Grandmother arrested for calling 911 to report 'beer emergency'
Anna Marie Hartman
Posted: 01/02/2014 7:10 PM

(WMC-TV) - Police say a Memphis woman did not consider she was abusing the 911 lines when she wanted a cold one.

On New Year's Day, Rosie Pate must have run out of beer.

According to a police affidavit, when the 68-year-old's granddaughter refused to go buy her a beer, Pate called 911 to report her beer emergency.

The police report says Pate told officers she slapped her granddaughter and called 911 for police assistance in getting a beer.

Calling 911 for anything other than a real emergency is against the law. Abusing the 911 system can tie up the lines and result in a shortage in ambulances and rob someone of life saving assistance when they need it.

The price of calling 911 for a non-emergency will cost Rosie Pate more than the cost of a beer. It's punishable by a $50 dollar fine.

Pate was also charged with domestic assault for slapping her granddaughter, which left a scratch under her eye.

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