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'World's Unluckiest Burglars' Called Cops on Themselves

UK police say it was an easy arrest

(Newser) - Police in Britain say they received a "suspicious call" related to a burglary on Wednesday, one that came from the unsuspecting burglars themselves. Police say one of two men later arrested had butt-dialed 999, the emergency number in the UK, allowing authorities to listen in as the crime was...

Giuliani Butt-Dials Journo: 'We Need a Few Hundred Thousand'

NBC News' Rich Schapiro got not one, but 2 accidental calls from Trump's personal attorney

(Newser) - The Washington Post calls it "the butt dial heard round the world," courtesy of Rudy Giuliani. NBC News reporter Rich Schapiro relays the president's personal attorney recently called him accidentally not once, but twice—the first time on Sept. 28 while Schapiro was at a relative's...

Crooks Ruin Their Robbery in Most Ridiculous Way

Seems one of three Houston robbers made an unexpected call

(Newser) - Note to burglars: Try to avoid butt-dialing 911 during your getaway. But that's apparently what three crooks did Sunday after hitting a Best Buy near Houston, ABC News reports. Officers were en route to the Sugar Land store when dispatch received a 911 call that transmitted only background noise....

Butt Dial Gets Adults Busted at Teen Party

Someone allegedly got angry about the butt dial, started brandishing a gun

(Newser) - "The butt dial was the reason for our involvement," says Sgt. Luke Ernenwein of Maine's York Police Department, which found itself in a standoff at an underage drinking party early Sunday. Dispatchers received a 911 call and could hear yelling and arguing, but no one spoke to...

NY Courts Rep Fired After Worst Possible Butt-Dial

'I barely show up to work,' David Bookstaver said on reporter's voicemail

(Newser) - The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job. David Bookstaver's firing came a day after the New York Post reported he "accidentally butt-dialed" a reporter's...

Burglary Suspect Butt-Dialed 911 to Tell Them His Plans

Scott Esser really took the magic out of policework

(Newser) - Dialing 911 ought to be a little more difficult: New Jersey authorities say a man planning a burglary inadvertently dialed 911—which prosecutors note, via NJ.com , is "commonly referred to as a 'butt dial'"—allowing dispatchers to listen in on his conversation. Somerset County prosecutors...

Court: Butt Dialers Forfeit Right to Privacy

If you place the call, even accidentally, people can listen in

(Newser) - Butt dialers, be warned: If you inadvertently place a call with your posterior, you have no legal right to privacy about anything you then say. So declares the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Kentucky, reports Courthouse News Service . The case involves an executive on a Kentucky...

Former Employee Overhears Boss Plotting to Murder Him

There's a lesson here about butt-dialing...

(Newser) - Planning to murder someone? You may want to make sure you don't butt-dial your intended victim while discussing the details of your nefarious plot. Police in Jonesboro, Arkansas, say Larry Barnett, 68, accidentally called one of his former employees last week ... and when the employee heard Barnett discussing the...

Man Butt-Dials 911 While Discussing Murder Plans
Man Butt-Dials 911 While Discussing Murder Plans

Man Butt-Dials 911 While Discussing Murder Plans

Scott Simon charged with first-degree murder after Waffle House dispute

(Newser) - You know that person at the top of your contact list, the one most likely to get an unintended call from your butt? Well, if you're the murderous type, make sure that number isn't 911. This lesson comes too late for Scott Simon, who unintentionally dialed 911 while...

40% of NYC's 911 Calls Are Butt Dials

Accidental calls numbered nearly 4M in 2010: report

(Newser) - Nearly 40% of the time a New York City dispatcher answers a 911 call, there’s no actual emergency. Yep, in 2010, two-fifths of all calls to New York’s 911 system were accidental “butt dials,” the New York Daily News reports. A total of 10.4 million...

Man Arrested After Pocket Dialing 911

Maine man with two active warrants arrested after many 'pocket dials'

(Newser) - Another day, another unfortunate pocket-dialing incident : A Maine man wanted for failing to pay fines accidentally helped officers find him when he repeatedly "pocket dialed" 911 while doing yard work, according to police. James Green, 29, was using a backpack leaf blower this weekend when he kept calling 911...

Man Pocket Dials 911—While Chatting About Drug Deal

Georgia man accidentally incriminates himself after an unfortunate call

(Newser) - It has happened to the best of us ... but probably not like this. A Georgia man is in hot water after he "pocket-dialed" 911 and was overheard talking about a drug deal. The 911 dispatcher said no one was actually on the call made around 1:30am, but a...

Butt Dialer Sends SWAT Team to Middle School

Garbled phone call leads wife to believe husband is in danger

(Newser) - Butt dialing: We all know it’s annoying, but apparently it can also be kinda dangerous. When a husband unknowingly called his wife as he was driving home from his job at a school Monday, “he was listening to music and he had, I don't know, hip-hop … or...

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