Quite the adventure this morning on what I thought would be an easy excursion. Three of us went in at 8am, no problems. Straight to the roof where I shot this and some other selfies. A few looks on the way down as one friend had to leave. We helped her out where her foot went through a plastic recycling bin she tried to land and she fell to the ground. More embarrassed than anything else, she said she was fine and we said goodbye.
As we were about to go back deeper into the building, we heard someone approaching very quickly from inside. We froze and a youngish homeless guy came up on us but stopped and smiled when he saw it was two harmless white girls (I think). I said we were taking pics and he had raised his open hands then just took off back from where he came. We were a bit unsure whether to go back in but I said I thought he was just looking out for his stuff and we'll just go down the hallway the other direction. We went back up a floor or two, me scoping out places to pose, but then down one hallway we heard a lot of noise from behind and we walked in on someone's obvious 'nest', so we decided better not push our luck, and go to leave.
As we approach the only way in or out, I hear someone at the window and freeze, telling my friend Kathy to freeze as well and we duck out of sight behind a wall. A woman from the neighborhood was standing at the window with a cop (we believe) going on and on about how "they keep opening up these windows and look! they got a ladder up in there and you all say it is closed up but then it isn't" and on and on and on she went. 10 minutes. Meanwhile our homeless friend had come to check out the noise again and I motioned to him to stop and to 'shh' and mouthed the word 'cop'. So there we crouched in the shadows while we listened to this woman rant on. They moved away but you could still hear her for quite some time. Finally our friend went to the window and looked out and after telling us the coast was clear, he jumped out and left. We scurried out of there and back to our cars, grateful that it was a scare and nothing more. A few scares, I guess. :)