Five 911 Calls About Broken iPhone Later, Man Arrested

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Who would expect to reach AppleCare by dialing 911? Apparently a man in Illinois, who dialed it five times to complain that his iPhone wasn’t working. In the end, he got the police to come out to his phone, but rather than somehow fixing his iPhone, they arrested him instead.

How Many Calls to 911 About Your iPhone Will Get You Arrested? Five

Michael Skopec’s Mug Shot
Source: Kendall County Sheriff’s Office

People call 911 for the strangest reasons: no lemonade at Burger King, no McNuggets at McDonalds, or your drug dealer didn’t give you change. But The Smoking Gun reported that on Wednesday, Michael Skopec of Bristol, Illinois decided that 911 was where he needed to lodge a complaint that his iPhone wasn’t working properly. Not just one call was made to the emergency dispatchers, Mr. Skopec placed  a total of five such calls. It is unknown if it was the problematic iPhone that was used to make these calls.

The local sheriff’s office finally traced the calls to Mr. Skopec’s home where he was intoxicated and uncooperative, and eventually arrested for obstructing or resisting a peace officer. He’s due to appear in court this week on misdemeanor charges.

Most modern police agencies and vehicles have a fair amount of technology at their disposal. However, most are not equipped with a roving Genius Bar.

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7 Comments Leave Your Own

ilikeimac

?he was intoxicated?

And in paragraph 3 the headline loses the last of its shock value.

Lee Dronick

Seeing as he was drunk he might have thought that he was dialing 611 for phone repair, the 6 being right above the 9 on a phone keypad. No matter, calling 911 when you don’t have an emergency is a crime as it can prevent someone with a real problem from getting through. Doing it once probably won’t get you in trouble, doing it multiple times is another story. Anyway according to the story he wan’t arrested for drunk dialing 911, but for obstructing or resisting a peace officer.

sflocal

This guy might be crazy or confused but that?s not a crime.? Those cops, though have no excuse.

Then lets just hope if some horrible event, stabbing, robbery, accident happens to you, you are unable to get through to 911 because some jerk has the line tied up complaining about his broken iPhone.

The guy had it coming.  Shame on you and your childish rants.

geoduck

sflocal

When I saw Dude’s post I clicked on the gear on the right end of the post and selected “Report as Inappropriate.” 20 seconds later the report was in and this morning the hate speech was gone. Much simpler than replying and starting a flame war. It also does not feed the troll.

Lee Dronick

It might take several reports to get a post removed, or edited, that violates the TOS. I won’t report the childish type of posts, airing that dirty laundry is fit punishment, but just the spam, hardcore flame bait, and the extreme use of foul language.

bombsquadrob

Your tax dollars at work!

mhikl

Seeing as he was drunk he might have thought that he was dialing 611 for phone repair, the 6 being right above the 9 on a phone keypad.

Astute, Lee.

When I saw Dude?s post I clicked on the gear on the right end of the post and selected ?Report as Inappropriate.?

Good idea, geoduck. Regular nut cases I ignore but if it touches on Hate, Language and personal attacks it is inappropriate and needs be flagged. I didn?t see it or I might have flagged it to. A nasty troll is best left ignored unless it crosses the line of propriety.

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