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Crazy requests

Posted August 4, 2010

What is the craziest thing you've ever been asked to do? How did you handle the request? Did you do it?

This morning on WRAL News we had two stories about 911 operators. One dispatcher got a call from a woman looking for a date. She got a date all right - one with a judge for misuse of the emergency system. The other caller was also intoxicated. He wanted a ride to the liquor store. Instead he got a ride to jail.

WRAL is a magnet for unusual requests. Some people think we have the answers to all of life's questions. We do try to be as helpful as possible. The most unusual request I received was a doll maker wanting the clippings from Charlie Gaddy's haircuts. Someone else asked for my ties so she could make a special vest.  Once a homeless man stopped by the station and asked to speak with me. I agreed to his request to drive him downtown to a soup kitchen. In the process he flicked an ash from his cigarette and burned a hole in the passenger seat of my new car.

People have asked me to write songs for their friends, and call their grandmothers and wish them happy birthday. One lady asked me to join her boxing class. Kelcey Carlson interviewed a school board member who asked if she would include a message of reconciliation to his wife as part of the story.

What about you? What's the wildest thing you've been asked to do and how did you respond?


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  • kvaughan4 Aug 5, 2010

    When I was in college I worked out at the mall at one of those jewelry kiosks that does ear piercings. I was young, very naive and gullible. A guy came in and told me he had permission from the manager for me to pierce his nose. I had done many ear piercings but never a nose. He was quite persuasive and I pierced his nose but I would NEVER do that again!

  • atsirk58 Aug 4, 2010

    Mine was.. I was in an office.. and a gentleman who apparently could not speak nor hear... asked for directions. He held up a placard... with a question. I found it difficult to help until I realized he could not speak or hear, but he sure could see!!!!

  • lynneslaughter Aug 4, 2010

    wierdest request I ever got was for a double anchovie pizza. wasn't wierd until I delivered it and the people were standing around bare-chested cleaning what looked like 40-50 fish. They tried to give me a beer as a tip.

  • Twittyfan Aug 4, 2010

    I was asked by a husband to sign the wife's name so he could get a loan. I told him that I would not do that for anyone period I happen to like my freedom and not a jail cell.

  • kellypratz Aug 4, 2010

    I work for a brokerage firm and oneday a scruffy guy walks into the office and asks me if I can help him locate an old friend of his that just got out of prison. I was like "REALLY"! When I told him he can go to the police station right across the street and ask them he said "no that's OK but can you give me a ride to the hospital". I kinda shook my head after I told him NO.

  • Killian Aug 4, 2010

    Weirdest request I ever had was a few years back. I had been working at my new job for maybe 2 weeks and a woman with whom I'd had a few light conversations came and asked me if I would help her with something. Assuming it was work related, I agreed. She wanted me to help put her nose ring back in her nose!!

    I was pretty skeeved out and politely refused.

  • mamananagramps Aug 4, 2010

    I cannot think of a unusual request. but the one you received for the clippings from Charlie Gaddy's haircuts is funny..She meant well dressing her doll...:)

  • stevenalowe Aug 4, 2010

    I worked in a record store many years ago, I'm sure most people remember those. One evening a customer whom I presumed was intoxicated stated that there was a new song out. "I don't know who does it, or how it goes. Do you have it?" Without missing a beat I replied "Sure, its back there in the I don't know who does it or how it goes section." The manager was not very happy with that, but sometimes you have to give in to the absurd.

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