Overseen And Overheard: Public Safety Edition
Written by Zoe Sottile
Sometimes, life brings you lemons, and sometimes life brings you the 12:00 to 4:00 pm shift at Public Safety in East Campus during Homecoming. This unlucky Bwogger watched Columbia get rowdy from the other side of the security desk. Here are some highlights.
- My shift started on a rough note, as one girl trying to recover an ID left in her room escalated until multiple people were threatening to fight a professional security guard. Note: Don’t do this. Please.
- After one resident signed in a bevy of Barnard girls multiple times, he mistakenly then tried to sign himself in as a guest and got confused when I explained that he didn’t have to.
- One resident repeatedly tried to use his credit card to sign in. His friend eventually helped him. Good job, friend!
- Multiple alumni attempted to use their own old IDs to sign in to the dorm.
- I watched one parent holding her young children to her sides on one side of the lobby as a horde of drunk residents left from the other direction, which could have passed as promotion for 300.
- A visiting mother leaving the dorm after a particularly rambunctious student asked, “Do you think that man was inebriated?” When I shrugged, she added, “I bet he was.”
- A different parent asked, “Was there puke in the hallway earlier?”
- One student promised another that, “I know people in Athletics, I can get you in under the table.”
- The professional security guard supervising me sagely advised me, “When it gets busy, I just stop putting people in the system. Just stop signing in guests.”
- Be nice to your security guards. They’re trying their best (maybe).
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