Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Mea Culpa

Two lessons came my way at work today.

 I am on a hiring committee and was in a conference room accessed by entering a security code into a keypad on a locked door. The first interview had gone well and the second interview was in progress. I placed a hand on the conference table to pull myself closer and felt a small plastic box mounted to the bottom of the table. I was sitting close to a table leg and assume it was part of the leg mount but it seemed strange since the plastic felt unsubstantial. I felt a hole slipped a finger in and touched a small soft easily pressed button. Strange! I knew I had to look under the table after the interview is finished.

 More questions were asked of the applicant and answers given. Then a knock on the locked door. I was sitting closest so I opened the door and greeted two campus police who asked "Did anyone press the panic button?" That solved the mystery of the plastic box with a recessed button!

They indicated they didn't mind responding to false alarms and said the same thing happened last week in parking services.

Today's lessons: First, keep my hands away from the bottom of conference tables; should I idly touch one and discover a small plastic box then keep all fingers from any and all openings. Second, when in parking services complaining about a ticket be sure to be extra nice to the clerks.


Blogger Regenia said...

Absolutely love reading this! That could so easily have been me! Glad to know it runs in the family!

5/07/2012 04:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did Paul go? I have enjoyed checking in from time to time on this blog.

8/13/2012 03:45:00 PM  

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