FLORIDA — A little boy who called 911 because he was hungry ended up with a little more than he expected recently, when police showed up at his doorstep with not just pizza, but a little lesson on how to properly use 911. News reports said police- who were dispatched to complete a wellness check- found the boy hungry, but safe.
“A little boy in Florida was hungry, really really hungry, so he made an emergency call and got more than he bargained for.
Five-year-old Manuel Beshara called 911 on Friday and told the dispatcher that he was hungry and wanted to order a pizza, the Sanford Police Department said on Facebook.
Officers were dispatched to the home, thinking that a well-being check was needed. They found Manuel and his 15-year-old sister, who explained that they were fine and that Manuel had grabbed the phone without her knowledge.
The officers decided to use this moment to explain to the boy about the proper use of 911 — before ordering a large pizza and personally delivering it to him.
The police department put a disclaimer on the post: #dontcall911fordelivery.”
Reminder: Calling 911 for any purpose other than to report a true emergency could result in criminal penalties. Each state has different punishments for 911 misuse, but in the worst cases, abuse can lead to jail time and stiff fines. It is important to everyone’s safety that emergency services’ time and energy are spent where they are needed. Calling 911 for anything other than its intended purposes can threaten that work.