Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Breaking Bad" Fans in Connecticut Fail To Give 911 Operators A Break

I can certainly understand the rage of somebody who is a HUGE fan of a television show, only to have the cable service fail just befor the program starts.
Yeah, it's a a great show, but calling 911 when the cable
fritzes out just before the show begins?  

Like many people, some residents of Connecticut were salivating over a new episode of "Breaking Bad" Sunday night when the cable went out.

Some did the only logical stupidest possible thing. They called 911 to help. As most of us know and Fairfield Police Department  had to remind people, 911 is for life threatening emergencies.

Like the kind of murder and mayhem and drugs you might find depicted on "Breaking Bad." Not the frustration of being able watch the (fictional!!) mayhem on your big screen TV because the cable is out.

Fairfield Police actually had to issue this Facebook post:

"NOTICE: We are receiving numerous 911 calls regarding the Cablevision outage. This is neither an emergency or a police related concern. Please direct your inquiries to Cablevision.
911 should only be called for Life Threatening Emergencies ONLY.
Incidents that are not of an emergency nature may be reported to the Fairfield Police Department at 203-254-4800.
Misuse of the 911 system may result in an arrest.

Besides, what were the 911 responders, police, and fire and rescue and whatnot supposed to do about the cable television problem?  I don't think they have a magic wand that switches the cable back on when it hiccups. 

And really, you might feel like you're having a heart attack for missing "Breaking Bad" but you're not. Trust me. Even though I'm not a doctor.

I supposed if you were that mad about the cable dying before the show started you could go hit somebody who works at the cable company. Then it would become a matter for 911 after all, wouldn't it?

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