Friday, November 20, 2009

A Tip to Aspiring Arsonists

Just pull a bunch of fire alarms across campus, then start a real fire and laugh while everyone ignores it!

E-mail below:
In case you had not already heard, our recent fire alarm was a deliberate pull of one of the alarms near an exit door. Similar alarm incidents have been occurring across campus this morning. We have been instructed by UCPD that we do not have to vacate the building. However, it may take PPCS a while to respond to shut off the alarms and the alarms are extremely loud. So you may want to leave the building anyway, or to use ear plugs to protect your hearing if this occurs again. Obviously it is not possible to teach or to conduct normal business until the alarms have been turned off.



Blogger Patrick said...

I just made a comment about this in the other thread. I'll move it here:

Knock that shit off. When you pull a fire alarm, the fire department responds. When the fire department responds to your fake call, someone else — someone with a real emergency — has to wait in line.

So it's more than just annoying. It's dick.

11/20/2009 11:59 AM  
Blogger Kuru said...

Anyone who deliberately pulls an alarm when there is no fire should be fined the total cost of responding and be required to serve significant jail time.

This is not a funny prank, or some cool form of "protest." We have emergency services to help people in real emergencies. What happens when someone can't be helped because everyone is away dealing with your false alarm?

This is the most childish thing I have every seen and I hope the administrators, the union, the striking students, and the non-striking students can all come together to denounce this tactic.

11/20/2009 12:03 PM  
Blogger Kuru said...

*ever seen

11/20/2009 12:03 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I agree with everything you guys said. But one time in college, I was more stressed out by an exam than I had ever been before, and when i showed up to take it, there was police tape wrapped around the building. Some enterprising student had called in a bomb threat. While the tactic is deplorable, I can't pretend it wasn't one of the best moments of my life. It felt like the last scene in Office Space.

11/20/2009 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or Road Trip.

11/20/2009 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous. People are protesting pay cuts, layoffs, and fee hikes - but here they are, wasting the fire dept's time and our tax money that could have been used to fix some of the problems. Kuru suggests that they should be fined the total cost of responding to the fire or jail time. Personally, I will be happy with nothing short of capital punishment. The world would be better off.

11/20/2009 2:42 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Oh yes, absolutely. Because capital punishment has never been a drain on state resources.

11/20/2009 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it's really the due process associated with capital punishment that costs money. I believe the hyperbolic chap @ 2:42 would propose something a little more "summary."

11/20/2009 4:27 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Oh yeah, sorry, wholesale execution makes much more sense!

11/20/2009 4:37 PM  

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