I think it has been raining in London everyday since I moved here a few weeks ago. Last Monday was no exception, so instead of checking out the beach at Brighton I decided to spend a fun day at work. Monday was also a bank holiday, and at around midnight I was the only one in the office. It was wonderfully quiet and peaceful. My thoughts had deeply sunken into the advantages and disadvantages of different procedures to evaluate computational models of similarity.
At Last.fm we have an IRC channel that we use for internal communications. Everyone logs in wherever they are as long as they have Internet access. Here are some excerpts from our IRC channel from Monday around midnight: (maybe I should add that the line starting with “pub” contains a list of special technical terms that help attract the attention of my colleagues)
<Elias> i think someone just tried to kick the last.fm office door open :-/
<Elias> pub beer porn
<Russ> inner one or outer one?
<Elias> I'm inside
<Elias> there was a hell of a noise at the door
<Elias> i went there, saw that part of the door closing system has come off, and there seems to be a hughe crack in the upper part, I'm not sure if that has been there before
<Russ> I don't remember any huge cracks before
<Elias> I guess I should have a look outside? ... are there any weapons around? :-)
<Russ> this is the white one, not the black one right?
<Russ> there's an electric drill and a pocket knife by my desk
(I’ll skip the advice they gave me on building a fighting robot.)
<Elias> what's the number of the police?
<Elias> i guess i could give them a call and just ask what they recommend?
<Russ> you can report crimes online! genius!
<Elias> i tried, but it wasnt the first hit :-)
<Russ> Elias: http://www.met.police.uk/hackney/ is the web site
<julian> what's the emergency number in the uk, btw?
<Russ> julian: it's 999, heh
<julian> good to know :D
<Russ> 112 also works, I think. Definitely works from mobiles
<Muz> 08 too iirc
<Russ> don't be silly
<Russ> that's french
<Muz> I thought it redirects
<Elias> I'll give them a call and see what they say…
<Russ> Muz: 0845 numbers don't make any sense
<Russ> if that's the case
<Muz> Ahhh, good point
<Elias> duh. 999 doesnt work
<Elias> i get a wrong number signal
I finally got through to the police, they said they’ll send someone over, and then they called back to double-check on the address, and then they called a second time…
<Elias> the police just told me that it was police who did that
<Russ> could you ask for it in writing?
<HawkeV> the police broke our door?
<Elias> she said they had a call earlier saying that someone had collapsed behind the door?!!?
<HawkeV> so they kicked it once
<HawkeV> then left?
<Russ> the HACKNEY police ∗failed∗ to kick down our door.
<Elias> so they tried to kick the door open and then decided to go away again.
<Russ> HawkeV: it's fairly sturdy
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<Elias> i just heard somethihng again…
I went outside to talk to the officers, but there was no one there.
The next day I had a chat with the police. They explained that there was some confusion. There is a building with the same name not too far away. At this other building a lady had collapsed in her flat and her doctor (standing outside the door) had called the police for help to open the door. The police had never been at our office.
Just in case the robbers read this…
Be warned: we are prepared and we got brutal death metal music!!!
If you try this again you’ll be begging for mercy when our speakers blast out the songs by the artist most frequently tagged with BDM!
(And we also got an improved security system now.)