One Arizona kindergartener recently learned the lesson that you cant call 911 to order McDonalds though one kindhearted officer embraced the teaching moment to clarify when its appropriate to use the emergency number, and surprised the boy with the requested Happy Meal, too.
Last week, a 5-year-old named Charlie called the Mesa Police Departmentin search of McDonalds,and asked for a Happy Meal, before hanging up.
Do you have an emergency? dispatcher Anthony Bonilla asked in audio footage released by the department, Today reports.
One Mc-Happy Meal, Charlie responded, before ending the call.
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In a follow-up call to the household, Bonilla told the boys father, Randy Skabelund, that an officer would soon arrive for a welfare check and that hed perhaps stop by Mickey Ds beforehand, according to The Arizona Republic and Inside Edition.
Fifteen minutes later, Officer Randolph Scott Valedez arrived to speak with Charlie with the requested McDonalds in hand.
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, Charlies mom, Kim Skabelund, said. Officer Valdez was wonderful. He handled the situation with such love and kindness and really touched our hearts.
We were completely surprised and a little embarrassed, she admitted, telling Inside Edition that her son now clearly understands that he should tell his parents not 911 if hes craving McDonalds.
Kim said she was also surprised to realize that her young son likely ordered the meal a cheeseburger with ketchup for his older sister, Jadyn, 6.
Thats what Jadyn gets. Charlie only eats the chicken nuggets, the mom told Today. Hes always looking out for Jadyn.
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The City of Mesa Police Department later shared the story onFacebook, where it has since gone viral with over 1,500 likes and 360 shares. In a sweet image captured by Charlies mom, the boy was all smiles as he posed with the Happy Meal and his new friend, Officer Valdez.
Awesome to see a PD turn this accidentinto a learning moment with a treat, too! Thank you for caring, one commenter wrote, while others thanked the department for so efficiently handling the emergency.
We are very proud of how Officer Valdez and Dispatcher Anthony Bonilla responded, ChiefRamon Batistatold the Republic of the now-viral tale.They showed compassion and concern for a young Mesa community member and turned this encounter into a teaching moment.
Officer Valdez took time with this young boy, to share the importance of 911 and its proper use for emergencies only, he elaborated. Its another example of the character and strength of our Mesa Police Department. Its our hope that this positive encounter with the Mesa Police Department will make a lasting impression with Charlie and the rest of our Mesa community.
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