911 or 1-900?

911 or 1-900?

"It's 911 in the morning and 1-900 in the evening. The phone sex/E.M.S. dispatcher when Sick, Sad World returns."

This week in Sick, Sad, World- is it a 911 line or a 1-900 line? Joshua Basso of Tampa, Florida seems not to have known the difference. When he wanted to engage in the kind of phone call you usually pay by the minute for, he discovered he was broke. 911, on the other hand, is a free call, so he just went right ahead and called that instead, trying to get the operator to engage in some dirty conversation with him as he stood in the shower.

The operator was not impressed, but she was still a professional, and she turned all of her professional skills to keeping him on the phone until she could find out his address. Of course, 1-900 operators make most of their money by keeping you on the phone for as long as they can, so what's the difference?

 

The difference is this. Calling a 1-900 number won't ordinarily get you a misdemeanor charge, but calling 911 for salacious purposes certainly will. The operator eventually figured out where Mr. Basso was calling from, and he ended up in the Hillsborough County Jail as a result of his indiscretions. His mug-shot has the most priceless expression of complete and sincere surprise on it. It really looks like he had no idea he was doing anything wrong. Maybe he didn't realize that the 911 operator might have something better to do with her time than to help him with his little project. It's a sick, sad world!