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Woman jailed for 9-1-1 misuse over bad manicure

Date: 2010-12-29
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- via New York Daily News

A Florida woman was jailed after she called 9-1-1 in Volusia County, Florida, four times after a fight with a nail salon over a bad manicure.

Cynthia Colston told My Fox Orlando that she called after the nail technician became aggressive with her when she refused to pay as much as the store was charging for nails that she said were too short.

When a deputy came, she said he was entirely unhelpful and called the emergency line again because she found him unhelpful when he told her she could not file charges.

That time, she said, she told the dispatcher that it was a non-emergency call and she just wanted to see what else could be done for her situation. That, according to authorities, is not a good reason to tie up the emergency phone line. "She was trying to get a non-emergency number and yet there was a deputy standing right there with her," a Volusia County official told the television station.

Colston was arrested after she called the line two more times - which she said she accidentally dialed because she was dialing with her knuckles. But that was enough for authorities to arrest Colston on charges of misuse of the 9-1-1 system.

A Volusia County official told My Fox Orlando that their problem with Colston's use of the system was that there was a deputy standing right next to her who could help her with whatever she was calling the emergency line about.

- Nina Mandell/New York Daily News

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