If you could take a guess as to what I was doing at 3 AM last Thursday night/Friday morning, you’d say sleeping, right? (Keeping in mind I have classes early on Fridays.)
That’s what I would’ve guessed too. However, it didn’t exactly turn out that way. My night started out pretty uneventful; I got in bed around 11, surfed the web, then passed out because I was tired.
At 2:50 AM, I heard a pounding on the door. Thinking it was for someone else, or that I was imagining it, I ignored it and turned over on my pillow.
At 2:51, I heard pounding on my door again. Okay, this time I was certain someone was at my door. In a groggy daze, I got out of bed, neglecting to put on pants/a t-shirt. For reasons unclear to me now, I figured it’d be okay to open the door wearing nothing but my short boxer briefs.
I open the door, and there are 2 Cornell Police officers. I look at both of them, fully decked in their police uniforms: belt, gun, badge, and all.
I then look at myself: wearing nothing but short underwear.
I manage to mumble: “Good evening, Officers.”
They say back something along the lines of, “Is anyone else in there?? What does your window face? What have you been doing?”
I groggily replied that I was just sleeping…and had done nothing suspicious at all. I even invited them to look around the room–hey, I had nothing to hide. The worst they’d find is an awful music collection.
Something about the way I was talking, or the way I handled myself must have proven to them that I was innocent. After a brief conversation they basically told me that someone had reported suspicious activity in one of the rooms facing west, and they apologized for waking me. Inevitably, the conversation was a tad awkward because I was, in fact, wearing nothing but really short boxer briefs.
Lesson learned: From now on, I’ll take the time to put on sweatpants when someone knocks on my door at 3 AM. Or not…it was a pretty amusing incident in retrospect.
After telling the story a few times the next day, people have asked me if I was bothered by the incident. I said repeatedly, of course not! If waking me up in the middle of the night is what it takes to stop potentially criminal activity around me, I’m all for it.