RUSH: This is reminiscent of something that happened at Port St. Lucie, Florida, a few years ago, maybe two years now. “Georgia Woman Calls 911 to Report Delivery of a Wrong Order from Chinese Food Restaurant — The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police released an audio recording of the recent call to local media to highlight the type of calls people should not be making to 911. ‘I need the police. It’s this Hong Kong restaurant type restaurant to go,’ the woman said when asked what was the emergency. ‘I ordered food and they done bring the wrong food. I done brought it outside and they ain’t going to give me my money and I need my money. Uh-uh, I need to someone to handle this,’ she said. ‘They ain’t going to do me in any kind of way.'”
So they release that call showing how stupid citizens are wasting their time and resources. In Port St. Lucie, they call 911 when they’re out of Chicken McNuggets, is that what it was? In Savannah, they’re calling 911 when the Hong Kong Chinese restaurant delivers the incorrect stuff. They call 911! Where does this start? Seriously, now. Where does a citizen get the idea you call 911 for a wrong food order? (interruption) That’s exactly right: The government fixes everything. Exactly right, Mr. Snerdley: The government fixes everything. So if the Chinese restaurant screws you and doesn’t bring you the egg foo young that you want — they brought you the kung pao chicken — and they won’t change your order and give you what you want?
You call 911! If McDonald’s doesn’t have Chicken McNuggets? You call 911! Government fixes everything — from Obama’s stash. “Authorities say making this kind of call can result in help being delayed to those who really need it – and that can be the difference between life and death. While the woman could have been charged with abusing 911 — a misdemeanor — cops let her off with a warning.” Too dumb to charge, basically. I mean, why would you want this person in your jail? You know, you’re the cops. It’s bad enough the dregs of society and human debris you see every day, why would you want this kind of idiocy in your jail or even in your court system? I don’t know, folks. Some days you just have to wonder.
RUSH: I’m waiting on the audio of this. I don’t have the audio yet. I gotta send it up to Cookie. “Authorities have released a 911 recording of a 41-year-old man asking for a canine unit to help him after not getting the correct change in a drug deal. In the Friday morning audio recording, Dexter White tells the dispatcher that a drug dealer did not give him the correct amount of narcotics during a purchase Thursday night.” It’s from May 5th of last month. (laughing) The government fixes everything, drug deal, you didn’t get the right change.
RUSH: We go to Traverse City, Michigan. Hello, Pete. It’s great to have you with us, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush, and thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: Yes, sir.
CALLER: Hey, I appreciate the points you’re trying to make about people going to the government to try to solve all their problems, but I really don’t think this 911 call is a good example.
RUSH: Which one?
CALLER: The one where the lady called 911 ’cause she ordered and paid for one item and got another and then the retailer or the restaurant refused to make it right. In that instance I personally, if it happened to me, would want to take the person to court and I would call the police just to get a police report made out. Now, here’s the problem. In most places in the US there’s no outside numbers published for the police department for nonemergency numbers. The only choice is to call 911.
RUSH: Wait a minute, now, hold it just a second. We’re talking here about a mistake. You order egg foo young and they bring you kung pao chicken or whatever and the first thing you want to do is call the cops?
CALLER: No, the first thing I want is to make it right with the restaurant manager, but in this instance he refused to deal with her. He refused to give her money back. He refused to make the order correct and basically told her she was out of luck. That amounts to retail fraud, doesn’t it?
RUSH: In a manner of speaking.
CALLER: I understand it’s a low amount, and I understand it’s not a serious thing, but still it amounts to retail fraud. And to pursue that matter in a court, I would want a police report on record.
RUSH: I don’t think that this woman had one iota of that thought process firing with her neurons in her cranial — I just don’t think the woman was thinking a police report. I don’t think she’s thinking cops. She’s just thinking, “I got screwed here and who’s gonna make it right? I’m gonna call the number everybody knows.” It’s government. She doesn’t know what government it is, believe me, I do think it’s symptomatic of decades of promulgating this notion that the government makes everything right for you, if something’s not right, that you’re getting shafted, getting screwed, call the government, government will make it right. That’s what this woman obviously thought.
CALLER: Well, we don’t know that for sure. I mean I’ll grant you that that is definitely within the realm of possibility. I just know that if I applied it in my instance, that’s what I woulda done and the first thing I woulda done when I called 911 and they answered, I’d say, “This is not an emergency, but I do need an officer for a police report.”
RUSH: Are you a lawyer, by chance?
CALLER: No, I’m not. No, I’m not. Just your average —
RUSH: Then you gotta be putting me on.
CALLER: — Joe Citizen Rush Limbaugh listener.
RUSH: No, you gotta be putting me on.
CALLER: No, I’m not.
RUSH: You gotta be putting me on. The only way you’re not putting me on is if you’re a lawyer. You’re telling me that a woman who wanted egg foo young and got kung pao chicken feels so aggrieved that she wants a police report?
CALLER: You don’t know her economic condition, Rush. This might be the one time every two months that she gets to go out for a meal and reward herself where she’s pinching pennies. We don’t know ’cause neither one of us was there. I mean some of us go out to eat every night, yeah, we get something wrong, no big teal, nothing to it, but this might be her only time she goes out to eat once every two months. She orders a meal that she’s looking forward to, the restauranteur brings her something else —
RUSH: You are insistent here — (laughing) — I love this. You insist here on trying to make an intellectual case for this woman calling 911 over egg foo young.
CALLER: Well —
RUSH: I love it, I do.
CALLER: I’m just saying, Rush, that we don’t know the circumstances. What you’re saying could be absolutely correct.
RUSH: Don’t doubt me.
CALLER: But you don’t know that for sure.
RUSH: No, we don’t. But we use intelligence guided by experience. And we usually end up at the right place, but I appreciate it, Pete. Passionate guy there, Traverse City, Michigan. Pete, thanks very much.
RUSH: Brian in Iowa City, Iowa, hi, and welcome to the program, sir.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my phone call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I just wanted to get back to the idea that the government is gonna fix all the problems and take care of all of us. I’m 25 years old. I got married last August, and I quit my job in October. I was coordinator and was responsible for giving out entitlements. So I am just kind of concerned about my generation because —
RUSH: Why did you quit your job?
CALLER: I refused to put my name to things that my boss was doing.
RUSH: Oh, oh, oh. You didn’t want to have to… Oh, I got it. You didn’t want to have to be the one giving away these entitlements?
CALLER: That and also my boss, in my opinion, was committing Medicare fraud — you know, charges for services that weren’t being given. But, at any rate, my biggest problem is that my colleagues… You know, me being unemployed, my colleagues and people my age have this idea that the government can save us and take care of us, and I kid you not: I’ve been told more than once that right now, since I’m unemployed, it would be a great time for me to have children. Because, you know, you get food stamps and all kinds of government entitlements.
RUSH: Well, you know, it’s very seductive. There are people that push this, and I know that they’re out there. You’re describing it. I would urge you to resist it. Anybody who has just the slightest bit of ambition — and you sound like you’ve got a lot. Anybody who has any desire whatsoever to be productive, to accomplish things, to live a life of achievement, contentment, and happiness: Do not fall prey to the notion that you are entitled to anything because you’re an American citizen. It’s gonna lead to a life of utter misery, disappointment, and dissatisfaction. You’re never gonna reach your potential if your attitude is you’re owed something by some entity in government. So my hat’s off to you. I hope you’re able to maintain the integrity here that you’ve got, because you’ll be much better off for the rest of your life for having been that way.
RUSH: You know, folks, there are dead-end jobs and then there are dead-end lives — and depending on the government for your life will lead you to a dead-end life.
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