I had 2 hours of sleep last night, after the fire alarm in my hall of residence was set off 3 times.
The first one was at 3am and we were barely indoors for 20 minutes between the next two. We finally got back indoors at 6am, by which time I had decided there was no point going back to sleep (I have a lecture at 9 and would have woken up at 7 anyway).
Each time the alarm is set off, the fire brigade have to send 2 fully manned fire engines and search the building, costing the University about £1000 each time. The second time it happened last night, they searched all 250 rooms to make sure nobody was ignoring the alarm. A lot of people had stayed in bed, and now face eviction from the hall and possibly from the University.
I don't blame them at all for staying in bed. Fair enough, the first alarm could have been genuine. But when there are 2 more in less than 2 hours, it is plain to see that it's a hoax. I appreciate that we are obliged to evacuate the building for health and safety reasons, but I feel so angry that my sleep has to be disrupted just because a few immature, inconsiderate little twunts don't know how to behave properly. My friend very nearly missed her taxi to the airport for her flight home as a result of all of this.
Not sure what the point of posting this is, but I need to vent my anger somehow. Grrrrr
A similar thing happened in another hall the other week; http://www.portsmouthtoday.co.uk/Vie...icleID=1408582