I work in a large office complex, and the security is supposedly very tight here. However, looking at the state of the security guards that stand at the entrance to the office complex, I’m not so sure.
One of the annoying things that these security people do is to ask to see the ID card of everyone that is driving in through the gate. Now, I’m sure there is some good reason for this check, but the security guards are standing in the hot sun, looking through ID cards through a car’s windshield – They can’t be seeing very much there.
I suspect that the ID card check has become like a ritual to them – It had some use in the distant past, but now no one can figure why they’re doing it. But they do it every day, not really understanding what to expect when they lazily wave their hand at every passing car, making the 4-finger-plus-thumb sign that indicates the driver to show an ID card.
Being a man of action, I decided to test this – To see how easily I could get by the security guys without actually showing my company ID card.
So, the next day, I drove into the office complex fully prepared. As expected, the security guy waved at me, making the show-me-the-ID-card gesture.
I pretended like he was waving “Hello” to me, and so I waved back at him, saying “Hi” and gave him a big smile.
There was a very confused reaction on his face as he tried to figure out how to react to that. It was an absolutely new experience for him that the car owner didn’t absentmindedly show him the ID card, but actively waved at him. Before he could process what had happened, I just drove past.
The next day, I repeated the same thing, he got surprised the same way again, and I got through the security guy a second time without my ID card. This happened for a week, until the security guy’s boss stepped in and had a word with him.
For my next experiment, I decided to see what all things I could pass off as an ID card. There’s no way the security guy can see through the windshield and make any sense of what’s I’m showing him. So what all I could I show instead of my company ID card and still get past?
On Monday, I took my old college ID card and waved it at the security guy at the gate. He let me through.
On Tuesday, I printed out Batman’s photo and pasted it on my college ID card and waved it at him. No problem, he let me through.
On Wednesday, I took the Jack of Diamonds from a playing cards deck and waved it at him. No problem, he let me through.
On Thursday, I waved my car stereo remote control at him. Once again, he let me through.
This was becoming too easy, so on Friday, I decided to step it up a notch. I saved a slice of toast from breakfast and took it with me to office. When the security guys asked to see my ID card, I waved the piece of toast at them. No problem once more, I was let through.
I think my experiment has been a great success. I have proved that some artifacts from your breakfast are good enough to get you past the high-tech security at these office complexes. I wonder how far I can push it, though.
Next time around, I think I’ll pick up a rock from the roadside on my way to work and wave it at the security guy. I’m sure he’ll be unfazed and let me through.