Incredible 911 call: Woman ‘orders pizza’ to report domestic abuse

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A former 911 operator recently posted a story on reddit about one of the most memorable calls he ever answered and the information might just save your life.

Reddit user Crux1836 described the emergency call he will never forget and now his post is going viral.

He explained the exchange with the caller, which he said he thought was a prank at first.

He said, “I had a call that started out pretty dumb but was actually pretty serious.”

Dispatcher: “911, where is you emergency?”
Caller: “123 Main St.”
Dispatcher: “Ok, what’s going on there?”
Caller: “I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.” (oh great, another prank call).
Dispatcher: “Ma’am, you’ve reached 911.”
Caller: “Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?”
Dispatcher: “Ummm… I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911, right?”
Caller: “Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”
Dispatcher: “Ok, Ma’am, is everything OK over there? Do you have an emergency?”
Caller: “Yes, I do.”
Dispatcher: “…And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?” (moment of realization)
Caller: “Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”
Dispatcher: “I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”
Caller: “Nope.”
Dispatcher: “Can you stay on the phone with me?”
Caller: “Nope. See you soon, thanks.”

Crux 1836 wrote: As we dispatch the call, I check the history at the address, and see there are multiple previous domestic violence calls. The officer arrives and finds a couple, female was kind of banged up, and boyfriend was drunk. Officer arrests him after she explains that the boyfriend had been beating her for a while. I thought she was pretty clever to use that trick. Definitely one of the most memorable calls.

See the full thread on reddit

16 comments

  • Bob

    It’s always beneficial for a child to see their mother get beat up. It teaches them that it must be acceptable because mother keeps coming back for more.

    Ladies, if you’re going to let your boyfriend treat you like a punching bag at least get your tubes tied so you won’t have children who grow up thinking it’s OK.

    • Donna Hudson

      Bob, maybe I am reading a typo. Don’t understand your comment, Its always beneficial? Your last comment makes no sense either. Bob….don’t think you understand some things about abuse. Hope it doesn’t hit home for you.

  • Dan Lane

    As a former employee of McDonalds I can without a doubt say this brought me to tears and happiness. When I was reading this story I was in my living room with my soon to be husband Devin Lee Clark. We both didn’t really understand why the 911 dispatcher didn’t hang up on the call before but, as we kept reading on we realized that the 911 operator is also a part time Domino’s employee. I wish to move to the United States soon as I am Canadian and it’s a disease more then anything.

  • adrian

    clever lady but seriously… multiple episodes of domestic abuse! just leave him you stupid woman. Have no sympathy for women who are to spineless to leave a coward who thinks hitting women is ok.

    • Arianna

      You really think it is that easy to just walk away from something like that? Many women try to get away from an abuser but they fear for their lives if they try to run. It’s not as simple as walking away from a bad argument, he may hit her in the face this time but imagine if she tried to leave him…she would probably end up in the hospital, she may have a serious attachment almost like Stockholm syndrome towards him, where would she go in the middle of the night. It’s not being spineless, it’s being so scared to the point that you would sit there and accept the beatings instead of risking running away because at least you would still be somewhat alive. Think before you speak.

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