The American obsession with profanity reaches its apex in this story out of Michigan about a police officer who hangs up on a 911 caller because she says the word fuck.
It happened a while ago, but Boing-Boing just discovered it, so that makes it new to the nets. This transcript of the ABC news story begins after 17-year-old Adrainne Ledesma calls 911 to report that her father is having a severe seizure.
She says she got no quick answer, so she hung-up and called again. Now you know those emergency calls are recorded, but did you know the recording starts even before the call is answered?
So you can hear her near-panic when again she can�t get an immediate answer, blurting out the f-word just as the call is picked up.
Ledesma: What the fuck.
Officer Robert McFarland: 911.
Ledesma: I need an ambulance at (address).
Sgt. McFarland: Well, okay, first of all you don�t need to swear over 9-1-1 and slow down.
Ledesma: Send me a fucking ambulance!