[TV] Breaking Bad Fan Calls 911 Over Cable Outage
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.20.2013
Not really an emergency, guys...
E! News reports that after Cablevision went out in southwestern Connecticut on Sunday, many subscribers were unable to watch that week's episode of Breaking Bad. Deciding that it was apparently an emergency, some fans called the police to report the cable outage.
Police were not happy that the emergency lines were held up by people complaining that they couldn't see a television show, instead of using the lines for an actual emergency or crime. The Fairfield Police Department posted on their Facebook, asking people to stop using the emergency line in that fashion, posting the following…
"We are receiving numerous 911 calls regarding the Cablevision outage. This is neither an emergency or a police related concern. Please direct your inquiries to Cablevision. 911 should only be called for Life Threatening Emergencies ONLY. Misuse of the 911 system may result in an arrest."
Fortunately, it wasn't the actual 911 line being used to complain. The Fairfield PD only received one 911 call, while the rest were through their usual phone lines.
They added: "The Fairfield ECC received calls relating to the utility outage, there was only one 911 call. The remainder of the calls were received on our routine phone lines and did not tie up any emergency line. The Facebook posting was an attempt to notify the public to use the 911 system for life threatening emergencies and to direct them to the local utility company for service interruption."
A lot of people are watching the series, as evidenced by the fact that last week's premiere brought in the most viewers in series history with 5.9 million. This was a 102% increase from last summer's season five premiere.