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911 is the Wrong Number For a Cab

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This morning at 3 a.m., 911 dispatchers in Union County started receiving calls from a man demanding they send him a taxi. They explained he was calling 911 emergency services and not a cab company. The calls continued. Patient dispatchers continued to explain to the man that 911 was not going to send him a taxi so he could get home from Linden to Edison.

As the calls continued, they eventually did send him a ride of sorts. Police found the man near the Benedict Motel in Linden and asked him to please stop making these calls. They say he declined, then cursed at the officers. At that point they moved to arrest him and detain him on a disorderly persons charge but he resisted. It ended with him being pepper sprayed and handcuffed. He’s also charged with making a false 911 call.

The irony to all of this is he already HAD a taxi before all this started. He was in a cab but got in a dispute with the driver over the payment of the far and exited the taxi at an East Edgar Road gas station shorty before he started making the calls to 911. At least tipping the police officers isn’t customary so he’s got that going for him.

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