It's been the topic of many sitcom episodes - a new security system is installed and bunglers - not burglars, set off the alarm.
It happened at The Mirror this week after our system was upgraded.
To protect privacy, I won't name the bungling employee. We'll just say the subject was a Caucasian female who stands close to 5'9" in 2-inch heels, weighs %*$ pounds with wavy, brownish-blondish-grayish hair and Southern eyes.
Because I work closely with this employee, I can tell her story pretty accurately. It happened just like in the sitcoms when the unsuspecting, calm subject is startled into a flailing, blooming idiot. With the alarm screaming, the telephone ringing (the security system was calling) and the police dispatcher calling out The Mirror's address to police units all sounding in her ears at the same time, the employee didn't know whether to run, hide or play dead. She ended up calling her boss, calling the dispatcher, turning off the alarm and smiling her sweetest smile to the police officer shining his flashlight in the door.
The details of the order in which she did those things are sort of fuzzy. It seemed they all happened in the wrong order. And the matters became complicated when she was asked to verify the false alarm by giving the password. Password? The brownish-grayish-blondish hair suddenly became platinum-blonde as she mentally scanned her brain searching for the magic word, and couldn't even locate her brain. A quick phone call to her boss revealed that the password is the best-kept secret at The Mirror. But if you look in our newspaper under the arrests for her name, you won't find it. Because the boss may not know the password, but he does know one of the 911 dispatchers personally, and his mother happened to be on the shift that night.
The good news of this story is the Thomson Police Department. They are seriously fast. Before a cell phone could speed-dial Publisher Jason Smith's number, an officer was jiggling the front door of The Mirror office. It's a secure feeling.
Since I just told of one citizen who fumbled under pressure, I have to tell of others who rose like champions. Four students from Dearing Elementary School were chosen to represent 13 area school systems at the state capitol last week. Not only were they representatives, but they actually gave presentations. Knowing what they did is inspiring, but also it was just plain fun to interview Krissi Greenawalt, Miranda Dansby, Aleah Mincey and Mimi Rosales. They shouldered a great responsibility and had total fun while doing it. I won't spoil the suspense - you can read it on Page 1A.