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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Crazy requests

Posted August 4, 2010 9:14 a.m. EDT

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?