A suspicious looking black briefcase is left by the doors of a church and the major thoroughfare through your town is shut down for most of the morning and many businesses closed. When the Fort Walton Beach Police Department were unable to determine who it belonged to the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Bay County’s Sheriff’s Office bomb squad and the Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations Office all responded to the scene.
This all took place blocks from where I live. I knew it was going on. The local newspaper had posted on Facebook and I happened to see it in my news feed. Actually I did not think much of it at the time and didn’t give it another thought – not until I saw it on the front page of the newspaper this morning. H said we were far enough away if anything had happened. We would have heard the explosion and it probably would have shaken the windows. That’s scary enough for me.
A man stepped forward hours later to claim his forgotten briefcase after hearing about the situation on social media as I had. He had left the ‘suspicious’ case by the doors when he had locked up following a meeting the night before. There’s a plus for social media! Who knows how long the shutdown would have gone on if social media had not prevailed.
What’s happening here? Years ago that briefcase would not have been given a second thought. Some kind soul would have stumbled across it and without a fleeting thought picked it up, taken it to the church office, and the secretary would have asked around trying to find the owner. Worse case scenario, the briefcase would have been opened, breaking locks if necessary, and the contents rummaged through to find a clue of ownership. Twenty-five years later, calling in the bomb squad is the normal procedure to follow.
I know this is now common procedure and only a precaution to keep people safe, but it makes me sad to realize that our world has come to this. Life is not as it used to be. Kids don’t think and post who knows what on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and there are repercussions. If they aren’t careful the bomb squad may show up! There was an article in the paper on this subject a couple of days ago.
I’ve opened the articles up on my computer, googled ‘bomb squad’ for an image, and searched the internet for more information. I’m hoping the title to this post will not alert the officials! Yes, it’s a scary world. You can’t even accidentally forget your briefcase on the steps of a church!
I mentioned on my Facebook page recently that reading my news feed was like watching CNN or Fox News. Who needs the newspaper anymore? Just open up social media.
You don’t want to know what other news was in my paper this morning. I’m afraid to cruise through Facebook.