The police didn't agree.
Osman told police at 11:41 PM that evening, calling 911 from his cell phone at the McDonald's at 19525 SW Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha, OR:
"We went home, and our order wasn't in there. My little brother is crying for his orange juice and stuff. We came back with the receipt and everything."That was one side of the story, of course. A restaurant employee called 911 to report that Osman and others accompanying him were blocking the drive-through lane, knocking on restaurant windows and intimidating employees.
Sgt. David Thompson, spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office, stated:
"The deputy basically said, 'You can't use 9-1-1 for that reason' " It's not an emergency. (Osman) said he didn't know how to get the non-emergency number. The guy had a BlackBerry. He could have dialed 4-1-1 or got it off the Internet. There are pay phones all over the parking lot, with phonebooks hanging from them.Osman was booked Monday night on accusations of improper use of 911, a Class B misdemeanor punishable in Oregon by up to six months in jail and a fine of $2,500. He was released on bail Tuesday.
"He could have come up with the non-emergency number just like everyone else does."