principles comprise *Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Kwanzaa symbols include a decorative mat (Mkeka) on which other symbols are placed, corn (Muhindi) and other crops, a candle holder Kinara with seven candles (Mishumaa Saba), a communal cup for pouring libation (Kikimbe cha Umoja), gifts (Zawadi), a poster of the seven principles, and a black, red, and green flag. The symbols were designed to convey the seven principles

National Candy Cane Day ~~ Now you know candy canes had to be celebrated at some point this month. So here it is! This day celebrates the sweet sugary treat that has become a traditional holiday candy. Candy Canes started as just all white sticks and it wasn’t until the turn of the century that the red stripe and the peppermint flavor was added. Many decorate their Christmas Trees with Candy Canes.

A recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks, white with colored stripes, was published in 1844. The candy cane has been mentioned in literature since 1866, was first mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874, And as early as 1882 was hung on Christmas trees.  Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed the earliest patents for candy cane making machines in the early 1920s.

There are several stories about how the candy cane came about, most of them with a religious bent. Some (like Snopes.com) have some convincing arguments against these stories. As for me, I’m just glad they are around to decorate trees with and to eat. Whichever way they came about, enjoy a candy cane today!

National Whiners Day ~~ When I found this holiday I laughed out loud. So fitting don’t you think, to have Whiners day on the day after Christmas? Today is the day you can whine about the bad gifts you received or the gifts you wanted but didn’t get!   National Whiners Day was founded in 1986 and is dedicated to those who like to whine. Especially, those who are returning or exchanging Christmas gifts. Actually, this day is to encourage everyone to appreciate what they have.

Rev. Kevin Zabor­ney, in 1986, des­ig­nated Decem­ber 26 as National Whiner’s Day. Rev. Zabor­ney founded the hol­i­day in hopes of encour­ag­ing peo­ple to be thank­ful for what they have, rather than unhappy about what they don’t have.

Sug­ges­tions for Cel­e­brat­ing National Whiner’s Day

*Visit a shop­ping mall or retail store and watch peo­ple “whine” as they return and exchange their hol­i­day gifts (remem­ber, it’s not only the cus­tomers who whine).

*Invite friends over, or plan a party, and call it a “Whine and Geeze” party! Serve non-alcoholic wine and cheese!

*Again, invite friends to a National Whiner’s Day party. In order to get in, your friends need to bring one unwanted gift, wrapped, for a white ele­phant exchange.

*Hold a whin­ing con­test at home or with friends, and invite a radio or tele­vi­sion sta­tion to broad­cast the event. Award the win­ner with a funny cer­tifi­cate or tro­phy. Make it more fun by scor­ing not only the whine qual­ity but on the whin­ing itself. For exam­ple, “Ohh­hhh, mooomm. Do I havvvvve to cleeeeean my roooomm?”

Either way, you celebrate the day, have fun!

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