August 7, 2007

911 Is Not The Yarn Shop

I have been trying to get these robot buttons ordered from a yarn shop I visited while vacationing in Colorado. Every now & then I give them a call and leave a message and it's just been phone tag.

I decide to call again and the person answers "Blippitybloppity911?" (that's what it really sounded like to me) and I say "Is this the yarn shop?" and they say "This is Blippitybloppity911" really fast and again- I am confused.

"I'm looking for a knitting store. Are you in Colorado?" And she says "This is the police in (my town), Indiana." I say, "Oh weird! I'm from (my town), Indiana!" Then she says "Is everything ok there?" and now I realize that maybe this person thinks I am being held hostage and trying to disguise it by saying I am calling a yarn shop.

Sooo, I explain that I don't know that happened- I even looked at my phone where it shows the number I dialed and it was the full number for Woolen Treasures. No idea how 911 got called. But, she had to send an officer out anyway just in case.

There I am waiting by the front door, no shower yet that day, with three little spectators peering out, for an officer to come. I explain the situation again and all is well. Much to the boys' dismay, there were no flashing lights and his car was even un-marked. But still, they are now going to be police officers when they grow up and thought it was the coolest thing yet to happen all summer.

31 comments:

  1. Well first off - if you cant get ahold of them - to me that's REALLY bad customer service, I mean you want to ORDER - you should be able to!

    As for calling the police - well, LOL are you read for this? Zachary called 911 too, I had no idea, I was doing my daily chores, cleaning and doing laundry - along with the dreaded going to the bathroom.

    Next thing I know I hear sirens - I looked outside and they were in front of MY house!

    Zachary had called 911 and because they heard nothing but a giggling child, they came out.

    I have NEVER been so embarrassed in my whole life - and do you know it costs 3,000 dollars EVERY time they "roll out" - at least that's what they charge you for "prank" calls.

    This time thank God they told me that it was a mistake and I did not have to pay but if it happened again I would!

    They were not in the best of moods, you might think this HAPPENEDS occasionally but not from what the lead me to believe!

    I am glad yours turned out much nicer/easier than mine did! :) - It's weird having the police come to your house, isn't it - though it's nice to know they really DO come even when they are not sure what's going on - just to be sure!

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  2. hilarious! and yet you still have no buttons.

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  3. Well, in defense of Woolen Treasures- it was on both our ends that we were playing phone & email tag!

    And I finally did hear that they ordered my buttons!

    Steph

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  4. Weird. Oh well, always an adventure!! Maybe you should have just bought the buttons while you were in Colorado.

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  5. I called my Grandma on Friday and a little girl answered. "I think you have the wrong number" she told me. I just stared at area on the phone where I dialed the number. It was right. Area code? Check. Phone number? Check. It was all correct. I dialed my Grandma and got some little girl who called herself Susie. It was really weird.

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  6. That is too funny! Great now bippity boppity is gonna be in my head all day. Thanks Steph! :-D

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  7. Hooray for robot buttons! :) That's so weird! I'll bet the boys loved the police showing up... after my, ahem, run in at the park last week X has been talking constantly about the policeman.

    We'll miss you today! He's already going through the roll call -"Noah, Carter, Gray, "Sef-knee moosh", SWING!" :(

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  8. That's funny. You have some of the craziest experiences! I bet the boys just loved it though. I left you a comment about the chickpeas on my xanga- I didn't know if you would see it. She reacted to refried beans with minced garlic too. So I don't know. I guess we'll see. Have a great day!

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  9. Shannon dialed 911 on accident right after I graduated. It was night time and the police did put their lights on and walked up to the house with their mag lights glaring in our eyes. We still laugh about it to this day.

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  10. I was babysitting my brothers and the 2 yo at the time called 911 by accident. However, I didn't even know it. They called back and I told them it must have been the baby and everything was fine. Well they sent an officer out any way. I was only 20 watching 3 boys for a weekend and the officer was checking my ID and everything. It was kinda funny, but not really.

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  11. My favorite part of your whole experience is "Blippitybloppity911." That's too funny!

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  12. that's hysterical. i "pranked" 911 once when i was about 10 (when they answered i hung up-i was a great pranker :| ). cops came, and i blamed it on my swatch phone. i had no idea police would show up to your house!

    my parents still don't know that i did that on purpose, and hopefully they won't find your blog! lol.

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  13. I think that is so funny. Madison used to call 911 all the time....she thought it was so funny.. Scott and I thought if there ever was an emergency they probably wouldnt come....

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  14. that is too funny... and so cute!! your boys must have been in heaven!! were the officers sweet to the boys!?
    - audrey

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  15. wow, what an adventure huh. Weird how the phones got mixed up.

    I've never done a prank call to the 911, or the European equivalant 112 (important to know for all travellers to Europe: dial 112 for emergency!!).

    However 1,5 years ago I was implementing new software in a drinks depot in a deserted industrial area. We were doing loads of overtime and only leaving at night...so the manager had explained us how to set the alarm of the building. When we left (fortunately we were still 4 of us), we activated the alarm and quickly vacated the building. Nevertheless when we were at the parking lot the alarm started going off big time. Apparently they had forgotten to tell us we also had to lock the doors that have a sensor causing it to open again. When we had left the building, the sensor had picked up movement and was trying to open the door again, setting off the alarm even though we were outside.

    We tried to phone the manager but the line was occupied because the police was already on the phone with him warning that there would be a break and entry in the depot.

    Anyway, after a lot of phone calls with different managers and the police to explain it all, we managed to leave in a correct way without a screaming alarm anymore. The police never showed up at sight though.

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  16. Hah! Now that we're in Qatar, our emergency number is 999, which (to Lil' Bug's delight) is pretty easy for her to dial. Hasn't happened thus far, but I've got to keep my eye on her!

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  17. Funny! Crazy phone lines, one day when you really need 911 you will get the knitting store instead.

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  18. ROFL
    is that how they answer 911 these days? "blippity bloppity 911"
    i guess that makes it more appealing to call 911 if they have a fun greeting. ;) LOL

    that's too cute about the cop coming to your house being the highlight of the summer for your boys. :)

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  19. ROFL!!! My husband is a police officer and he says that this happens more than you think it would ever happen. He just takes it day by day I guess. He did say that one time he was called out to one house 3 times because the grandma was watching the kids and wasn't aware that they knew how to use the phone. I think he had to let her know that she had to put the phone in a place the kids would not get a hold of it.

    Now I'm just waiting to see if my daughter will ever do this but she only knows how to speed dial her daddy to tell him she loves him.

    Glad you got your buttons ordered though.

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  20. this just reminded me of a story, my sister called me and dialed wrong...a woman answered and all my sister could hear were multiple kids voices in the background. since i only have uno bambino, she immediately said, "who's there with you?" the woman said, "its the kids!" and back and forth they went until the woman said..."who IS this??" it was only then that my sister realized she had the wrong number. haha!

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  21. How odd! At least they were nice about it. :-)

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  22. Wow, that's weird! I wonder how you called them?? When SlowMo was about 2 years old she was sitting on the bathroom countertop while I was getting ready to go out. She kept flipping the lights on and off, on and off...well, I thought nothing of it. I left to go out and then the police showed up (we lived with my parents) and said that the neighbors were afraid that someone was injured in our house and flipping the lights to get help!! Isn't that crazy?

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  23. So bizarre. Glad they didn't slap you with a fine. We've got that here too. :)

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  26. How weird, Steph!!

    My now 19 yo dd called 911 one she was about 4. Police showed up the door and scared her Dad to death. lol

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  27. Sorry that posted three times. Not sure what my computer is doing.

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  28. Thats so weird. We've had that happen to us before when Caiden was playing with the phone, it was kinda embarrassing to have the police officer show up for no reason but Caiden loved it!

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  29. That is totally wierd! What an exciting day for the boys though. GIves you a good story, but makes you wonder.

    My good friend from where you live is here in NC visiting me right now!

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  30. That's a great story!

    The least they could've done was send out some flashing lights... you know, shake up the 'hood a little!

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  31. My husband is a cop, and gets these calls from time to time. He was frustrated, though, was when a local ISP used 911 as the first three digits of their phone number... people had cops showing up at their door because their modems were connecting to the internet, and the dispatchers couldn't get through to call them back and check. I think they finally got that straightened out.

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