Beaverton, Oregon (The Weekly Vice) - Mark Eskelsen, a 45-year-old homeless man, was arrested Sunday after he allegedly called 911 asking for a hug and hot chocolate.
According to Beaverton Police, Eskelsen allegedly snuck into a private property hot tub. After soaking in the tub for several hours, Eskelsen apparently thought he needed help.
Police say Eskelsen allegedly yelled for help until his voice was hoarse. When that didn't fetch a response, He reportedly used his cell phone to call 911.
According to the 911 call, Eskelson spoke with the operator just after 7am and stated that he had been in the tub for 10 hours. He went on to say he "just needed a hug and warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmellows in it."
Eskelson also explained that he was having trouble getting out of the tub due to a recent surgery he had for a double-hernia.
Eskelson was taken to jail and charged with misuse of 911 and criminal trespass. He plead guilty Monday and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Coincidentally, Eskelson's phone was later checked and it was confirmed that he never called 911 from his cell phone. Investigators say he actually dialed 411, which was then switched over to 911 when Eskelson explained that he needed help.
The Weekly Vice Opinion
In my opinion, how can he be found guilty of misuse of 911 when 1) he didn't even call 911 and 2) if he was in the tub for 10 hours, he really did need help and 3) he was obviously trying to get help or he wouldn't have been yelling loud enough for the residence to hear him. I'd need a hug too if I was afraid of drowning or dehydrating. I hope I never get hurt in Oregon and have to call 911.
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September 03, 2010
Posted by Danny Vice at 12:10:00 AM
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