Monday, May 26, 2008


Have you ever dialed 9-1-1 before? I have a few times in my life, never for help for myself, but others I'll see, usually as I'm driving by. One time we were driving over Hwy 17 and on the side of the road saw a lady wailing on a guy, with another lady getting ready to jump in, I think to help the other lady out. I think (my memory is getting foggy) we pulled over at the next turn out, but we couldn't really see anything. Anyway, I thought it was worthy enough to call and report the incident.

Today, I called to report (what looked like) a bum fight. We were driving on River St. (next to the river) and cars started slowing ahead of us. Finally we see 1 guy on one side of the street yelling at another guy on the other side of the street. We passed them and I turned around to see the 1 guy taking some swings at the other guy. The other guy got away and was yelling for help. We pulled into the parking lot and I called 9-1-1. One of the things I hate about calling 9-1-1 is that there is an echo, have you ever noticed that? Anyway, the lady asked me to describe the guys and it took me a while to say that the 1 attacking was African American male and the other one was a Caucasian male. It would have been a lot easier to say the black guy was chasing the white guy, but I didn't want to be accused of racially profiling or something like that. What is this PC world doing to me?? Anyway, as we were walking downtown, we could see through the parking structure and there were 2-3 police cars attending to the dispute. Crazy!

1 comment:

Stef said...

I've heard the echo! I've always thought it was the phones I was using.
I've only called 9-1-1 maybe 3 times in my life, but the echo was always there!

I thought the part about you wanting to say white and black was so funny. I've been there. Usually when I'm telling a story and don't want to offend. It takes careful thought. :)