This is why you don’t drink and dial.
There are many things that can constitute an emergency. For some, it could mean a trip to the hospital. For Allen Troy Brooks it meant running low on some brewskis. The Columbia, Tenn. man called the 911 emergency hotline several times last Saturday, asking for a ride so he could stock up.
An audio recording showed the exchange going something like this:
“Hey, you want to take me to the store?” [The] 67-year-old man from Columbia, Tenn., asked the 911 dispatcher. “I want to go to the store to get me a beer. I’ll pay you.”
“OK. Sir. I can’t take you to the store to get a beer,” the dispatcher said.
It’s probably hard not to surmise that Brooks didn't get his beer at the end of the day. Instead of a trip to the liquor store, Brooks was arrested for making a call to 911 without a valid emergency, though he was later released on a $1,500 bond.
(And just to clarify, no — running out of beer on a Saturday night is not an emergency.)
In response to his predicament, Brooks claims he had called the wrong number and was trying to reach a friend, though it had been noted Brooks had called 911 on 11 separate occasions in the past month. Each time, he just simply hung up on authorities.