Please move to the exits in an orderly fashion. Do not panic. Thank you for your cooperation. You're fired.

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People, we need to give it up for American Express. In August, the forward thinking firm announced its "Speak up and Speak Out" campaign, wherein employees were encouraged to report their colleagues' on-site violations, no matter how small or petty, without reprieve, so that the higher ups didn't have to look like the bad guys and analysts who make time for Two and a Half Men could be taken care of. Excellent outside of the box thinking, we noted at the time. Today AMEX cranked things up a notch yet again. I don't know how they could possibly top this, but I'm looking forward to the attempt and I'm merely suggesting and not demanding that it involve a giant game of Assassin.

From: HQ Postmaster
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 4:15 PM
Subject: Evacuation Drill at American Express and Brookfield Properties
A message from MD Patrick Kelleher, head of Worldwide Security:
Evacuation Drill at American Express and Brookfield Properties
Dear Colleagues:
American Express and Brookfield Properties will be conducting a building evacuation drill for their employees at 200 Vesey Street on Thursday, November 20, between 4 and 5:30 pm Eastern time.
An estimated 8,000 people will be instructed to walk north on North End Avenue or West Street to Murray Street and go home from there. The drill is only an exercise.

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