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John Oliver sounds the alarm on America’s broken 911 system


Last Week Tonight pointed out a very serious, surprising hole in American infrastructure: our 911 system.

Jumping off a year-old USA Today story on 911, show host John Oliver broadcasted the significant gaps in their ability to quickly and accurately respond to emergency calls. He stressed the importance of accuracy for the system — contrasted with the United States’ current deficiency — with his trademark acerbic tone.

“People making emergency calls are on the very short list of things we expect to be found 100% of the time. It’s that, the clitoris, and Nemo [from Finding Nemo]. He’s not a bad fish! He’s not a bad fish — he’s just curious and capable of more than you think.”

As Oliver points out, the Domino’s app can find your location quicker than 911, and “they’ve barely mastered the technology to make a palatable pizza.”  Not only that, Oliver claims that 911 is under tremendous strain due to the rise of cell phones, including butt dials. (For example, a Google study found 30% of 911 calls in San Francisco were butt dials. Butts!) Worst of all, Oliver reported at least 20 states divert 911 service fees elsewhere. New York state received over $185 million in 911 service fee revenue, yet diverted over $77 million to the state’s General Fund. Oliver likened diverting money from 911 to “siphoning gas out of your firetruck to put in your dirt bike.”

Watch the whole thing below. And stay out of trouble! It may take some time before help arrives.

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