Man Calls 911 After Being Served Small Clams At Florida Seafood Restaurant

Nelson Agosto, a 51-year-old man from Stuart, Florida, stopped into Crabby’s Seafood Shack for a bite to eat. Things weren’t to his liking, and he was unable to get what he wanted from the restaurant staff. That would prompt Agosto to make a completely unfathomable decision, and he’s now going to have to appear in court.

As the Huffington Post shares, Agosto decided that the appropriate course of action was for him to call 911 so that they could help him sort things out. He was really upset about the fact that the restaurant had served him what he described as tiny clams. Agosto demanded the dish be taken off of his bill when he was presented with the check, but he claims that the staff refused to refund him.

From that point, he decided to call 911 not once - but twice - about the same incident. During the first call, the dispatcher calmly explained to him that the line he had called was for emergency incidents and that he should call the non-emergency line to see if they could help him with his conundrum.

“You need to call that number. This is 911, for emergencies,” the dispatcher explained. “Hang up and call that number and they will help you.”

He called the other line, but he became even more frustrated when his call was unanswered. That led him to call 911 again, this time to complain that his calls weren't being answered.

Most departments will forgive an honest mistake once and let it slide, but belligerent calls to the emergency line will almost certainly lead to officers paying you a visit. Sgt. Brian Bossio of the Stuart Police Department took the time to confirm what the man’s problem was.

“He was complaining that the clams he was eating were so small. He didn’t want to pay for them,” he said.

Agosto would get the attention that he wanted from the police, but not in the way that he had envisioned. Police would arrive at the restaurant to serve him a notice to appear in court for a misdemeanor offense of misusing 911.

“It was an arrest, but the officer did not take the guy to jail,” Bossio added.

Agosto sounds pretty surprised about how things turned out, and he’s pleading ignorance.

“I didn’t know the rules for 911,” he claims.

While we have no choice but to take Agosto at his word here, it seems awfully fishy that a 51-year-old man would not be aware of the fact that 911 is reserved for matters of extreme importance. If that wasn’t the case, can you imagine the nonsense that dispatchers would have to deal with on a daily basis? They have their hands full as it is - both with real emergencies and trivial matters that have escalated way too far - and those that abuse the system need to learn a painful lesson from time to time.

To recap, if you have a problem with a dish at a restaurant, nicely explain the situation to your server. If he or she can’t rectify the issue, then ask to speak to a manager. If your problem is still unresolved at that point, then you’ve found a restaurant to cross off the list of potential spots for future dining experiences.

Absent an actual assault or a physical threat from a member of the restaurant staff, there shouldn’t be any reason to call 911.

Source: HuffPost
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