Yes, I’m Calling to Cancel that 911 Call

I am living alone near one of the most dangerous cities in New Orleans.  For the past two weeks, I’ve been watching Law and Order Marathons while unpacking, organizing, and everything.  I think it’s starting to catch up with me.

At 10:00 tonight, my doorbell rang.  Since I don’t know anyone yet, I didn’t know who it could be.  I look through the peep hole to see a man, wearing a wife beater.  Not what I wanted to see.  I yelled “Hello” through the door to figure out if it was one of my neighbors who I have yet to meet.  No answer. I yelled “Hello” again.

So, I called 911.  The dispatcher was quite nice, and when a 504 number called me, mid-conversation, I couldn’t figure out how to answer it (she said she would hold).  So, I let it go to what I thought was voice-mail.  Then, Dave calls, so the dispatcher and I say our tearful good-byes, but I am unable to answer his call in time either.  Thinking it could be a neighbor, I called the 504 number back.  Yes, it was a neighbor calling to tell me that her boyfriend just dropped off my packages that were delivered to her door by mistake.  Whoops!

Anyway, I went out to our front doors and finally met my neighbor (but not her boyfriend).  Maybe I’ll meet him for real another day.  She was very nice, so I feel a bit bad for calling the cops on her boyfriend … although it had already been 15 minutes and no sign of the cops.  When I got back inside from our meet-and-greet, I dialed 911 one more time to cancel my call.  And, it worked.  I thought you aren’t allowed to cancel 911 calls, but I guess you are.


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9 Responses to “Yes, I’m Calling to Cancel that 911 Call”

  1. bfasy Says:

    This conversation sums up the event in a different way:

    me: i accidentally called the cops on my neighbor
    Amit: crazy lady, what for?
    me: knocking on my door

  2. Shady Says:

    How many cities are there in New Orleans, I wonder.

  3. Shady Says:

    Also, how did she get your number?

    • bfasy Says:

      I left her cookies and a note. She left me a note earlier that day to say thank you. She is my most normal neighbor, so I feel like this is off to a rocky start. Hopefully they didn’t take offense.

  4. Terese Fasy Says:

    That’s hilarious! But – please be careful – I worry! 🙂

  5. Natalie Says:

    Oh Brittany….

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