Have you ever noticed those exit doors at the back of theaters or restaurants that say,
"Emergency Exit. Alarm will sound if opened?"
Have you ever wondered what would really happen if you opened one of those doors?
Well last Thursday night we found out.
We took the twins to an early dinner at IHOP while their parents were in LA.
We arrived about 5pm, thinking that would be a quiet unrushed time to eat.
Instead of ordering his usual "hanga-burg" Jonas opted for the eggs, bacon and 5 little pancakes.
Téa wanted the same.
They were almost finished with their food when I noticed some disturbance up by the register.
A man, which looked to be a customer, was using some ugly words,
in an even angrier tone to the girl taking the money upfront.
Then I heard him threaten to do something "in front of all the customers."
but I couldn't hear exactly what his actual threat was.
I also heard the words, "I'll let it off...."
(Perhaps he was just referring to his mouth, I don't know.
But since we were the only customers in that entire half of the restaurant,
we would be the ones getting it.)
And that poor employee working the register and taking his abuse! She looked stunned and scared.
It was at this point our waitress came by and I said to her, "Something is going on up front."
and I sort of nodded towards the register. She looked in that direction, and then back at me,
leaning her ear close to my mouth and said, "Tell me what he said."
I started to, but then I said, "I need to get my babies out of here. Can I go out the back door?"
I don't know why I asked, I was going to do it anyway.
I knew Den would take care of the bill, plus make sure that employee up front was okay,
so I grabbed the twins pancake-syrupy-little hands and hurried them along.
Téa kept asking, "Why are we going? What is wrong?"
Urging them on I said, "I'll tell you later, just hurry up."
Then I noted that alarm sign on their back door, looked back and said to the waitress,
"What if the alarm goes off?" She just shooed us away saying, "It's okay. Just go!"
I opened that back door and... nothing...no sound at all.
Now I'm wondering if all those alarm signs on doors are bogus.
After we got outside I just kept walking with the twins in the opposite direction of the restaurant.
We got a distance away and then I stopped to take my phone out of my purse so I could call Dennis
and tell him where we were, but I couldn't find it. Den soon found us anyway.
He learned that man was upset because he claimed he got food poisoning
from eating there last Tuesday night. He said the man was threatening for money
to pay his doctor bills, and get a refund on the food that made him sick.
As for the twins, I never did end up explaining what happened, or why we left so quickly.
On that very Eve before they turned 4, distraction seemed to be the kinder option.
While we were waiting for Dennis to find us, we looked at the many spring flowers
and talked about how beautiful the world is right now.
I'd rather they go right on thinking about that instead.
The disgusting language we heard by that angry customer at IHOP
may soon be allowed on TV and radio stations nationwide and, all hours of the day.
I checked this out with Snopes, and it's true.
Please consider voicing your opinion before it becomes in affect.
Our voice is the only power we have. The FCC is actually accepting comments from
the viewing public on this issue through the end of April.