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lynnm1947 posted 7/9/2013 09:37 AM

Roseanna Roseannadanna was right. If it's not one thing, it's another. Struggled to work through TTC slowdowns and diversions—one of them caused by what the TTC called an “incident” at my destination subway station and many more caused by yesterday's torrential rains and power outages. Got to my building and there were hundreds of people—and six police cars— outside.

“Fire alarm?” I asked one waiting person.

“Apparently some suspicious character has entered our building,” she said. She’d been waiting five minutes. After another ten minutes, the police let us in the building and I took the elevator up to the 10th floor. My co-worker was already there. She hadn’t heard about the excitement.

I had just finished recounting the story when our doorbell rang. We have a camera outside our door that gives a good view of the entire hallway. Monitors on our desk switch on the view when the doorbell rings, so I looked up to see a shrouded figure run to the fire alarm and pull it.

We called the security desk and told them that the suspect is on our floor, they tell the police, who rush up and corner her/him outside our office door.

We still didn't know why the person was being chased. The building super came to visit us after the police nailed her and told us that she had pulled a knife on someone in the subway station and when chased, ran into our building. I’m not too happy that the police let us in the building without knowing whether the suspect had exited. Literally, if I had been one minute later, I would have come off the elevator face-to-face with her.

Scary sh*t!

[This message edited by lynnm1947 at 9:38 AM, July 9th (Tuesday)]

jo2love posted 7/9/2013 09:51 AM


Scary. I'm so glad you are ok!

metamorphisis posted 7/9/2013 09:52 AM

Geez lynn..
It was like armageddon in Toronto yesterday

Glad you are safe! And the pictured of the cars on the highway flooded up to their windows are just insane!!

lynnm1947 posted 7/9/2013 09:58 AM

Thanks, guys!

Yeah, Meta, yesterday was interesting in Toronto. My power came back on at 2:24 a.m. Ask me how I know. OK, I'll tell you! I woke up to hear a garbled voice from downstairs. Immediately I thought about the recent news reports of multiple break-ins in my neck of the city. A few seconds later, the TV cable box clock came back on. I now know what I heard was my house alarm struggling to come back on, but the scare was enough to keep me awake the rest of the night. Then I come to work to this! Crap, I've had enough today.

DixieD posted 7/9/2013 10:09 AM

Wow I'm glad you are ok Lynn. Good thing you have tight security in your office.

nowiknow23 posted 7/9/2013 10:11 AM

Holy cats! Glad you are ok. Hope the locusts aren't next.

[This message edited by nowiknow23 at 10:12 AM, July 9th (Tuesday)]

lynnm1947 posted 7/9/2013 10:17 AM

That's what I said, NIK. "Good God, what's next? A plague of locusts?"

lynnm1947 posted 7/9/2013 10:21 AM

Re: security

Our office door used to be open all the time until about 10 years ago, while our visiting auditor was alone in the office, a thief came in and stole a laptop computer right from underneath her nose. Now we have a doorbell that's attached to a monitor. We can see and speak with anyone who rings the doorbell before releasing the lock on the door. Thank God!

FaithFool posted 7/9/2013 11:07 AM

Whoa! That is scary. I guess the police were a bit distracted by all the activity?

Glad you're OK.

lynnm1947 posted 7/9/2013 12:13 PM

I don't know, but ya gotta wonder why they'd let people in the building knowing a wild woman was on the loose. She was crouched outside my door when the police got her, evading the security camera.

jrc1963 posted 7/9/2013 12:31 PM

Yikes... that's enough to claim disability for PTSD!!! Damn!

Glad you're ok Lynnm...

DragnHeart posted 7/9/2013 12:37 PM

Wow! Very happy you are ok!

lynnm1947 posted 7/9/2013 13:06 PM

So are we! My co-worker and I have stopped shaking now, but we did go to lunch and knock back a glass of wine. LOL.

There's been no mention on the news. I assume this is being treated like a transit suicide: kept under wraps to discourage copycats.

[This message edited by lynnm1947 at 1:46 PM, July 9th (Tuesday)]

lynnm1947 posted 7/10/2013 11:06 AM

Heard that the knife-wielding woman is mentally ill. Apparently she attacked someone in the subway because she thought the person was "after" her. Sad. But still dangerous.

solus sto posted 7/10/2013 12:36 PM

How scary! I'm glad you're all right!

(I was confused, at first, wondering, "Trying to conceive? On the way to work? How? Why?" Took me a minute to figure out what TTC was, in this context )

lynnm1947 posted 7/10/2013 13:43 PM

TTC=Toronto Transit Commission

Useless for me to try to conceive. Just sayin'.

[This message edited by lynnm1947 at 1:43 PM, July 10th (Wednesday)]

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