Monday, June 15, 2009

Despite media warnings, some morons called 911 when their analog TVs went dark

Told you so.
As I predicted last Thursday, some idiots would call 9-1-1 when their analog TVs went blank because of the digital TV transition on Friday.
On Twitter, many people commented about seeing TV news anchors cautioning them not to call the 911 emergency number to report problems receiving TV programming, which is clearly not an emergency. (See screenshot above.)
Maybe to some people, not getting “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is considered an emergency.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday that “A few St. Louisans who woke up Friday morning without TV called 911 for help.” The St. Louis Fire Department received less than 100 calls Friday morning, “with several of those calls going through the 911 system,” the paper reported.
I can only assume that similar calls happened in major metropolitan areas nationwide. No arrests were reported, so apparently the cops are giving the morons a break.

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