LOL People Are Accidentally Calling 911 With Their Apple Watch…While They Sleep

Not so LOL for local police resources
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Of course it would be Kansas. Good ole’ Kansas. People in Kansas have apparently managed to call 911 wearing an Apple Watch… WHILE THEY SLEEP!

I don’t know about you, but I wear an Apple Watch every night to bed so my ears perked up when I heard this. How in the fuuu? Because I know as clumsy as I can be, I need all the help I can get.

A local Fox News report, first spotted by Apple Insider, states that local police resources have become strained from the number of people accidentally calling.

“A spokesperson for Overland Park police said the calls seem to be coming from Apple Watch users, who frequently graze against the watch’s touchscreen or large buttons on the side. Most of the time, those users are unaware they’ve called police until the call has been answered.”

-Fox4 Kansas City News
Screenshot of Fox4 News Kansas report by Sean McDowell

So no, it is not some sort of new feature that has gone awry. It is the same feature of the side button that’s been causing a ruckus. The side button long-press will initiate Apple’s Emergency SOS feature which is what users have been reportedly inadvertently triggering and then dialing local police. They don’t even realize it’s happened until the police answer the call lol.

Imagine waking up to the police yelling at you, asking if you need help or why the fu** you be calling. NOPE!

With a local 911 call center receiving 250 calls each hour, it’s no wonder the facility has been stretched thin.

What I wonder is why now? This isn’t a new feature. Not a new one or one that’s had this sort of problem at this scale before. That’s not to say it could never happen to me, however. It could, and it probably will at somepoint.

I guess one way to avoid this would be to put a rubber on it (case) or customize and disable this feature altogether. But who likes rubbers, anyway. I’ll take my chances, thanks.

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