Man arrested after dialing 911 to report woman with lipstick

2012-03-20T13:00:00Z Man arrested after dialing 911 to report woman with lipstickBy Courier Staff Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
March 20, 2012 1:00 pm  • 

WATERLOO, Iowa --- A Waterloo man was arrested Saturday after allegedly calling 911 to report that a woman at his home was wearing lipstick.

Officers were sent to 1900 City View St. about 8:30 p.m. after emergency dispatchers received a 911 hangup call, according to the police report.

When they arrived, they found Harold Lee Patterson Jr., who appeared to have been drinking. He admitted to drinking beer and said he called 911 because a woman at his house was wearing lipstick.

Patterson, 52, was arrested for misdemeanor making a false report to law enforcement. He was later released from jail.

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  1. Burt
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    Burt - March 22, 2012 12:01 pm
    Thank goodness it was not mascara!
  2. Manning
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    Manning - March 22, 2012 12:45 am
    Unfortunately, people call 911 all the time for non-emergency situations. It's a big problem for dispatch. 911 has been drilled into people's heads for so many years that a lot of people think that is the number you dial for any public safety call for service. Most people don't know the non-emergency number, and a lot of people won't--or don't know how to--use a phone book anymore.
  3. azne69
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    azne69 - March 21, 2012 8:09 am
    Everything is normal, nothing to see, move along folks!
  4. Brian B
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    Brian B - March 21, 2012 2:42 am
    911 is an emergency system. Is a woman wearing lipstick a dire emergency?? Or is it a false report of an emergency???
  5. cynicalme
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    cynicalme - March 20, 2012 7:48 pm
    Stupid is as stupid does, acoording to Forest Gump's mother.
  6. I Scream In The Sun
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    I Scream In The Sun - March 20, 2012 5:02 pm
    If this was a country ruled by Shariah law, this would have resulted in her beheading rather than his arrest. Just an interesting contrast.
  7. reader54
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    reader54 - March 20, 2012 1:57 pm
    He was trying to have an alibi as to why he had the lipstick on his collar.......
  8. IowanAtheist
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    IowanAtheist - March 20, 2012 1:16 pm
    If he can prove that a woman was wearing lipstick, was it really a false report?
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