Updated: Aug 13, 2019
Phone Conversation of 911 Operator (reference Reddit user Crux1836);
Officer : “911, where is your emergency?”
Caller : “123 Main St.”
Officer : “Ok, what’s going on there?”
Caller : “I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.”
Officer : “Ma’am, you’ve reached 911”
Caller : “Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?”
Officer : “Ummm… I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911 right?”
Caller : “Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”
Officer : “Ok, Ma’am, is everything ok over there? do you have an emergency?”
Caller : “Yes, I do.”
Officer : “… And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?”
Caller : “Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”
Officer : “I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”
Caller : “Nope.”
Officer : “Can you stay on the phone with me?”
Caller : “Nope. See you soon, thanks”
(Officer) 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. I thought she was pretty clever to use that trick. Definitely one of the most memorable calls.
Another case which happed in UK ;
The call went something like this:
Operator : Police Emergency Caller : Hello, I’d like to order a curry please. Operator : You’re through to the police Caller : Could you deliver it to ‘123 Street’ Operator : Madam, this is the police, not a delivery service Caller : Could you deliver it as soon as possible? Operator : (starting to realize something is fishy) “Madam, are you in a situation where you cannot talk freely? Caller : Yes. Operator : Are you in danger? Caller : Yes. Operator : Okay, I’m arranging help for you immediately. Caller : Could you make it two Naan Breads? My husband is really hungry. Operator : I’ll send two officers.
This transcript is purely based on memory from a police officer’s memoir. On the police response, a very angry man was arrested for domestic violence. There was obviously the risk that the operator could have hung up on a ‘time-wasting’ caller, but once they realized something was wrong, they changed scripts immediately.
Can you actually call Emergency Services and “order a pizza” as a tactic for help?
The answer is "No", there is no such 911 pizza call "code". Police and 911 operators say there’s no such secret code, and that your best option if you’re afraid of someone in the room overhearing your call is to text 911 with your location and the type of emergency.
However, a meme has been circulating on social media reads: “If you need to call 911 but are scared to because of someone in the room, dial and ask for a pepperoni pizza… Share this to save a life”
Here is what LAPD tweets,