Okay, so I'm sure it is common that you dial 911 for emergencies only.. Apparently that instruction must have started after this gentleman was out of school.
July 3rd a gentleman in my hotel dialed 911.. I know this because whenever the three digits of doom are dialed- the desk knows about it- by means of every piece of equipment screaming shrilly. We got a hold of the room via telephone only to find everything was perfectly fine. His wife answered the phone and said her husband was being stupid and dialed 911 to inquire if the fireworks display for the 4th were going to be canceled due to rain.