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 Posted: Sun Sep 11th, 2016 07:19 pm
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I was managing a coffee shop in a shopping center. All of the other stores had opened but then closed soon after. Shopping center manager came in and complained to me that people were always looking to take a day off 'for nothing'.

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I was dispatching for a construction equipment rental company. At the time I shared an office with my boss and we had come to the agreement that he could listen to stern on the stereo and then I listened to music the balance of the day. We turned the tv on just in time to see the second plane hit. We would probably get close to 200 phone calls a day at the place and the phone rang maybe 10 times over the next two days.



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Driving in my car to a Marta to head to a tech show at the Georgia World Congress Center when I heard about the 1st plane. I met my buddy at the Five Points Station and he told me about the 2nd. We headed immediately to his office around the corner to get the news.



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I was at work, managing a fuel station for one of the local grocery chains. My ex wife called me with the news. I tried in vain to get news on the radio. I went in to the store to tell the store manager and they were in the process of taking the TV out of the conference room upstairs and place it at the checkouts so we could all watch the coverage. Once I got off, I went home to my ex where we loaded up the kids and went out to get away from the news for a bit. The mood all around was eerie.



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beejmi wrote: I was managing a coffee shop in a shopping center. All of the other stores had opened but then closed soon after. Shopping center manager came in and complained to me that people were always looking to take a day off 'for nothing'.
I've worked for assholes like that.

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At work. I just heard a plane crashed into the Towers. Thought it was an accident. GF at the time called me and gave me updates.



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Working construction that day, was really pissed off because I had just had to unload 50 pcs of sheetrock by myself because the crew did not show up like they were supposed to, and had stopped at McDonalds to get breakfast, when the girl in front of me in line was one her cell phone and turned to her friend and said an airplane hit one of the twin towers.

Went out to the truck and the radio broke in that a second plane just hit the second tower, which was when I knew the first was no accident.

Not a good day or time not knowing what was going to happen next.



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I just got out off class at University of Waterloo in Canada and as I walked down the corridor, I noticed that there was a television on a trolley parked in the middle of the building lobby. A huge crowd of people were gathered around it. I knew something important had just happened. I went to have a look and it was CNN giving live updates.

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At work listening to the Howard Stern radio show. One minute they were talking about Pam Anderson & then Stern mentioned that a plane crashed into one of the towers. The rest of the show dealt with the attacks. Stern even mentioned Bin Laden.




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I was sitting at my desk at work (same place I still work at). Listening to a local radio show they mentioned a plane hitting the first tower and I walked across the hall to tell a friend and we went into the bosses office to watch the coverage on his tv. We only had 2 televisions in the entire place, there was probably 10 of us in his office watching it as the 2nd plane hit, standing around a 13" tv freaking out.

I was thinking about it yesterday and thinking about how my job has changed in those 15 years since then, we've moved to a bigger building and I have the big corner office (had a cubicle back then) and have a 32" television with cable in my office now as do most of us in the office and all breaking news now we're getting immediately. I know that means nothing really in the scheme of this but just remembering how all of us in the office huddled around that little television back then freaking out together..wouldn't happen that way at work now. Kind of miss the more "family" element we all had back then at work..



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Had just arrived at my office at J.P. Morgan on 5th Avenue (can't remember the exact street but maybe 40 blocks from the Towers).  Someone came by and off-handedly said that a plane hit the WTC.  I pretty much ignored it, thinking it was a Cessna.  I turned on Howard Stern because I had a radio at my desk in those days.  Then I heard about the second plane and knew that it was a terrorist attack. 

Finding news was hard.  Major Internet sites like CNN just went down with overloaded servers.  I can't imagining that happening today.  You could not find info online at all.  Social media didn't even exist yet. 

They shut the subways down immediately and then you had to make the choice of staying put or walking across a bridge to get out of Manhattan.  We were advised to stay put.  There seemed like no good solution.  Some thought the bridges were about to be bombed and we'd be sitting ducks on them, others thought Manhattan would suffer a poison gas attack and we needed to leave the island.  I stayed and took a stroll around midtown and was amazed at how calm and normal everything was, right down to homeless people still begging.  At 3:00 PM they opened limited subway service and they ran like a 4 train on the N track or something and I got back to Queens.  When we got above ground at Queensboro Plaza, you could see the thick black smoke where the Towers used to be and that freaked people out. 

I got home a million times easier on 9/11 than I did the day of the east coast blackout in 2003, when I was working downtown and had to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, take a random bus heading in my general direction, and then walk another couple of miles to get home. 



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One the phone at work. Got bored in the conversation and went online. It was a bit slow, which was not unusual, but eventually a local newspaper website came up saying a plane had hit the Twin Towers.

That was about it, there was not much more than that. I assumed it was a light aircraft.



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Unemployed and sleeping. My mother woke me up because my best friend called. He said "TURN ON THE NEWS! WW3 is starting!"

I spent the next few days recording random news off TV. My favorite moment was when Chuck Norris plugged Fox News during his commentary on the attack.

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On a bus to the Port Authority to get to school in Long Island City. But, I was going to make a pit stop down at West 4th Street first to meet a classmate for breakfast. Not Ground Zero, but close enough to be glad I got off 1 stop later and walked home.



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