Whilst at (a large shopping centre) today the engraving place caught fire. Well something in it did. Big roiling clouds of chemical laced smoke boiled around me as I was reading the paper nearby. I looked up to see the cloud waft up passed the escalators. A horrible acrid stink filled the area causing my throat to rasp and people to cough.
So what did they do?
Some dude with a radio watched on warily with a fire extinguisher at the ready (near his feet) in case something else happened. Did they clear the area or the shops near by that were affected by the smell in case someone with breathing difficulties entered the area?
No they did not. As I left 10 minutes later (having gone into the supermarket near by to be near thewife if we had to leg it) the firies were there investigating while some portly goatee clad staffer frantically scrubbed a smoke stain off the up escalator's sides.
Good one (large shopping centre). Way to protect customer safety.