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A bloke in the US has been arrested after repeatedly calling the emergency number 911 to complain that his iPhone wasn't working. The 48-year-old from Illinois called the emergency services no less than five times to moan about his Jesus mobe, according to a Kendall County Sheriff's Office report cited here. Eventually the …


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  1. The Fuzzy Wotnot


    The guy is just a dick and no matter what he had in his hand he most likely would have called the plod saying his XYZ was knackered. Perhaps 14 days in clinky would make sure he remembers next time he gets pissed, to not waste Police time!

    1. Naughtyhorse

      Your post suggests there is no link between this bloke being a dick and this bloke owning(all right being in temporary possession of) an iPhone.

      I disagree.

      He IS a dick and therefore has an iPhone.


  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Are you sure he wasn't just bragging that he actually succeeded in making a call on the thing?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not really a fanboi if he's complaining that much, is he? Not to mention he looks far too old to call him *boi.

    The title should be more like "Grumpy old drunk called 911 repeatedly because iPhone didn't work".

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    He should be horse whipped, as should all owners of these satanic devices.

  5. MJI Silver badge

    I always think of Porsches

    Would be a good number for the Porsche dealer!

  6. overloaded

    Jail Breaked

    Is that some new way of JailBreaking

  7. Wize

    Shame they don't arrest the timewasters in the UK...

    ...who phone 999 when they break a fingernail.

    1. cas 1

      they do

      i know a bloke who got arrested for phoning the fire brigade and telling them the pub he had been kicked out of was on fire... then waited to watch them turn up

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Yes, but only because he was connected to the fire brigade and submitted a false call to them.

        1000's of calls a day are received by 999 operators (which are not the same as the Police, Fire, Ambulance control centres), from total fuckwits.

        Usually daft kids, or drunken or immature adults who need to be punished for abusing the system designed to protect you.

  8. Anonymous John

    No Android user would do that.

    1. alwarming
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      Most likely people fail to note the sarcasm in your voice and upvoted you just for being pro-android and all that!!!!

      But seriously, I kinda agree that if 100 such calls are received by police (assuming an area with equal iphone/android users) 99 of them are likely to be from iphone users.

  9. B Parnell

    *rolls eyes*

    what an iTwat!

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Well, he would seem like a fairly typical Apple user. So what's the big deal?

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Surprised - thought he would have been drowing his spirits after buying an Android ;)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      yeah, thats why he was using an i('ve no idea)Phone!

  12. Captain Scarlet
    Paris Hilton

    Did he call 911 on his house phone?

    Or his iPhone?

  13. squilookle

    I wonder if he was he calling from the offending iPhone, or from another phone?

  14. Tchou

    As studies have stated

    Apple product owners are smarter!

    Would YOU have thought calling 911?

  15. Thomas 4
    IT Angle

    Could have been interesting

    Operator: "Emergency services, how can we assist?"

    Fanboi: "My phone isn't working!"

    Operator: "Excuse me sir, but do you require police, fire or ambulence service?"

    Fanboi: "This iPhone isn't making calls!"

    Operator: "Ah, you want our Paradox Resolution Service, sir. They'll be along shortly, just ignore the yellow sidearms they have with the pointy bits."

    Fanboi: "Thanks very much."


    1. Anonymous Coward
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      I was going to make some remark about a chicken-and-egg problem, but this is much better

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What I can't fathom ...

    Is how people like this can even just manage to feed themselves and get it in the right hole, never mind scrape together enough money to buy an iPhone.

    Talk about the lowest common denominator ... it always seems that droogs like this always tote an iPhone.

    1. Jedit Silver badge
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      Pedant point

      "Droog" is not a pejorative, it's just the Russian word for "friend". When Alex uses it in A Clockwork Orange, he's using it literally.

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    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      ".......never mind scrape together enough money to buy an iPhone"

      They are hardly expensive, and free for £25 quid a month!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Are they really?

        Good heavens -- neither wonder every one of the great unwashed has one!

        The things I discover every day.

      2. Anonymous Coward

        'Free for £25 a month'.

        So how much will it cost you?

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  18. Anonymous Coward

    Choice of tech...

    ...seems to be largely irrelevant given the amount of non emergency calls that are made everyday. However this fella seems to be a grade A1 prat.

    Shall I call the fire brigade in case there's a flame war?

  19. kain preacher

    Take the damn Iphone and shatter it in front of him of him.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Vaguely related...

    Our first ever button phone had 4 extra buttons you could use for quickdial. By default, they were all set to 999...

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Says it all.


  22. Matt Bradley

    I'm going to speculate here

    ... and guess that the user in question had accidentally locked his phone with a pin which he could not recall (or perhaps didn't properly understand), and therefore the only thing he could get it to do was to make an emergency call.

    This being the case, it may well be that the user didn't fully appreciate that his phone was calling the emergency services. He may in fact have thought that the "Emergency Call" button on his lock screen was making a support call, and was perhaps too drunk to realise his mistake after the first couple of attempts.

    This might not be as clear cut as it at first appears.

    1. Naughtyhorse


      thats all

    2. Bucky 2

      That could explain the FIRST call, but not the subsequent calls.

      I've been drunk before. In fact, I've been REALLY drunk before. I'm not buying the "too drunk to understand" he was calling 911.

  23. Steve Brooks

    surely he just said.....

    "Siri order me a Pizza," and when the plod answered he complained about his iPhone not working? Perfectly logical.

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  25. alwarming

    OT: "Obstructing/resisting a peace office" ?

    AKA "This guy had it coming".

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Two reasons

    Let's see he's drunk and he owns an iPhone. That's two good reasons to lock him up for a couple years.

  27. Spud2go

    Two words -

    Dumb Fuck

  28. Battle Stations

    worra twat

    They should throw the book at the selfish dimwit.

    1. DanceMan

      They should throw the ibook at the selfish dimwit.

      Fixed it for you.

  29. LarsG

    SIRI, SIRI....

    Apple idiot-: "siri just won't talk to me Officer?

    Why won't Siri talk to me, I said why won't Siri f*****g say something?"


    Officer: "Battery was flat, must have updated to OS 5, prat!"

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The caller was in fact acting perfectly reasonably to get tech support

    after all Apple employees apear to be part of the same operational units as the police....

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