10 Worst Reasons People Have Called 911

At Least He Has a Good Excuse -- He's 4
It helps to be a cute 4-year-old when you dial 911 frivolously; you're less likely to get into real trouble. Daniela Solomon/Flckr Open/Getty Images

Kids say the darnedest things ... even to 911 operators. A 4-year-old boy was caught on tape asking an unusually patient emergency dispatcher for help with some math problems [sources: MSN, YouTube]. The operator walked him through some "takeaways" before his mom discovered the plot.

"What did I tell you about playing on the phone?" mom screams in the background.

"If I need help, call somebody," replies the child (mock) innocently.

"I didn't mean the police!"

You can't effectively ground a 4-year-old, but the next kid didn't get off so easy. When a Massachusetts mother told her 10-year-old son to go to bed at 8 p.m., the boy threatened to call the cops on her. When she called his bluff, the kid dialed 911, then hung up. Following protocol, the 911 operator called back and informed the increasingly incensed mom that they would have to send over a police car anyway. The boy was grounded for two weeks, which we assume included a bedtime of 5:30 p.m. [source: Graber and Bloom].