Monday, February 4, 2008

Can I Help You?

We were sitting in a Chinese food restaurant this evening eating, and Shawna's phone rang.

I realize that the economy is poor; I pay attention to the news. But I didn't realize it was this bad.

It was 911 calling.

"Do you need emergency services, Ma'am?" they asked.

"Um...no," she replied, with a befuddled look.

"Oh. Well, do you need an emergency transport--and ambulance?"

"Uh, no I don't," she said, a little concerned.

"OK. There's nothing we can do for you then?" the woman asked.

"No. We're all fine."

"OK. Thank you anyways," the woman said, as she hung up.

Since when did 911 start cold-calling potential customers? I wonder if the head 911-guy got up this morning, called a staff meeting, and threatened rolling heads if "we don't pick up the pace of business around here."

It just seems a little bizarre to me. And, isn't that one service that is BETTER underutilized? It seems kind of...strange?--no, worse than strange--creepy, to push for more use of emergency services and equipment.

I wonder if they have frequent buyer discount cards?

(I'm not making this up folks; it's true!)

4 comments:

e said...

Maybe her phone called 911 or the universal cell emergency number 112by accident. And they were calling to make sure she didn't need help. Like if you call from a landline.

Willman's Blog said...

This is weird. My sim card went out of my phone yesterday and I heard Tressie talking on the phone to someone. I took the phone and asked the lady, "Hi, I'm sorry my kid had the phone, who is this?"
"This is 911."
"Are you serious?"
"Yes."
"I'm sorry. No emergency."
"Bye"
Funny thing is, I thought, how in the world did Tressie call 911? I looked at the number dialed and it was 326.
I wonder if 911 has a bug.

SheGazelle said...

I'm sure they call Shawna and the kids periodically as a precaution. I mean, they live with you...

Anonymous said...

PJ,

That is too wierd. I've never heard of that.

You have been on my mind lately, and I just want you all to know we love you and Hope all is well.

Oh, by the way, I love reading your blog.

Ruthie