Bella and I went to the mall last Friday to meet Christy and Eva for some fun time at Play Town. Afterward, Bella and I went to the food court to get something to eat. We were in the restroom changing her diaper when the fire alarm went off. I gathered up our stuff and headed out. That’s when things got weird.
No one in the food court was acting like there was an alarm going off. The sample ladies were still giving out itty bitty sandwiches, shoppers were still lining up for lunch and people were still coming into the mall. I thought maybe there was a sign somewhere that I had missed saying that this was all a test or I was dreaming and the only one who could hear the alarm. I headed toward the exit by our car, looking around for some message from mall management. None. When I got outside, we were the only ones there. I could hear sirens wailing in the distance.
In a post-9/11 world, this lack of concern about a fire alarm in a mall baffles my mind. Was everyone waiting for a special invitation from Jack Bauer to get the heck out? Are we so comfortable that we haven’t been attacked on US soil for six years that we forgot about all of the threats to our shopping malls? Do we think it can’t happen to a small mall in the middle of The Heartland, so we completely and casually ignore a fire alarm that is going off for five minutes? I just don’t get it.