Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Trust on Fire

In another one of those incidents fitting the category "It Would Never Happen In America", we just had a fire drill at work this morning.

Now, forget the fact that this is the first one we've had in the THREE years I've been here (!); something even more shocking happened.

Of everyone in the building, almost all of whom are female, only one other woman brought out her handbag!!  Am I the only one who thinks that is just weird?

I've gotten used to the whole not locking my car door thing while I'm driving, but this... this is just crazy!  Or... is it me still stuck in the American suspicious mindset?


Beth said...

It's funny you should mention that because I got laughed at the first time I brought my stuff out with me during a fire drill. I'll never forget it. After that I was peer pressured into leaving stuff but I never felt right about it!

Viajera said...

Happens here in Canada too sometimes. I've worked with people who panic and leave their handbag and instantly regret it. Most times, people just think it's a drill and not a real fire, so no need to carry their stuff with them. The men have their wallets, but most of them leave other valuables such as laptops, etc. I used to do the same, but it was inconvenient, so I stopped.

Sirmelja said...

Beth, nobody laughed at me but I noticed myself trying to minimize the bag which means I was feeling the unconscious peer pressure! Must resist!!

Viajera, even if it is just a drill, you never leave your bag behind! Trust is one thing - I trust my coworkers. But I don't trust all the clients, etc who are also walking around :-(

Sole Sister Salma said...

Maybe people panicked? I have grabbed my bag but left my winter coat (for example) on a freezing winter's day.

For me it's not about trust...I have my inhalors and other stuff in there...I don't know. I guess it depends.

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