Have you ever been so hungry that you determined it to be an emergency? Well, a five-year-old Michigan boy’s craving for fast food was so extreme that he called 911 and asked if they could bring him some. While police deemed the situation to not be an emergency, they still brought the little boy some McDonald’s.
WZZM reports that Iziah Hall had a hankering for the Golden Arches early one Sunday morning. His grandmother was still fast asleep, so he decided he would try and get his order delivered. That’s when he picked up the phone and dialed 911. Dispatcher Sara Kuberski was a little taken aback by the call.
Hello? This is a McDonald’s Emergency!
Here’s how Iziah and Kuberski’s call went:
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.”
Even though Kuberski decided that the call wasn’t an emergency, she still reached out to the local police department. She contacted Wyoming police officer Dan Patterson and asked him to conduct a welfare check on the child. Patterson obliged and decided to make a stop along the way. “We all thought it was really cool that Officer Patterson went over there with the McDonald’s so it kind of made our night,” Kuberski told WZZM.
Is Grandma Going To Be Mad?
Apparently, Patterson got a kick out of the call. He said he was laughing at the fact that a 5-year-old would call dispatch and order some McDonald’s. He figured he might as well stop and bring the little boy what he wanted since he was going to drive past McDonald’s on the way to Iziah’s house anyway. When he arrived it appeared that no one was home at first. So, he knocked on the boy’s window. Patterson wasn’t actually sure how grandma would react when he arrived to explain that her grandson called 911. But Iziah had a pretty good idea. “I think the first thing he said to me was, ‘My grandma’s gonna be so mad, can you please go away?'” Patterson said. “It was something funny,” Iziah said of the officer’s visit.
The Phone Had Been Disconnected
Patterson decided to turn his visit into a teachable moment. He told Iziah that 911 calls are only for real emergencies. He explained that an emergency was when someone was hurt or in trouble. The boy’s grandmother said the phone he called from had been deactivated years ago. Iziah somehow figured out how to connect the phone to WiFi in order to make his call. “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,” Kuberski said.
Teaching Kids About Calling 911
Verizon offers information about teaching children about 911 on their website. They explain that kids should be taught how to call 911 from both a landline and a cell phone. It’s also important to make sure children have access to phones that don’t have a lock or security code so they can make an emergency call. You can also teach your child how to unlock a phone in an emergency.
Children should know how to identify their location by buildings, signs, or other landmarks to help dispatchers send out emergency responders. It’s even more important that children are fully aware that 911 should only be used in the event of a real emergency such as a fire, medical emergency, car accident, and stranger danger. These steps should be taught to children over and over so they fully grasp the information.
You can find more resources on how to teach your children about calling 911 here. Iziah’s story ended up going viral and was shared on several national news outlets like FOX News, USA Today, and PEOPLE. Learn more about Iziah’s story in the video below.
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