June 24, 2014
Would You Rather...
Have a working cell phone with a direct line to 911 or have a functional handgun?
A woman called 911 in the middle of the night in Minneapolis and an operator picked up five states away. [...]
After a busy night at her bar job, Lewis made it back to her apartment in Minneapolis.
"A few minutes after I got in, there was pounding on my door and someone trying to jiggle my door handle," she said.
It was 4:30 a.m. and Lewis knew whatever was happening shouldn't have been.
She dialed 911 from her cell phone and an operator picked up. [...]
Instead of being connected to Minneapolis 911, which is located less than two miles from her apartment, her call traveled 1,200 miles away.
"I was like I live in Minneapolis," Lewis said, "and she's like 'Oh, you dialed 911 in New York.'"
Two minutes later, Lewis tried again and the same thing happened. [...]
A New York operator ended up contacting Minneapolis with Lewis' emergency. Police showed up 30 minutes later. (Source)