911 Dispatchers Reveal Which Crimes Happen More Than You'd Think[rebelmouse-image 18344873 is_animated_gif=
911 operators get tons of calls every day, and a surprising number of them are for the same types of crimes - identity theft, drugs, and larceny are fairly common. But some people call emergency services for some pretty strange reasons, like being lost, or feeling lonely.
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
I need a button for when the bank robs me. #overdraftfees[rebelmouse-image 18344874 is_animated_gif=
I remember being surprised by how many bank alarm calls there were. Turns out, bank tellers accidentally bump the silent alarm button fairly often.
Remember the 72-hour rule? It's silly - and do missing people know they're missing? What if they just want to be left alone?[rebelmouse-image 18344875 is_animated_gif=
Cop here, not a crime, but the amount of missing people reported is insane. Normally juvenile runaways but I feel like it's hundreds a day.
It takes some gall to just steal a canoe in plain sight...[rebelmouse-image 18344876 is_animated_gif=
Former 911 operator;
What surprised me was the sheer amount of big-ticket item theft...
I'm talking like they walked into an electronics store and walked out with a 50"+ TV (or two or three or whole damn pallet of them)...or walking into a sporting goods store and walking out with a canoe.
It just floored me as to how frequently it happens. I guess if you act like you're supposed to be walking out of the store with a canoe, people don't seem to ask too many questions.
That's not a bomb, it's a 40.[rebelmouse-image 18344877 is_animated_gif=
My friend who was a 911 operator says that suspicious packages are reported all the time. 99.9999% of the time they're backpacks left by homeless people.
Man, people are really sensitive and paranoid.[rebelmouse-image 18344878 is_animated_gif=
As a former 999 operator, these 'crimes' were reported regularly-
Car parked across someone's driveway
Neighbors having a barbeque
Fireworks, even on Bonfire Night or New Year
Kids 'hanging around'
Children playing football
'I'm really drunk and I've lost my friends and I haven't got any money left, you need to come and pick me up' (No, we won't)
'Yeah, what it is yeah, it's all kicking off, get down here now!'
Let kids run their lemonade stands.[rebelmouse-image 18344879 is_animated_gif=
Lest anyone forget, you forgot to add to your list the ignorant aholes who call cops on little kids for running a godd_mn lemonade stand.
It's hard to find anyone that hasn't lost someone close to suicide.[rebelmouse-image 18344880 is_animated_gif=
Mom does dispatch. Not actually a crime per se but suicides. The number of times she tells me about talking to a parent/spouse/child that just found their loved one dead from suicide is depressing in and of itself. We live in Utah so our suicide rate is higher than almost everywhere in the nation.
Domestic violence has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.[rebelmouse-image 18344881 is_animated_gif=
Criminal lawyer here who has to listen to 911 recordings daily.
Family violence. Husband/wife, parent/child, elder abuse.
Almost every victim tells me by the time it's a criminal offense that's reported, it's been going on for years. And usually? It's someone from outside the family that reports.
Lots of people fall and then can't get up.[rebelmouse-image 18344882 is_animated_gif=
Alarm Company Dispatcher here
Old people slip out of bed ALL THE TIME. You don't really think about it but if they can't really move, they will probably just get into bed barely resulting in them falling out of bed during the night.
Life lesson: don't leave valuable stuff in your car. Learned that the hard way in DC years ago.[rebelmouse-image 18344883 is_animated_gif=
Larceny from your vehicle. Especially when your car is unlocked (which is stupid to ever do). People who break into cars for a "living" are quick, able to get in and out without breaking anything, and will take anything they can find.
Seems like every few months I need a new debit card because of fraud.[rebelmouse-image 18344884 is_animated_gif=
On the non-emergency side of the police calls we get, fraud and identity theft are really on the rise. Especially preying on the elderly, calling and saying a loved one is in jail and making them "pay" over the phone for bail. We have dozens of fraud calls pending every day. People are so trusting and naive to the fact that people are scamming them.
Welp, TIL DUI cases usually don't go anywhere, despite how cut and dry they appear to be.[rebelmouse-image 18344885 is_animated_gif=
DUI. We may have the plate, the location, the info of the driver but if the officer can't find them there's nothing that can be done.
To add onto that, I might tell an officer that they are obviously intoxicated and they clear the call with nothing done. They do that because DUI cases are a pain in the ass and often don't amount to anything which is a shame considering the amount of work that goes into them.???????
Living in New York City will teach you to take threats of towing seriously.[rebelmouse-image 18344887 is_animated_gif=
I had no idea how many cars get towed out of private lots. Years ago my wife and I were out and she suggested we just park in some strip mall's lot. There were signs everywhere advising you'll be towed so I decided against it.
Fast forward 4 years and I work for the agency that covers that parking lot. They tow a few cars every night. Never knew so many places made good on the threat.
Have you ever gotten a call saying you'd be arrested for owing money to the IRS? It's a scam, don't panic.[rebelmouse-image 18344890 is_animated_gif=
1) identity theft. Literally all the time. There are 100 different ways to do it just as many ways to cover your tracks.
2) scam callers claiming to be the publishers clearing house or the lottery or the IRS. I have people calling from the other side of the country claiming someone from my PD called and said they have a warrant and if they don't pay they will be arrested.
Here's a suggestion: don't get naked for strangers on Skype.[rebelmouse-image 18344891 is_animated_gif=
(S)extortion, by which I mean people getting naked for a stranger during a Skype chat, that stranger records and/or takes a bunch of screenshots, and then tells them it'll take $500 or more to prevent the video/pictures from being all over Facebook.
This used to be an occasional deal, maybe once every couple weeks, but lately, there are a few that come in every other day. A lot of it seems to come from the Philippines, or at least that's where the money gets sent, and yes some people do send the money.
Gangs are a symptom of a broken society that leaves people behind.[rebelmouse-image 18344892 is_animated_gif=
911 Dispatcher here. Gangs are very common. The most affluent part of my county has a rather dangerous gang and all the rich people in their gated communities are either ignorant or in denial. One woman was even offended that I even suggest the very notion it was possible.
Calling the cops because you're lost? Genius.[rebelmouse-image 18344893 is_animated_gif=
My mom is a dispatcher. Kind of different, but apparently she gets a large amount of non-emergency calls or people who can't explain where they are which isn't very helpful for her. I also imagine these callers are taking up a space that would be better used for an actual emergency.
There are hotlines people can call if they are feeling desperate.[rebelmouse-image 18344894 is_animated_gif=
People who phone wanting attention. I mean people who are lonely or bored.
It's saddening how many people phone up and say they're in pain/bleeding anything to get an ambulance and once the paramedics are there and assessing them, there is nothing wrong but they just wanted someone there.
Part of me wishes that people who do this and waste police/fire/ambulance times should be fined the amount it costs to send them out but then part of me realizes that these people may/may not have mental issues that aren't being met so where does the blame lie.???????
Lock your phones, people.[rebelmouse-image 18344895 is_animated_gif=
OH. Forgot about this one. Misdials of 911, especially babies playing with phones.... you have no idea how often babies happen to hit the right combination of keys to call 911 or activate the phone emergency functions. I mean it is a LOT. We get dozens and dozens of them a day.
June is a happy and exciting month for the LGBTQ+ community, being Pride Month.
Where people can proudly celebrate who they are and who they love.
And the crowds at these events seem to only grow bigger every year, as more and more LGBTQ+ allies also partake in the celebration.
Some of these allies might be late to the party, as it were, owing to the fact that they once held homophobic views, and only recently became more educated and changed their minds.
Redditor aestheticbear was curious what exactly it was that led former homophobes to change their previous views, leading them to ask:
"Former homophobic people of Reddit: what happened that made you stop being homophobic?"
It was what they were taught.
"Like many here, I grew up around people where homophobia was the norm."
"I come from a Latino, Mexican, background and I'm really ashamed of how much homophobia/hate in general there is in our culture."
"Since most Mexicans are Catholic, I grew up around the church a lot, especially since my father had once been a Catholic priest, long story."
"Growing up, and to this day, I was surrounded by lots of hate towards the LGTBQ+ community."
"My parents would often make remarks making queer people seem almost as if they were crazy."
"They would often say that they were crazy for wanting 'gay rights' and even saying 'yuck' if they saw a movie scene where 2 people of the same sex where kissing."
"As a kid, I was sort of brain washed into all of this."
"As I grew older, I learned more about the world around me especially learning from friends who had come out."
"I especially owe a lot to a teacher of mine who had opened my eyes up to many issues of our world."
"Now I'm a proud pansexual."- davvaz62
By simply getting to know them.
"I met some gay people."
"As it turns out they were just people"- moolord
By witnessing unjustified judgment.
"Not homophobic, but I woke up at about 10 when my mom said my uncle was banned from coming to our vacation condo by my father because he was gay."
"Before then I kind of let the arguments and both sides bit wash over me, but that was a crystallization point where I started noticing it as pure bigotry."
"I'm sorry the nicest dude in the family full of domestic violence and white collar drug abusers cant come to Christmas because he's gay?"
"You're both cheating on each other, sanctity of what marriage now?"- Robin_games
My mother knocked some sense into me
"My mom slapped me and told me everyone has a right to be happy."
"That was in 9th grade 13 years ago."- Bloodllust
"Homophobia was the norm when I was growing up."
"Then I got older and the political landscape changed which made me question my belief and I came to the conclusion it just didn't make any sense to be homophobic."- LuciferIsFallen
"Realized that, fundamentally, being gay is just 'what' you are. It’s not 'who' you are."
"I came out as gay."- pethal
"Stopped listening to my homophobic family and left their religion."
"Oh and also realized I myself was pretty gay."- Raidden
Just one moment of clarity
"I wasn't super homophobic, just a 'love the sinner, hate the sin' kind of guy."
"On my last day in high school, someone said 'Why do I care? They're not hurting me'."
"Cured me in three seconds."
"I still remember how magical that moment was for me."- Dirgonite
"There are 20 years between myself and my youngest brother."
"I, and my SO, was raised in an explicitly homophobic/biphobic/transphobic fundamentalist religion, that I left with my SO in my early 20s.
"So I had a lot of internalized, conditioned, toxic beliefs about the LGBTQ that needed to be deconstructed."
"My little brother was obviously either gay or bi and it was obvious from the time he was six imho."
"He came out to my sisters, SO, and I as bi when he was 11 and we were like 'tell us something we don't know lol'."
"I think watching him just grow up, it was obvious that he hadn't chosen to be that way, it was just how he was."
"This false narrative that LGBTQ are somehow defective or sinners became more disgusting to me over time."
"I can't remember exactly when it happened but my SO and I were like 'if our future child happened to be LGBTQ, could we teach that child the things we were taught about the LGBTQ?'"
"'We were like 'no, that would be evil'."
"Now, we have an 18yo niece that recently came out as lesbian and we feel honored to be the only family that she trusts enough to introduce to her first GF."
"Spending time with her just reaffirms the fact that there is nothing wrong with the LGBTQ, it was our upbringing that was defective."- Jormungandr91
It's amazing how so many ignorant people don't realize that all one needs to do to see a little more clearly is to open your eyes.
Here's hoping that they help others who remain as ignorant as they once were to open their eyes as well.
Everyone has unusual phobias.
Things which they simply can't bear the sight of, and are forced to turn away when they find themselves in the presence of it.
More often than not, these things are usually habits or behaviors which one normally wouldn't do in polite society.
But, have you ever been repulsed by something that the majority of people might consider "normal"?
Something that's just an everyday occurrence in life?
Redditor Allthelights011 was curious to learn what "normal" things fellow Reddit users were disgusted by, leading them to ask:
"What’s a completely normal thing you find disgusting?"
Fun to do, not to watch.
"Watching people eat."- elladeighthecat·
Just not my style
"Gauged ears, or is it gaged ears?"
"I don't know."
"Big gross holes in people's ears gross me the f*ck out."- alienanimal
Blood? No problem. Saliva on the other hand...
"I was a nurse for 6 months before I found a better paying job and I could deal with blood, feces and urine no problem but if someone is drooling or spitting it grossed me out."- sayziellwatching arrested development GIFGiphy
Just because it's nature doesn't mean it isn't gross.
"When animals are 'doin' it'."- Colonelfudgenustard
"I know it's completely normal but just the initial cramps and mood swings honestly suck."
Mmm, that's good.
"Licking fingers while eating."- scapstickoscar isaac eating GIFGiphy
Not pleasant to watch or do.
"The feeling after you puke is terrific."
"It's all the sh*t you feel beforehand and the act of throwing up itself that weirds me out."- geico_fire
No one needs them or needs to see them.
"I know people can’t help them and they’re painful to remove but they make me physically ill."- Stealthnt13
Wash your freakin' hands!
"Dirt in your nails"- dejavuthrills
If I didn't actually have to, I wouldn't...
"Pooping!"- stormwaltzToilet Pooping GIF by Alberto PozoGiphy
Perhaps what's most difficult about these particular aversions, is that ignoring or avoiding them, or simply looking the other way might not be possible.
Leaving one no other choice than to grin and bear it.
And maybe occasionally withhold the vomit you feel coming...
Chances are, you've been told to try new things ever since you were a little kid. I know I was.
Sometimes, certain activities or experiences seem crazy, and you don't even want to give them a chance.
This could be true of some things. For example, there is no reason to ingest tide pods.
Sometimes an activity or experience that seems crazy only seems that way because you haven't tried it yet.
I thought nothing good could come of mixing buttery popcorn with Swedish Fish, but now it's my favorite snack!
Redditor TheUnthinkableVids wanted to know about other things that seem crazy, but should be given a chance.
"What’s a “don’t knock it till you try it” experience that you would weirdly recommend?"
Having Fun Doing You
"It has a bad reputation of power tripping nerds deluding themselves in public with seemingly no self awareness, but give it a go."
"I found it was more like sparring with a stunt troupe. It was harder than it looked, and everyone was having fun doing their thing while ignoring the haters, which was pretty cool I must admit."
The Perfect Sauce
"Balsamic glaze on pizza."
"Have it on Vanilla ice cream. Amazing."
"Basalmic on watermelon is refreshing!"
"Climbing onto your roof"
"I like how most of the responses in this thread are "try psychedelics" or "go skydiving" or "see a therapist" but you're like, "have you ever been on your roof?""
"Gotta admit though, I've been on my roof and it's strangely satisfying. You get a vantage point to see something that you see everyday, just a little higher up."
"A lot of computer noobs think that they would never use more than one monitor, and they don't see the purpose behind it. Bruh. It's magical, trust me."
"I could use a third tbh"
"I was one of those computer noobs for the longest time. A second monitor changed my life. Then I eventually got a third.... And I can't lie if every now and then I didn't tell myself "a fourth monitor would be quite convenient in this situation....."
Cheese And Everything
"Fresh Mozzarella and honey"
"Or really any cheese and honey. I love eating sharp aged cheddar with hot honey."
"Cheese and jam on toast"
"Cream cheese and grape jelly sandwiches! (On toast)"
Pampering Is Always Good
"Pedicure for men."
"My mom made me get one with her when I was a teenager. It rocked. Adult me gets a pedi at least once a month now. $25 to sit in a massage chair while someone cuts my toenails and massages my feet/legs? Yes please!"
The Magic of Salt
"Black pepper and salt on watermelon"
"Salt on pineapple!"
"A little sprinkle of salt in your coffee"
"Salt in Fanta"
"Draw a bath, turn the shower on, turn the lights off, prop up an umbrella, have a headlamp, a beverage and a good book."
"You look crazy, but try it, you’ll like it."
Be Your Own Best Friend
"Go to a restaurant on your own. Cinema on your own."
Jumping Out Of A Plane...Safely
"Skydiving. I did a tandem for my 60th I wish I had of done it when I was younger and learnt to do it solo."
"Tandem skydiving instructor here - I wish everyone would try it at least once, it isn't as bad as most people expect, and is much safer than the general public is willing to admit! Glad you had fun :)"
You don't even have to try something if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, but sometimes pushing boundaries and stepping out of your comfort zone can be the best thing for you.
Give seemingly crazy things a chance, and who knows what could happen? You could end up finding a great new hobby... or at least something delicious to eat!
Wise people tend to glorify the past for good reason. Simpler times seemed to indicate just that. Less life drama.
While many technical advances have also made our current life easier, it certainly has come with its share of complications that never existed prior to another time.
Curious to hear from strangers online, one Redditor asked:
"What was actually better in the past?"
People found traveling, particularly flying, was less dramatic back in the day.
"This is true. We used to go to the airport to go to the cafe within the airport, watch the planes take off, people watch."
Comfort In The Skies
"Flying in general."
"More seat space, meals included (and a choice of meals), actual metal utensils, luggage included, no need to get to the airport 2 hours before your flight..."
A Proper Send-Off
"And you could say goodbye to your friends at the gate. Get there early before the flight and grab a leisurely meal with them. Man, airports used to be fun."
"In the 90s airport security took half as long."
Many Redditors believe living in the present is a huge economical inconvenience.
"Prices vs earnings."
"Psh. Try childcare. Our childcare cost for two children is more than our mortgage. When I was the same age, it cost my parents about $50/week. Today that would be roughly $135/week per kid. We’re paying $500/wk and still don’t have full time care for both kids. Sh*t’s crazy."
Criminals seemed to have a field day once upon a time.
"Being a criminal. If there was a security camera, it was too low resolution to make your face very identifiable."
"also DNA analysis and fingerprinting wasn't as good, no Internet to track you."
Leaving The Country Undetected
"It used to be that it was possible for someone to commit a serious crime, move across the country, and never be caught. As communications technology has improved, that’s no longer feasible."
How people occupied their time in the past seemed to be more favorable.
The Life-Line Device
"Smart phones too, Reddit is the only social media I use and still I stare at this f'king thing 5 hours a day. I know I’m addicted to it and I’d love to punt it but unfortunately it’s also my phone, my map, my camera, my tape measure, my dictaphone, my Walkman etc. etc."
The sentiment that the past was better stems largely from nostalgia.
Aside from accessing our Gameboys and Tamagochis, my friends and I would ride our bikes or skateboard out in the cul-de-sac.
We would scrape our knees from falling, get knocked to the ground playing freeze tag, and come home with dried mud on our clothes from a day of roughhousing.
It was some of the best times of my childhood, and I feel for today's youth who still have the option of playing outside but choose to live on their iPads and iPhones instead.
They don't know what they're missing, TBH. Maybe it's just me.