Can you hear me now?
April 9, 2008 4:22pm CST
After Welsh authorities prosecuted THelma Dennis 60 times in 24 years for making bogus emergency calls, she agreed to have electrodes taped to her fingers that left her screaming in pain every time she dialoged the third "9" of the 999 emergency number. Even this deterrent failed, Cardiff Crown Court heard, after she was charged with calling police claiming that a bomb had been planted in a local supermarket. In a similiar note authorities in Hayward, Calif. arrested John Triplette, 45, who they said made more than 27,000 emergency calls in nine months. The caller "completely overwhelmed our system" and responsed to emergency operators with bodily noises, muttering and pressing beep tones.