A van came screeching to a halt on the street near the dilapidated building. Twelve men wearing heavy duty gear got down and fanned efficiently into the building. One kept a sign warning that the sidewalk was closed, another grabbed a coil of wire and few started unloading boxes marked ‘Danger – Explosives’.
The vagabond, who usually slept inside the building, noticed the activity from a distance. Even with his brain addled by a cocktail of alcohol and heroin, he noticed the words ‘bin ladin’ on one of their overalls. He immediately called the Police from a payphone and explained the suspicious movements. A war veteran. he smiled with satisfaction to hear the telltale howl of the Police sirens.
A perimeter was set and snipers took their vantage positions. A sergeant used a loudhailer to order the men inside to come out. Few of them came out with raised arms and confused faces. The snipers went into alert mode as a banner was unfurled from the top. It read,
‘Confined Implosion – Proposed site for UKS Bank.’
The construction work had been awarded to the multi-billion dollar Saudi Binladin Group.
The vagabond had to find a new place to sleep.