US domestic abuse victim pretends to order pizza to alert 911

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 09:45

A woman in a domestic violence situation managed to call 911 without the perpetrator realising, by pretending to order a pizza.

Officers in Oregon City, Ohio, praised the caller's quick thinking, which led to the alleged abuser being arrested.

The unnamed woman told local media her mother was being attacked at the time.

This tactic for subtly calling the emergency services has been internet lore for years, but this is a rare confirmed case of it being effective.

Officials have previously warned that the strategy is not guaranteed to work, as dispatchers are not trained to recognise a pizza order as a genuine call for help.

The dispatcher who answered the call initially thought the woman had dialled an incorrect number.

When she insisted she was through to the right person, he realised what was happening—partly because he had seen similar scenarios being shared on social media.

Later in the call, the woman found creative ways to answer the dispatcher's yes or no questions about how much danger she and her mother were in by saying yes, she was ordering a large pizza, and giving her address.

When he asked if medical attention was needed, she replied, no, with pepperoni.


Story content courtesy BBC NEWS