911 is for emergencies only. That includes robberies, assault and, in Connecticut, the amount of mayonaise that goes on your cold-cut sandwich.
Rother McLennon of East Hartford placed an order of 14 sandwiches with the Grateful Deli. McLennon had asked for a very specific type of sandwich: a little bit of turkey, a little bit of ham, a lot of cheese and a lot of mayonaise. When he did not receive a satisfactory sandwich, McLennon complained. Since the sandwiches had already been made, the deli refused to alter his order.
That’s when McLennon took the law into his hands. Actually, he took the deli phone into his hands and dialed in his emergency.
While the police couldn’t do a whole lot about McLennon’s predicament, a patient dispatcher did offer some sage advice. She walked McLennon through the emergency by explaining that if he doesn’t like the sandwiches he receives, he should not buy them.
Here’s a partial transcript of the exchange:
Dispatcher: You’re calling 911 because you don’t like the way they’re making your sandwich?
Dispatcher: So then don’t buy it.
Phew. Disaster averted.