I recently smashed the fire alarm in my University halls, on a drunken night out. I wanted to test to see how strong the caging was on the outside of the alarm, I tapped in and it smashed fully setting the alarm off throughout the block. I admitted to doing it, and today received a letter demanding me to meet with the site manager. I'm potentially going to receive a fine of £150 for this stupid act, but that's the standard fine for if a fire engine turns up and one didn't turn up so hopefully it will be less. But what should I say to her in the meeting?? It really was a mistake and I was only playing about, and didn't mean to harm anyone. I feel £150 would be a harsh punishment for a little mistake.
Let me know your ideas on the situation. Should I just tell the truth? Even though I suspect telling the truth will result in the fine for being reckless when drunk.
The letter reads:
"I should be pleased if you could meet with me on or before Monday 16 February 2009. My office is located within the Reception at 6...
This is to discuss an incident that has been reported to me.
Please note that should you not attend, disciplinary action could be taken against you which may also include a fine.
I look forward to meeting you.