Warning bell


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Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

It’s a sign of how blase we are about alarms that when the fire alarm started to go off in the building where I work it took about twenty minutes for anyone to leave the building. By that point the fire alarm had changed pitch and frequency several times, and two fire trucks had arrived. Still like good employees we stayed in our glass bubble serving the customers while the people from the government offices and ESL schools in the tower above us peered in after having made their trek to the street so as not to burn to a crip.

Or recieve a scolding from the fire marshall.

We finally left the store about ten minutes after the rest of the building about half an hour into the alarm. We moved more out of annoyance at the ear shattering alarm than because we were respectful of humanity’s age old foe fire. The building did not burn down, and so we’re all just that much more blase for next time.

Want to hear how annoying the alarm got? Video after the jump.

1 Comment so far

  1. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    I was there. I went up to my classroom after the all clear to find my students already sitting there.

    Their first comment: “Another teacher told me he saw the person who pulled the alarm, so we didn’t go.”

    My response: “How do you know he didn’t set off a fire and leave you here?”



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