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* As seen in the page quote, ''Film/DieHard'' has a police dispatcher give John [=McClane=] a hard time when he tries to radio in a terrorist attack. This is a slightly more justified example than usual, as he's well outside his own jurisdiction and breaking into the police frequency with a civilian radio set, and the dispatcher has no idea who the hell he is and [[MistakenForPrankCall no particular reason to believe this isn't some crackpot with a ham radio and an overactive imagination.]]

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* As seen in the page quote, ''Film/DieHard'' has a police dispatcher give John [=McClane=] a hard time when he tries to radio in a terrorist attack. This is a slightly more justified example than usual, as he's well outside his own jurisdiction and breaking into the police frequency with a civilian radio set, and the dispatcher has no idea who the hell he is and [[MistakenForPrankCall no particular reason to believe this isn't some crackpot with a ham radio and an overactive imagination.]] In addition, John's previous attempt to get emergency services to respond (pulling a fire alarm) was successfully called off by the terrorists as a false alarm, leading the dispatchers to believe the whole thing is a scam. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure They eventually decide to send a patrol officer to check it out anyway.]]


* ''Series/AbbottAndCostello'' has a skit about a particularly bizarre and abusive operator in the episode "Who Done It."

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* ''Series/AbbottAndCostello'' ''Creator/AbbottAndCostello'' has a skit about a particularly bizarre and abusive operator in the episode "Who Done It."


* The Jolly Roger Telephone Company is an online service that provides bots which are designed to waste the time of telemarketers by responding with various pre-written routines and otherwise saying stuff like "sure," "uh-huh" and "right" to make them think that there's someone responding to what they're saying. One of these is a "biz-bot" designed for cold-callers to businesses that is actually a pair of two bots. One of these is a male bot who after a few minutes will say that they're not the right person for the caller and transfers them to an incompetent female receptionist. This receptionist will admit that it's first day on the job and she's not really the real receptionist, insist that the caller go slow as she types what they're saying into a text, and then start talking to someone else, saying that all her lines are flashing and she doesn't know who she's talking to.

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* The Jolly Roger Telephone Company Website/JollyRogerTelephoneCompany is an online service that provides bots which are designed to waste the time of telemarketers by responding with various pre-written routines and otherwise saying stuff like "sure," "uh-huh" and "right" to make them think that there's someone responding to what they're saying. One of these is a "biz-bot" designed for cold-callers to businesses that is actually a pair of two bots. One of these is a male bot who after a few minutes will say that they're not the right person for the caller and transfers them to an incompetent female receptionist. This receptionist will admit that it's first day on the job and she's not really the real receptionist, insist that the caller go slow as she types what they're saying into a text, and then start talking to someone else, saying that all her lines are flashing and she doesn't know who she's talking to.

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* The Jolly Roger Telephone Company is an online service that provides bots which are designed to waste the time of telemarketers by responding with various pre-written routines and otherwise saying stuff like "sure," "uh-huh" and "right" to make them think that there's someone responding to what they're saying. One of these is a "biz-bot" designed for cold-callers to businesses that is actually a pair of two bots. One of these is a male bot who after a few minutes will say that they're not the right person for the caller and transfers them to an incompetent female receptionist. This receptionist will admit that it's first day on the job and she's not really the real receptionist, insist that the caller go slow as she types what they're saying into a text, and then start talking to someone else, saying that all her lines are flashing and she doesn't know who she's talking to.


* In the ChevyChase film ''Film/FunnyFarm,'' the protagonist is desperately trying to contact the sheriff's department on the phone (because there is a dead body in his back yard). He only has a normal phone, but apparently all phones in this region are pay-phones and the operator refuses to connect him unless he puts a couple of dimes into the nonexistant coin slot.

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* In the ChevyChase Creator/ChevyChase film ''Film/FunnyFarm,'' the protagonist is desperately trying to contact the sheriff's department on the phone (because there is a dead body in his back yard). He only has a normal phone, but apparently all phones in this region are pay-phones and the operator refuses to connect him unless he puts a couple of dimes into the nonexistant coin slot.


--> "We don't care. We don't have to. We're the telephone company."

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--> "We don't care. We don't have to. We're the telephone phone company."

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* In 2013, when Amanda Berry escaped from the Cleveland house of horrors where she'd been held prisoner since being kidnapped ten years ago and called 911, she got a very bored sounding operator who talked to her like he was reading from a script, dismissively told her to just "talk to the police when they get there," and ''hung up on her before police arrived'', in direct violation of one of the most basic rules for 911 dispatchers (he was disciplined but not fired). One of her rescuers, Charles Ramsey, also got frustrated with the operator who took his call at the same time, finally shouting at him, "She been kidnapped! Put yourself in her shoes!"


* Inverted in a case where an off-duty FBI agent was shot by two home invaders. Suffering from blood loss he tried to call the police, only for them to assume he was a drunk from his slurred speech. Fortunately the 911 operator who originally transferred the call broke in on the line and convinced the police the call was genuine.

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* Inverted in a case where an off-duty FBI agent was shot by two home invaders. Suffering from blood loss he tried to call the police, only for them to assume he was a drunk from his slurred speech. Fortunately The duty sergeant has just ordered the officer taking the call to hang up when the 911 operator who originally transferred the call broke in on the line and convinced the police them the call was genuine.

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* Inverted in a case where an off-duty FBI agent was shot by two home invaders. Suffering from blood loss he tried to call the police, only for them to assume he was a drunk from his slurred speech. Fortunately the 911 operator who originally transferred the call broke in on the line and convinced the police the call was genuine.


* ''Series/GetSmart''. Given the ShoePhone RunningGag, Maxwell Smart naturally runs into this trope from time to time. In one episode he's using an actual payphone that turns into a DrowningPit, but he doesn't have the coins to call for help.
-->'''Smart:''' Operator, this is a matter of life and death!

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* ''Series/GetSmart''. Given the ShoePhone RunningGag, Maxwell Smart naturally runs into this trope from time to time. time.
-->'''Operator:''' "What number are you calling?
-->'''Max:''' I'm calling Control, Operator.
-->'''Operator:''' You have dialed incorrectly. Give me your name and address and your dime will be refunded.
-->'''Max:''' Operator, I'm calling from my shoe!
-->'''Operator:''' What is the number of your shoe?
-->'''Max:''' It's an unlisted shoe, Operator!
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In one episode he's using an actual payphone that turns into out to be a DrowningPit, but he doesn't have the coins to call for help.
-->'''Smart:''' -->'''Max:''' Operator, this is a matter of life and death!


* ''Series/GetSmart''. Given the ShoePhone RunningGag, Maxwell Smart naturally runs into this trope from time to time. In one episode he's using an actual payphone that turns into a DrowingPit, but he doesn't have the coins to call for help.

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* ''Series/GetSmart''. Given the ShoePhone RunningGag, Maxwell Smart naturally runs into this trope from time to time. In one episode he's using an actual payphone that turns into a DrowingPit, DrowningPit, but he doesn't have the coins to call for help.

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* ''Series/GetSmart''. Given the ShoePhone RunningGag, Maxwell Smart naturally runs into this trope from time to time. In one episode he's using an actual payphone that turns into a DrowingPit, but he doesn't have the coins to call for help.
-->'''Smart:''' Operator, this is a matter of life and death!
-->'''Operator:''' [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore That's what they all say!]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The First Telesmurf", the overgrown smurfmelon vines that become part of the telesmurf invention also reach as far as Gargamel's hovel, and Brainy becomes the telesmurf's official operator. When Gargamel follows the vines straight to their source, and curses as he gets tangled up in the vines at one point, he gets sassed by Brainy for using bad language on the telesmurf. Gargamel complies and covers his mouth as he continues his struggling.


* ''FibberMcGeeAndMolly'''s Myrt, who was never heard, but always got sidetracked telling Fibber the latest gossip and never put the call through

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* ''FibberMcGeeAndMolly'''s ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly'''s Myrt, who was never heard, but always got sidetracked telling Fibber the latest gossip and never put the call through


* A RunningGag in ArsenicAndOldLace has Mortimer frantically trying to call the Happydale Sanitarium while an unhelpful operator fails again and again to connect him.

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* A RunningGag in ArsenicAndOldLace ''Film/ArsenicAndOldLace'' has Mortimer frantically trying to call the Happydale Sanitarium while an unhelpful operator fails again and again to connect him.

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