Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s brother, Joe McCain, called 911 in Alexandria, Virginia last week to complain about traffic. And when he was told that 911 was only for emergencies, he swore at the operator and hung up.
Here's part of the transcript:
Operator: Alexandria 911, state your emergency
Caller: Well, it's not an emergency but do you know why on one side at the damn drawbridge of 95 traffic is stopped for 15 minutes and yet traffic's coming the other way across the drawbridge?
Operator: Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic? (pause)
Caller: "[Expletive]" (caller hangs up)
The operator called the caller back and received this message: "Hi this is Joe McCain I can't take this message now because I'm involved in a very (inaudible) important political project... I hope on Nov. 4th we have elected John."
The operator then called the number back and left a message for Joe about how it is illegal to use a 911 number for anything other than emergencies.
Here's the best part: An outraged Joe called the operator back to complain about being read the riot act about calling 911 and got read the riot act again.
McCain later apologized and announced he was dropping out of his brother's campaign. He also said he thought his phone was muted when he swore at the 911 operator. He previously said that that Democratic-leaning Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia are "Communist country."(info from The Los Angeles Times)