Sunday, September 05, 2004

The 7th floor

I teach several in-company classes at one of the largest companies in my city, and my Thursday class consists of three very nice ladies.

Last Thursday at 16h, the fire alarm started going off. After security confirmed (via the tannoy) that it was a test, we continued on with the lesson. However, they were also testing building evacuation procedures (but not evacuating anybody), so the bloody alarm kept going off every two minutes followed by instructions on what to do, making teaching/learning impossible.

At 16h05, one of the ladies said, 'I'll take care of this,' excused herself, got up and left the room. She came back in two minutes later, said 'Problem solved,' and we continued on with the lesson.

At the end of the lesson, I found out that she had called down to security and told them to do the test later. Apparently, all calls from the 7th (top) floor are to be obeyed immediately. By everybody.

Teaching the CEO's executive secretary is a good thing.