Have you ever wondered how you would react in a potentially dangerous situation? This morning I got real life experience and I’m happy to report that my natural instincts kicked in.
My day started out as normal. I left for work earlier than usual because our computer guy was arriving first thing in the morning to work on a project. My co-worker had a morning appointment and needed me to unlock the office. I work in a small office and I am careful to keep the door locked when I am working alone. My office is a rental unit in a larger office building and it would be easy for someone to walk in off the street. So when Mr. Computer Guy (whom I’d met before) knocked on the door I naturally unlocked the door and let him in to do his thing. I went back to my desk.
About five minutes later I heard a second knock on the door. Not expecting anyone else, I walked to the door only to find an unknown man standing in the reception area. I quickly scanned his clothing for identification and it was clear that he wasn’t a delivery person. I asked why he was standing there. He mumbled something to the effect of “I’m here to install the cable for Mr. Computer Guy.” It was then that I noticed that Mr. Computer Guy had left the office and that I was all alone with a stranger (I’ll call him Creepy Guy #1). I was almost put at ease by the fact that Creepy Guy #1 knew Mr. Computer Guy’s first name.
That is until…
Creepy Guy #1 walked between myself and the door and proceeded to lock the deadbolt. That would be about the time that my adrenaline started pumping! I quickly unlocked the deadbolt and asked accusingly, “Why did you lock the door?” I was simultaneously urging myself to get out of the office as quickly as possible. Non-criminal cable guys do not lock deadbolts. As I opened the door I saw that a second stranger was standing in the doorway talking on his cellphone (Creepy Guy #2). I quickly stepped into the hallway and made my way towards the exit doors which face a busy street. Meanwhile, Creepy Guy #1 is trying to explain that he locked the door to play a practical joke on Creepy Guy #2. When Creepy Guy #1 saw that I was getting the heck outta there, he and Creepy Guy #2 exited the building through the back staircase.
Now what? I really didn’t have a plan other than leave. I was at least relieved to discover that my cell phone and car keys were in my pocket. I started dialing 911 but I changed my mind after the creepy guys left. I called my husband instead. He advised me to wait in my car until my co-worker arrived. It was good advice but first I wanted to retrieve my purse from my office. The last thing I wanted to do was walk into an empty office by myself so I knocked on the door of a neighboring office and asked if someone could go with me. While I was explaining the situation, Mr. Computer Guy reemerged. I shared my story and it turns out Creepy Guy was the cable guy he had hired. Mr. Computer Guy called Creepy Guy #1 and confirmed my story. Creepy Guy still tried to say that he locked the door as a practical joke. Well, umm, not funny. Mr. Computer Guy went back to work in my office. I retrieved my purse and waited in the hallway until my co-worker and boss arrived.
In case you are wondering, Creepy Guy is not invited back to finish the job.