We were woken by a fire alarm the other day. Well, when I say day, it was 2.45 in the frigging morning.
We live in an apartment building in the city. When fire alarms go off you need to take things seriously. Each apartment has a screaming alarm and at 2.45AM it tends to wake you up immediately. Unfortunately, when woken from sleep this way you tend to be a bit disoriented. Nevertheless we quickly dressed and made our way down the stairs from the 7th floor and assembled outside.
The fire brigade (two engines) were already there which was impressive and assuring.
Looking up at the building we saw two people on the 5th floor standing on the balcony outside their apartment and looking down. "Dicks" we thought.
After a while we were given the all clear and allowed to make our way back upstairs. There was a queue for the lifts with a hundred and fifty plus people all wanting to go up at the same time. We got back to bed about 4AM.
Later we found out that it was a case of 'vandalism' in that some one had deliberately set off an alarm. We immediately thought of the 'dicks' on the balcony.
Why do people do this sort of stupid thing? I can never understand acts of vandalism or wanton destruction. What's the point of smashing up a phone box or kicking in the glass in a bus shelter?
Why can't these morons realise that there is a cost to this and ultimately it all comes out of their pockets as well as the innocent in the form of taxes, levies, rates and mark-ups.