I was slurping some soup in the Hyperdome food hall at about 1:30 this arvo when a young lady from one of the food joints came through the tables saying that everyone should evacuate as there was a fire in the complex. I headed towards the Coles exit (the closest) together with a large crowd.
What a bloody shambles! Some stores were being quickly shut down, with their staff members joining the evacuation; other stores, including Coles, were still trading even though the checkout staff were clearly alarmed by the rush of people heading outwards; some bemused souls were standing in the walkways wondering what was going on, while getting swept up in the crowd; some pannicky souls had started running; the village idiots were maintaining their positions on the limited seating; and , as we got out of the d00rs, people were still trying to get in.
There were no alarms, no public address announcements, no security people, no bloody nothing!
The car park toll booth was unmanned, which suggest that centre staff had been alerted.
When I eventually got my car out, I saw that the front of the Hyperdome had been blocked off and there were heaps of fireies and coppers attending.
I shudder to think what could happen in a severe fire. The centre management should be given a kicking. Are emergency procedures a slack in the other centres?
Anyone else around at the time?