Saturday, November 19, 2005

911: Cold Food Files

Here's the least likely reason to call 911: your onion rings are cold!

Thibodaux, Louisiana (AHN) - A Louisiana woman now faces charges after calling 911 to complain that her onion rings were cold. She summoned police to the Malt-N-Burger Wednesday night where officers arrested her. 30-year-old Sharita Williams was irate over the temperature of her food, the Thibodaux Daily Comet reported.

Williams told police the food was cold when she received it and the attendant refused to replace it with a new order, the report says. At that point, Williams dialed 911. She was arrested and issued a summons for misuse of the 911 system. She was released and given a December court date.

In many states, it’s a crime to call 911 for a non-emergency. Law enforcement officials say these types of calls not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. In many areas, a conviction for a first offense can result in fines of $50 to $300 and 90 days in jail.

Ms. Williams' extreme reaction underscores the welfare state mentality perfectly: an overweening sense of entitlement combined with an abdication of personal responsibility in favour of state intervention.

That same mentality produced the looting and mayhem in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. One wonders whether she was one of the evacuees who waited for "da gummint" to do something about her plight the way it always expected to for those people.

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