Husband calls 000 because his wife is stuck in what, now?

A husband has been publicly shamed for calling emergency because his wife’s jacket zipper was stuck. We’re not kidding. Listen to how it all unfolded.

“911, what’s your emergency?”

When an emergency dispatcher asks this question they expect to hear about a situation in which someone is in dire need of medical or emergency assistance of some kind. The last thing an operator expects to hear is that a husband needs emergency assistance because his wife’s jacket zipper was stuck. We know, we know, it can be incredibly frustrating when this happens but seriously? Just grease it up and yank it off for crying out louad.

Anyway, the operator does suggest they cut the zipper but the husband refuses because it’s a ‘really nice jacket’.

The call was released as part of Washington County’s “You Called 911 For That?” campaign aimed at reducing the number of non-emergency calls each year.

The craziest part of this story is that a fire fighting unit was dispatched to the address where they did manage to remove the jacket without damaging it. Um, can anyone say ‘enabler’?

Have a listen.

What first-world problem would see you call 000 on if it were appropriate?