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Philly 311 Call System Drastically Cut Back

By Wyatt Earp | August 30, 2009

nuttersquidward4Well, that didn’t last long. I guess Mayor Squidward was following the Obama administration’s Cash 4 Clunkers economic diagram. Spend the money really quickly, and stop the program before the first year is up.

This city is doomed.

Philadelphia’s 311 “hotline” system for nonemergency calls will scale back its hours beginning tonight at midnight due to the city’s ongoing budget crisis. The service, which debuted Dec. 31 to much fanfare, provided information for callers 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Operators will now take calls 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It will be closed Sundays.

311 remains the only number necessary to find city information or to access city services. (H/

That is not entirely correct. City residents will just call the previous “311″ system; namely, Philadelphia police districts and detective divisions. Because you know, we can spend our days answering calls for loud music and barking dogs instead of trying to work on shootings and robberies.

Topics: WTF? | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Philly 311 Call System Drastically Cut Back”

  1. Randal Graves Says:
    August 30th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I thought the previous 311 number was 911.

    I wonder how many calls they get each day?

  2. Code Monkey Says:
    August 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I love my local non-emergency number. I almost made the dispatcher crack up when I was calling about the charity bin dumpster diver when he fell in…

  3. Kitty Says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 4:46 am

    What number should I call if I can’ts gets my proper number of McNuggets?,2933,504125,00.html

  4. USAdmiral Says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Does the mayor think the shootings and robberies will take care of themselves after a while?

  5. MeToo Says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 9:51 am

    More fodder for your police stories, which are always amusing. Unfortunate for you and your fellow detectives; fortunate for those of us who enjoy your website.