When a boy of five called 911 requesting a 'Happy Meal' from McDonald's, the MPD took the opportunity to teach the child the correct use of the emergency line.
A five-year-old kindergartener from Arizona recently learned that the best place to call for a McDonald's Happy Meal Delivery is not 911. A kindhearted officer used the opportunity to teach him right from wrong. The officer explained to the little boy the appropriate situations to call the emergency number. According to Fox News, the officer did use this "teaching moment" to also deliver to the kid's order. He arrived with the requested Happy Meal. The incident occurred last week when the boy, Charlie Skabelund, called the Mesa Police Department looking to order a burger and requested for a Happy Meal.
According to Today, the boy assumed 911 was the number to order in McDonald's. The Police Department released an audio, where the dispatcher Anthony Bonilla asks “Do you have an emergency?”, the little boy took a pause and responded saying he would like “One Mc-Happy Meal” and hung up the phone. The household soon received a follow-up call over which Randy Skabelund, the boy's father was notified that an officer would be arriving soon for a welfare check.
“He was asking me if I was McDonald’s and if he could get a Happy Meal,” the operator told the shocked parents, according to Inside Edition. “We'll probably still have an officer head out there for a welfare check.” Fifteen minutes later, Officer Randolph “Scott” Valedez arrived with a happy meal in his hand at the Skabelund residence and requested to speak with Charlie.
“He said, ‘I brought you a Happy Meal but before I give it to you we need to talk about the right time to call 911,’” Charlie’s mom, Kim Skabelund, said. “Officer Valdez was wonderful. He handled the situation with such love and kindness and really touched our hearts.” She added: “We were completely surprised and a little embarrassed,” about the call Charlie made. She also added that he now knows better not to call 911 for a burger. He knows he should probably tell his parents when he wants to eat McDonald's.
As cute and funny as it may seem, there is a bigger reason behind Charlie's call to 911 requesting a Happy Meal. Kim mentioned that Charlie doesn't eat burgers and only orders chicken nuggets from McDonald's. This lead Kim to believe that Charlie ordered the meal for his older sister, Jadyn, 6. “That’s what Jadyn gets. Charlie only eats the chicken nuggets,” Kim said. “He's always looking out for Jadyn.”
The City of Mesa Police Department took the opportunity to share the funny yet heartwarming story with everyone, by posting it on their Facebook Page. It soon went viral with 1.7K reactions, nearly 193 comments, and 421 shares. Everyone had a lot of nice things to say about the incident and Denise Martin wrote: Awesome to see a PD turn this "accident" into a learning moment with a treat, too! Thank you for caring. Michael Gaborick added: Yes, thank you MPD for not only bringing him his happy meal but then teaching him on use of 911.