I was outside a local store today, didn't have my cell with me. The sign on the door of the store said Saturday 9:00 - 5:00 so I pushed the door open and walked inside. It was immediately apparent that no one was in the store, no staff, no customers. It also became apparent that the door had shut behind me and an electronic locking system had kicked in. I walked to the back thinking there might be a door and instead set off the burglar alarm. No way out in the back. I stand there waiting for the police to come, thinking I am going to get arrested for breaking and entering, No one comes. After fifteen or so minutes the alarm stops. I step off the rug I am standing on. The alarm goes off again, still no one comes. Why pay for a security system if all it does is make noise? Find the store phone, call 911. They send a ladder truck to come let me out, five cute firefeighters - is that a requirement for the job? Eventually they get the door open. let me out. And that is why there was a ladder truck on Stone Way this afternoon. I have to go back to the store on Monday, still need what they sell. Just not sure if I should fess up.
(Not)Breaking and Entering(5 posts)
Cat (Cate?) burglar!
Perhaps the universe decided you needed 5 cute firefighters...!
Dang, Cate, were you this wild before your new knee?
I'm thinking we know now what happened to that "lost" recycling container.
Let's hear it for the wonders of Vicodin Cate!!! <grin>
Back in HI I was working for the week at one of the small parks on the Kona side of the Big Island. I was working late on their phone system which is inside a big closet. As folks headed out for the night I wished them goodnight and soon I was alone in the building. After a while I stepped of the closet to get some tools and bam!...off goes the alarm system. Nuts I thought. Now I have to worry about the PD roaring up thinking they have a break in in progress. I took a look at the door for the alarm company name (a big national company based on the mainland) and called them and they told me they weren't seeing an alarm....and where was I anyway? The Big Island? As in Long Island? Fire Island? Where?
So next I called the Police Department. The alarm was still going off. I got a similar response from them, but even more amusing since they were located about 2 miles away from me. If you were standing next to their dispatcher the conversation from that end would have sounded something like...Who are you? Where are you? A National Park? You mean Hawaii Volcanoes? No? Down in Kona? Really? Where? What name did you say the parks name was? Really? Just two miles from the PD? A National Park Office?Reallllly? etc etc.
I finally got the dispatchers at Hawaii Volcanoes to contact the Law Enforcement Rangers for that park and they called me and said the alarm company was paid annually to monitor the alarm and it was also supposed to sound at the Police Department. They just told me to leave and pull the door shut behind me and the alarm would stop after a while. In the meantime they would have a look see at their contract for monitoring since it had proved so effective.
Sounds like that business on Stoneway might have the same monitoring system? <grin>
That's pretty crazy. I can imagine what was going through your head. Candid Camera?
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