Working in a 911 emergency call center can't be a lot of fun, but it's got to be even worse when close to half of the calls you pick up turn out to be butt dialled with nobody on the other end of the line.
Just in case you've been hiding under a rock for the last few years, butt dialed calls are when your tight clothes or stuff in your pockets manage to push the buttons necessary to send out a call accidentally. We didn't have this problem when most people used flip phones, but today's smartphones leave their virtual buttons vulnerable to inadvertent buttockal activation. The problem is especially bad with 911, because all you need is three numbers and the send button to get connected.
According to a recently released report on the city's emergency communications system, approximately 38 percent of the 10.4 million calls made to 911 in 2010 were butt dials, which works out to an astonishing 10,700 butt calls per day.
While this all might sound like a bit of a joke, it's actually a big problem for the dispatchers who have to determine whether the caller is having a heart attack and can't speak, or if it's just some person's fat derriere.
So far the city has done nothing to fix the problem, and this has led to claims that the mayor's likes the way the extra calls lower the average response time numbers for the city's emergency services.
Maybe we all just need to go on a diet.