The world is a different place when you’re little.
It is packed with more surprises and horrors, and your sense of urgency and danger may be a little different from that of an adult.
Adults are worried about expenses, families, education and benefits. Children worry about seeing a friend or not, or when they can play the game they’ve been dying to play for the whole day.
All of this means that deciding when to teach your kids about dialing 911 requires some finesse.
You want them to be capable and prepared to call for help in case of an emergency, but the exact definition of “emergency” can vary quite a bit form from child to child.
For one young man from Mesa, Arizona, the emergency involved his McDonalds. He needed a Happy Meal, right away.
According to KPNX, Charlie, just 5, clearly decided that this issue justified calling the police. Fortunately for him, the cop who responded to the scene was kind-hearted and good-natured and, having made sure the situation was not a real, life-threatening emergency, he fulfilled the request of young Charlie.
“Charlie called 911 and requested a happy meal,” Charlie’s mother, Kim Skabelund, posted to Facebook on Sunday “How’s your Sunday going?”
The mom shared a series of touching photos as the cop was able to bring Charlie his order. Of course, the officer took some time to go over when to actually call 911 with Charlie.
“Please keep sharing the original post!” Skabelund wrote. “The world needs more simple acts of kindness.”
Skabelund also contacted the officer’s wife and told her how much the kind act meant to her and her family.
“This is why I married this man,” Charlotte Ann, the officer’s wife, shared on Facebook, according to the screenshot shared by Skabelund. “His selfless acts on the job!”
“He wants to teach kids that the police aren’t just there for T-R-O-U-B-L-E. They care about people and are there for help and support!”
“This five-year-old boy called 911 by accident requesting a happy meal … well that’s exactly what he got! Share this, let’s make it go viral!”
The Mesa Police Department noticed the story from there, and it has since been enjoyed and shared thousands of times on both Facebook and Twitter.