“In the event of an earthquake,” said Randolph to his factory workers, “make a beeline for the nearest exit.”
“But,” said Gilbert who operated the knitting machine, “that’s the last thing you should do. Stay inside and get under a table or something.”
”What nonsense,” said Randolph. “I say make a beeline for the nearest exit and get out in the open.”
A week later there was a substantial earthquake. The workers got under tables or stood in the strong-framed doorways. Randolph made a beeline for the nearest exit. As he exited through the door a brick from the outside façade of the building fell down and hit him on the head.
“That’s what happens,” said Lorna of 34 Hillsbury Crescent, “when you make a beeline for the nearest exit.”