A 5-year-old managed to get a deactivated phone to dial 911 so he could ask the dispatcher to pick him up some McDonald’s on Sunday morning.
Iziah Hall loves two things: Minecraft and McDonald’s. He already got his Minecraft fix from an old phone from his grandmother, and that just left McDonald’s to keep Hall happy.
The only problem was that Hall was just five years old. Too young to drive there himself, and with his grandmother still asleep in the early hours of Sunday morning, Hall did the only thing he could. He figured out how to connect his old phone to the house WiFi and dialed 911.
With thanks to WZZM13 local news of Wyoming, Michigan, we have access to the original conversation between dispatcher Sara Kuberski and Iziah Hall. We hope that it goes down as the stuff of legend.
Dispatcher: "Kent County 911 what's your emergency?"Iziah: "Can you bring me McDonald's?"Dispatcher: "I'm sorry what?"Iziah: "Can you bring me McDonald's?"Dispatcher: "No I can't bring you McDonald's."
"We get a lot of people who are letting their kids play on their cell phones and a lot of them are deactivated and parents don't realize they can still call 911," explained Kuberski.
Even though this was clearly an “accidental” call from a minor, police still need to check up on things to make sure “can you bring me McDonald’s” isn’t code for “there’s a crazy person holding is hostage, please come save us.” So they got officer Dan Patterson on the case.
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"I was laughing to myself... 5-year-old calls dispatch and orders McDonald's," Patterson told reporters. Going above and beyond the call of duty, Patterson actually went and got McDonald’s for Hall on his way over.
Before you think this is going to reinforce the incorrect notion that dialing 911 is a great way to get free McDonald’s delivery, we’re pretty sure Hall realized his mistake sometime after he hung up with the dispatcher and before Officer Patterson’s arrival. When Patterson knocked on the door, Hall didn’t answer. It took Patterson knocking on a nearby window and showing the McDonald’s to get Hall to open the door.
Also, according to Officer Patterson, Hall had this to say: "I think the first thing he said to me was, "My grandma's gonna be so mad, can you please go away?"