Here's a fascinating observation. This morning a reader posted a comment on the blog post A Baby That Shouldn't Be Dead. I thought it was so fascinating that I wanted to bring it forward so it wouldn't get buried. Talk about a voice from the trenches! Here's what this reader says:
Nothing about this whole incident surprises me. My work phone number is 911. When I tell people about the calls that we take on a daily basis, most are absolutely stunned. They always ask at least once if I'm serious.
People call 911 for anything and everything. A large segment of the population is absolutely helpless. A generation of helpless, ignorant parents with absolutely nothing to pass on, creating generations of helpless, ignorant children.
In the past hour I've taken a call from a woman who had a 24-hour-old litter of puppies that wouldn't stop whining, and a woman who didn't know how to silence the timer on her stove.
There have been a number of stories in the news recently about abuse of the 911 system by people who didn't get the sauce they wanted with their chicken nuggets. Unfortunately these are NOT isolated events. This is my world every day. The volume of calls we take from people without the slightest clue about dealing with the most trivial everyday issues - issues that have NOTHING to do with emergencies or anything involving the police, fire or EMS departments - is staggering.
I'm not the least bit surprised when a UWA (un-weaned adult) city dweller can't cope with something that is actually a REAL problem. Scared maybe, but not surprised.
If people are really this helpless and ignorant about life in general, it bodes very, very ill for how we as a society would respond to a major national crisis - EMP attack, financial collapse, whatever.