Having spent the better part of the last two days in court (supporting a friend who was on trial) I had to laugh at the fallibility of their so-called “security” process.
It’s much like going through security in an airport. First, you have to — what seems like — strip: take off all jackets, belts, hats, etc., and empty all pockets, placing all bags and pocket contents in their bins, which pass through a sort of X-ray machine. Hopefully your pants don’t fall off as you then walk through the metal detectors, where you are permitted to redress yourself — that is, if your person didn’t set off any alarms on the way through. In which case, you will be called to the side to be re-examined by a gaurd with a metal detecting wand. This all took place at the front door.
You would think this process would be totally secure…
However, on the second day, the trial process took longer than usual, and court was adjourned until after lunch, so we went downstairs to the cafeteria for a cup of coffee and a snack. Because there happened to be an outdoor courtyard there, we had to pass through another security process exactly like the front door security to return to the upper levels of the building.
That’s when I discovered, to my greatest surprise, that I had a very small pocket knife in my bag! When I was asked about it, I didn’t even believe it, but they showed me the X-ray, and sure enough… so after rummaging around for a minute or so, it was found and confiscated. (To give them credit, they allowed me to have it back if I returned it to our vehicle directly, which I did, making another pass through front door “security” necessary….)
Here’s what was so funny: I had passed through front door security TWICE without that same knife being seen in their X-ray machine. Hmmm…! Makes you wonder just how “secure” things are, after all… 🤔