Butt dialing, or pocket dialing, is an accidental mobile phone call from a person’s pocket. The calls can result in embarrassment for the caller, or cost the person needed phone minutes if the call is not ended quickly.
Pocket dialing from a residence in Florham Park may cost a local man more than that.
NJ.com reported that Florham Park police received a call from the cell phone of 22-year old Andrew Mcfarlane, who had called 911 by accident. While the cell phone call was still active, the police heard talk of marijuana use at the residence.
Officers Brian Mensing and Kevin Langereis responded to Mcfarlane’s call. Florham Park Eagle News reported that Mcfarlane cleared marijuana-related items from a table in the center of the room before opening the door of his home to the policemen.
Mensing later learned that a small clear zip-lock bag suspected to contain marijuana had been taken from the table, along with a marijuana grinder, and a pipe used for smoking marijuana. The officers had also seen suspected marijuana residue there, according to police.
Police said Macfarlane was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, according to NJ.com.
New York Daily News reported that New York’s emergency communications system received close to 4 million calls in 2010 from people who accidentally dialed 911 on their cell phones.