A domestic violence victim called 911 with a fake pizza order in a desperate cry for help while her drunk, violent boyfriend was still in the room, according to reports.
The quick-thinking woman used code-like language to alert emergency services of her situation, while not revealing the true nature of the call to her boyfriend.
At first the operator thought the woman was mistaken, but after a while became privvy to the needs of the woman and sent police to her aid.
The exchange, which was shared by Reddit user Crux1836, reportedly said:
“911, where is your emergency?”
“123 Main St.”
“Ok, what’s going on there?”
“I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.” (oh great, another prank call).
“Ma’am, you’ve reached 911”
“Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?”
“Ummm…. I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911 right?”
“Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”
“Ok, Ma’am, is everything ok over there? do you have an emergency?”
“Yes, I do.”
“..And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?” (moment of realization)
“Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”
“I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”
“Can you stay on the phone with me?”
“Nope. See you soon, thanks”
The user went on to explain: “As we dispatch the call, I check the history at the address, and see there are multiple previous domestic violence calls. The officer arrives and finds a couple, female was kind of banged up, and boyfriend was drunk. Officer arrests him after she explains that the boyfriend had been beating her for a while.”
They add: “I thought she was pretty clever to use that trick. Definitely one of the most memorable calls.”
The story was shared earlier this year as part of a Reddit thread asking 911 operators to retell their most memorable emergency call.