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Sorry to Bother You


From purposes of phone calls made by New York City residents to 3-1-1, a help line for information and non-emergency government services. 

To discuss a neighbor who hangs underwear out a window to dry
To obtain information about dry cleaning
To ask whether cat litter is recyclable
To ask about renting a wastebasket
To ask whether Medicaid can be used to pay for a cat’s surgery
To inquire on what to do with an unwanted pet
To ask whether a dog can be claimed on income taxes
To obtain information about tax fraud
To ask how to get a television screen to stop displaying “stand by”
To determine who won American Idol
To ask how to check text messages
To report an email scam
To make a noise complaint about a sound coming from a refrigerator
To ask how to dispose of a refrigerator
To inquire about X-ray machines
To report a naked neighbor
To obtain information about becoming a lifeguard
To ask whether knowing how to swim is a prerequisite for becoming a lifeguard