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911 for a Cheeseburger: Man Jailed for Calling Dispatcher Nine Times

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 27, 2013 Last Updated: February 28, 2013
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911 for a cheeseburger? An Indiana man was arrested for calling 911 nine times, asking for the same thing: a cheeseburger.

Bacon cheeseburgers are assembled at a Virginia restaurant June 2007. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Bacon cheeseburgers are assembled at a Virginia restaurant June 2007. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

A man was arrested this week for repeatedly dialing 911, asking emergency dispatchers for a cheeseburger.

Police in New Castle, Ind., told the Indianapolis Star they arrested 52-year-old Gregory Jackson on Friday evening after he called the 911 dispatch center in Henry County “multiple times requesting a cheeseburger.”

Jackson had a warrant out for his arrest, which was issued two days after he failed to show up for a court hearing. He was later apprehended at his apartment, the newspaper said.

Local station WISH-TV said Jackson called the dispatcher nine different times, asking for the same thing: a cheeseburger.

During the exchange, the dispatcher told Jackson that “we don’t take cheeseburger orders,” before sending police officers to his home, WISH reported. “Well I asked if you had an emergency. You said no, you needed a cheeseburger. So we don’t take cheeseburger orders,” the dispatcher also said.

Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker told the Star that Jackson wasn’t served cheeseburger while he was detained. If he happened to have received a meal on Friday night, it was likely a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich, he said.

Jackson has a long police record. He was arrested more than a dozen times since the early 1990s for public intoxication, according to the Star. He also served jail time for dealing a controlled substance, theft, and criminal recklessness, WISH-TV reported.

In the final exchange between the dispatcher and Jackson, the dispatcher asked him: “You hear them knocking?” in reference to an officer sent to his apartment. He replied, “Yes.”

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