Police officer delivers fast food after 5-year-old calls 911 for Happy Meal

/ 08:41 PM November 07, 2019
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A police officer visited the home to make sure there was an emergency—and that Charlie got his treat. Image: Facebook/@MesaAzPD

When a dispatcher received a call from a child in Arizona, United States last Oct. 27, his concern turned into amusement — the caller was looking for a fast-food restaurant and was placing an order.

Dispatcher Anthony Bonilla asked the child, identified only as 5-year-old Charlie, if there was an emergency. Charlie said he wanted a Happy Meal and hung up the phone, as per records sent to the Arizona Republic on Oct. 30.


Bonilla called the line again and this time got Charlie to get him in touch with his dad. The dispatcher asked the father if there was an emergency. Charlie’s dad apologized and said the kids must have had the phone.

“It kinda made my day,” Bonilla said. “He was asking me if I was McDonald’s and if he could get a Happy Meal.”


Charlie’s father responded with a hearty laugh. “Oh my gosh. I’m so sorry. That’s awesome.” Bonilla informed him that a police officer would still drop by for a welfare check, and said the officer might get some fast food.

“No, that’s fine,” the dad assured him.

True enough, officer Randolph “Scott” Valdez showed up at their home with a treat for Charlie, as shown in a Facebook post of the Mesa Police Department.

Valdez also explained to the young boy the proper use of the 911 hotline. Niña V. Guno/JB


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