A Connecticut man knows how he likes his sandwich, and so does the 911 dispatcher who took his call on Wednesday afternoon complaining about how it was made.
“I specifically asked for little turkey, and little ham, a lot of cheese and a lot of mayonnaise and they are giving me a hard time. I wonder if you can stop by and just …” he said when he called 911 from Greatful Deli in East Hartford on Wednesday afternoon.
You can listen to the full call here.
But, here are the highlights:
The dispatcher remains calm and manages to calm Rother McLennon down, all why trying to make him realize that a sandwich, no matter how much it differs from what he asked for, is no reason to call 911.
“You’re calling 911 because you don’t like way that they’re making your sandwich?” the dispatcher asks.
“Exactly,” he said.
With that settled, the dispatcher offers some advice:
“So, then, don’t buy it,” she said.
But McLennon, who seems to be a regular at the deli, tells her he’s not just calling about this sandwich. He also fears that they won’t make his sandwich to his specific request in the future.
“I mean, I just want to solve this the right way,” he said. “Her sister made it, but she left. They are playing games with me, so I was just wondering if you could come by,” he said. “I just want it resolved and I want to be able to come back here and get the regular sandwich that I ask for.”
The call ends with more advice to the caller
“In the future, just don‘t buy the sandwich,” 911 tells him.
“I’ll look at it before I buy it,” he said.
Tila Azinheira, who owns the deli, said the man placed a phone order for 14 sandwiches and they made them the way he asked. Then, he did not want to pay for them.
Azinheira said the deli told the man they could not take the sandwiches back because they were special orders, then he used the deli's phone to call 911.
McLennon called the deli on Thursday to apologize and tell them that he would be coming back in the future for more sandwiches, the deli owner said.
No information was immediately available on the man’s age or his hometown. Police have not filed charges.