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10/27/2011 07:40 EDT | Updated 12/27/2011 05:12 EST

Rob Ford 911: Toronto Mayor's Outburst Sparks Twitter Reactions

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When Toronto Mayor Rob Ford rolled into city hall just over a year ago on his 'stop the gravy train' campaign pledge, who knew what a bumpy ride the trip would be. This morning, a quick Twitter search tells you he's about to have an interesting day.

From enraging members of the gay community by refusing to attend the annual Pride Parade, to holding marathon public sessions so he could decide on cuts, or even talking on his phone while driving (and called out on it), Ford definitely has a different style.

So different that when a well-known member of CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes ensemble, Mary Walsh, arrived dressed in her warrior princess attire, the mayor failed to do what most politicans do — put on the grip-and-grin smile.

Instead, Ford called 911 and, according to CBC's police sources, verbally attacked dispatchers, calling them "bitches" among other profanities.

In a statement published Thursday on his Facebook page, Ford conceded he had used profanity, but denied he used personal attacks.

"When I made the 9-1-1 call, I was concerned and upset. I was repeatedly told police were arriving soon. In another call, I expressed frustration with the delay and said that I had to leave to go to City Hall. I did use the "f-word" at some point as I expressed my frustration with the situation. After being attacked in my driveway, I hope I can be excused for saying the f-word. I never called anyone any names. I apologize for expressing my frustration inappropriately."

Needless to say, reports on the mayor's outburst sparked a flurry of reactions on Twitter Thursday, including one with the hashtag #fordrecall. Here is a sampling. What do you think?

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