Apparently so, as police in Connecticut found out.
A power outage in parts of Connecticut on Sunday night caused many viewers to lose cable service. Not pleased with the situation, people started calling 911 — probably because everyone knows you have no shot of getting through to your cable provider during an outage.
Though nowadays viewers have plenty of programing options, one show in particular seemed to be the culprit: Breaking Bad. It’s almost as if fans are addicted, similar to some sort of highly addictive drug, an example of which I can’t think of off the top of my head right now!
CNN reports that things got so bad that the Fairfield Police Department “took to its Facebook page to post a refresher course on using its emergency system.”
Their message read in part, “We are receiving numerous 911 calls regarding the Cablevison outage. This is neither an emergency or a police related concern.”
Not a police-related concern? Apparently, the Fairfield Police Department has DirecTV and was able to watch Breaking Bad just fine.
Though abusing an emergency hotline can lead to dire consequences, some seemed to find the whole thing amusing. CNN quotes one Facebook poster as stating, “Yes, this was a huge misuse of 911…but privately, I think it was kind. Of. Awesome.”
It’s amazing how sometimes good people can learn to take pleasure in something evil. That would probably make a good plot device for a TV show…