Just Watched Police And Fire Dept 'Wake Up' Two Of My NeighborsSubmitted by chris cudnoski on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 17:53
My door buzzer rang and I got up to see who it was, when I heard someone else in the building buzz in some police and fire and rescue people.
They started rapping on my neighbors door and saying "fire and rescue, please open up." Not shouting, but saying it as they knocked, not pounded, on the door. After about a minute the fire and rescue guy turned around and braced himself, then kicked in the door.
Immediately my neighbor appeared saying 'what's going on! I was in the bathroom!'. (The bathrooms in these apartments are in the back and they have loud fans so it is entirely plausible that she wouldn't have heard them knocking, not pounding, on the door.)
I watched this through my peephole and listened to them tell her that they had gotten a call but apparently they had the wrong address. They spent about 10 minutes trying to fix her door then they left.
I will talk to them to find out more what happened but don't feel comfortable quite yet as I can hear her crying right now. But the good news I guess is that The Powers That Were (thanks go213) have now instilled a healthy sense of respect and fear in my previously unawake, quiet, mostly normal, slightly weird in a charming way neighbor and her 16-year old daughter. All the pamphlets and DVDs in the world couldn't have been more effective...
(update) OK, got the whole story now... seems that the daughter walked to the store and slipped on the ice and broke her elbow. Her friend who was with her called 911 and gave her address but got disconnected before he could explain that they weren't there at the time.
Why didn't they call 911 back after they were disconnected? Who knows - maybe they were panicking, maybe they didn't think they needed to, maybe the phone quit working. Why didn't 911 call them back? Maybe they did but couldn't get through.
Part of me thinks I'm making a mountain out of a moment in time over this situation, but another part of me thinks that this is just another sign of the craziness of our times when 'authority figures' will rap gently on someone's door and then kick it in all over a report of someone falling on ice and breaking their elbow.
Since they were just getting back from the emergency room I decided not to delve into my 'over-reaching police state' speech; that opportunity will come soon enough. Hopefully the kids in her high school will do that for me and I can simply agree with them and say 'That's right!'