Crenshanda Williams is a 44-year-old woman living and working in the Houston area of Texas. Recently, she was sentenced for a crime many people think should have earned her a much harsher punishment.
Williams was found guilty of hanging up on people who called her at work. Let's admit we've almost all done it, okay? Working in a job that requires answering phones all day can be exhausting. Call centers, tech support, billing... there are tons of jobs where hanging up on a customer is rude, and will probably get you fired, but nobody dies.
Unfortunately for the thousands — yes thousands — of people Williams hung up on, she was a 911 operator. They called when they needed help, and Williams decided to just hang up on them because, according to her, sometimes she just didn't feel like talking to people.
The investigation uncovered several noteworthy incidents, like a robbery in progress that resulted in a fatality and vehicles racing down a highway that had recently been the site of a deadly crash.
Crenshanda responded to the call about the speeding vehicles by sighing, disconnecting the call, and saying:
Ain't nobody got time for this, for real.
After deliberation, jurors found her guilty of "interference with emergency telephone calls." The charge, a misdemeanor, will see Williams jailed for a mere ten days and given a year and a half of probation.
We can't ever really know if things would have been different for people had she not hung up; they may have turned out exactly the same. Still, many don't feel the punishment is harsh enough considering she was a 911 operator and she hung up on people in need so many times.
To say people are angry is putting it delicately.
She should go to jail for that. Sorry not sorry. She deserves whatever she gets— Jenni Anthony (@BKIILA) April 20, 2018
Wow. They consider 10 days is sufficient for this crime? Giver her at least a month! (And ban her from working in any kind of emergency/medical setting for life!)— KCnoBand (@bizzykimmi) April 19, 2018
Sad. One of the most important jobs in the world.— Hawaiian By Birth... (@mericanbyforce) April 19, 2018
She should hang her head in shame forever.
1. Seems to me she needs another job. 2. NOT ENOUGH JAIL TIME: sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation.— MackWJackson (@MackWJackson) April 20, 2018
Hello Terri, Yes I hope you are right, I’m sure the C.O.’s will look the other way and ignore her and her pleas for assistance. I’m sure they will say to her: How does it feel when you call for Help and No one listens or comes?.— 💥🇺🇸Dale☘️Robin🇺🇸💥 USA🗽🦅 EIRE🍀🇮🇪 (@DaleRobin_) April 19, 2018
Attention Satan: please come get ya girl Crenshanda Williams, a 911 dispatcher who repeatedly hangs up on callers saying “ain’t nobody got time for this for real”— B (@Brittalksshit) April 20, 2018
- GOD I HOPE THIS IS NOT TRUE, BECAUSE IF IT IS, YOU ARE A REALLY BAD PERSON... :(— Monica Rubio (@mrubio322) October 15, 2016
Crenshanda Williams, u know whats ur job was right?!?! A damn phone operator. U have all the time in the world 4 that!! It's (was) ur job!!!— NerDoc San (@eyeheartmusic) October 13, 2016
People have questions about her supervisors as well.
I am just speechless, all those people in dire need being hung up on by a self centered narcissist. How she got the job, much less kept it for as long as she did is beyond me.— Lori (@loribrannon) April 20, 2018
Yup...I agree with you. I’d like to know who supervised her? That persons not without fault here either.— OnlyFreedomMatters (@OnlyFreedomMatt) April 19, 2018