Woman calls 911 and orders a pizza as a cover to report domestic abuse


911 operators are used to intense calls from people in all kinds of emergency situations. In the case of former police dispatcher Keith Weisinger, he shared an incredible story of thinking on your feet when a woman called 911 to report her abusive boyfriend. However, rather than taking the risk of ratting him out to authorities, the woman pretended like she was ordering a pizza!

Weisinger was working as a dispatcher in Portland, Oregon in 2004-2006 when this memorable call took place. Keith, who now works as a lawyer for the Environmental Protection Agency in Portland, posted his account of events to Reddit five months ago though news outlets are just now picking up on the story.

Dispatcher: 911, where is your emergency?

Caller: 123 Main St.

Dispatcher: Ok, what’s going on there?

Caller: I’d like to order a pizza for delivery. (oh great, another prank call).

Dispatcher: Ma’am, you’ve reached 911

Caller: Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?

Dispatcher: Ummm…. I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911 right?

Caller: Yeah, do you know how long it will be?

Dispatcher: Ok, Ma’am, is everything ok over there? do you have an emergency?

Caller: Yes, I do.

Dispatcher: And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you? (moment of realization)

Caller: Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?

Dispatcher: I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?

Caller: Nope.

Dispatcher: Can you stay on the phone with me?

Caller: Nope. See you soon, thanks.

Keith went on to say:

As we dispatch the call, I check the history at the address, and see there are multiple previous domestic violence calls. The officer arrives and finds a couple, female was kind of banged up, and boyfriend was drunk. Officer arrests him after she explains that the boyfriend had been beating her for a while. I thought she was pretty clever to use that trick. Definitely one of the most memorable calls.

Since this story has gone viral, Keith Weisinger recently gave an interview to Buzzfeed in which they confirmed he was in fact a 911 dispatcher based on documents he provided.

After authorities arrived on the scene, Weisinger said he never heard what happened to the woman. “This is a part of the job most 911 dispatchers find frustrating. Beyond the immediate resolution – arrest, hospitalization, etc – we rarely hear what happens to the people who call.”