Secret codes you are not meant to know


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Phenom II

Secret Codes You Aren’t Meant To Know

The use of codes is intended to convey essential information quickly and with a minimum of misunderstanding to staff. Some places use secret codes to pass information between store employees. These are meant to be a secret as they don't want to alarm the non-staff members or alert someone like a thief to the fact that they have been noticed.

Name Codes

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Code Oscar: On a ship, a code oscar means someone has gone overboard. If the ship has to maneuver erratically to handle the situation, it must also send out blasts on the signal so that other ships nearby are aware of the fact that it is about to change its course. It should be noted that ships don't have an internationally standardized set of PA signals and they can differ from place to place, but this is a fairly commonly used one.

Code delta: can mean that there is a biological hazard – though who knows what that might be on a passenger ship.

Code Alpha: often means "medical emergency".

Code Adam: was invented by Walmart but it is now an internationally recognized alert. It means "missing child". The code was first coined in 1994 in memory of Adam Walsh, a six-year old, who went missing in a Sears department store in Florida in 1981. Adam was later found murdered. The person making the announcement will state "we have a code Adam," followed by a description of the missing child. As soon as the alert is heard, security staff will begin to monitor the doors and other exits. If the child is not found within 10 minutes, the police are alerted and a store search begins. Also, if the child is found in the first 10 minutes in the company of an unknown adult, the police must be called and the person detained if it is safe to do so.

Computer Support Codes

Computer Support Codes

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In computer support, a variety of codes can be used when referring to a customer

PEBKAC: Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair

PICNIC: Problem in chair – not in computer

ID 10 T Error: ID 10 T is, of course, IDIOT

"Doctor" Codes

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"Doctor" codes are often used in hospital settings for announcements over a general loudspeaker or paging system that might cause panic or endanger a patient's privacy. Most often, "Doctor" codes take the form of "Paging Dr. _____", where the doctor's "name" is a codeword for a dangerous situation or a patient in crisis.

Doctor Brown: is a code word often used in hospitals to alert security staff to a threat to personnel. If a nurse or doctor is in danger from a violent patient or non-staff member, they can page Doctor Brown to their location and the security staff will rush to their aid. In some hospitals

Dr. Allcome: Serious emergency. "Doctor Allcome to Ward 5." would indicate that all medical staff not presently occupied are needed. (The Med, Memphis Tennessee)

Dr. Firestone: Fire in the hospital. If a fire's location can be isolated, the location of the fire is included in the page, e.g. "Paging Dr. Firestone to 3 West" indicates "Fire in or near west stairwell/wing on third floor" (William Beaumont Hospitals, Royal Oak and Troy, MI).

Dr. Pyro: Fire in the hospital/healthcare facility. "Paging Dr. Pyro on ____" indicates a fire and its origin or current location, e.g. "Paging Dr. Pyro on 3″ means "Fire on third floor" (Kaiser Permanente, system-wide).

Dr. Strong: Patient needing either physical assistance or physical restraint. "Paging Dr. Strong …" indicates that any physically capable personnel (orderlies, police or security officers, EMTs or firemen, etc.) in the proximity should report and be prepared either to move a patient who "fell down" and cannot get back up or to "capture and restrain" an uncooperative patient.

"Colour" Codes

"Colour" Codes

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Code Black:

- In Australia code black is a personal threat. This incorporates a diverse range of situations including assaults, confrontations, hostage situations and threats of personal injury or attack

- Bomb Threat (Ontario, Manitoba)

- In the military code black is bomb threat or discovery of suspicious package.

Code Gray/Grey

- A combative person with no weapon under HASC suggestions.

- Severe Weather (Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX)

Code Green

-A combative person using physical force, especially weapons. (some American hospitals)

-Used to indicate an evacuation situation, and can refer to the evacuation of a ward/floor/wing or the entire hospital (Code Green – Stat) depending on the call (Ontario Hospital Emergency Codes, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)

Code Pink

- Biohazardous contamination of a patient or staff. (Heartland Regional Medical Center)

- Patient is under influence of illegal substances (UK First Aid organisations)

Code Purple

- Australian Standard for Bomb or Substance alert

- Hostage situation or patient abduction (Ontario Hospital Association)

- Emergency department can no longer accept patients; divert incoming cases to other hospitals if at all possible (Canada, also Wellstar Health Group)

Code Silver

- Combative person with a Lethal Weapon (HASC recommendations).

- Violent Situation – Lockdown (Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX)

Code Yellow

- Missing patient (Ontario Hospital Emergency Codes).

Code Orange

- Used in Ontario hospitals to indicate an external disaster with mass casualties. Lockdown or controlled facility access is often used as part of the response. Volunteers, Families and Students were denied access during SARS Outbreak of 2003.

Code Brown

- Missing Adult (University of Toledo Medical Center) (University of Cincinnati Medical Center)

http://www.uphaa.com...p/secrect-code/

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Colin-uk

guess theyre not that secret anymore :p

theres a local hardware store here that always announces code 100 over the speaker system. i still dont know what it means.

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Phenom II

guess theyre not that secret anymore :p

theres a local hardware store here that always announces code 100 over the speaker system. i still dont know what it means.

haha Probably an internal code

Try doing different things in the store to attract the announcers attention and see which codes they shout out for the actions you are doing lol

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The Angry Bunny

I worked for a grocery store that used codes like this to try to scare shoplifters...

Security X Code Y

Where X = management (1 is head manager, 2 is co-manager)

and Y = Phone Line

so Security 1 Code 3 meant "Manager phone call line 3"

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+jamesyfx

The only code I know is Code 10 Authorisation (i.e. 'I think this guy is trying to commit fraud. Help!'), but that's commonly known.

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+BudMan

Under you computer section you forgot "Layer 8 error" Used more in networking, but means the same as your other ones ;)

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spenser.d

Me and 4 friends walked into a Walgreens once and they called a Code (some random color, don't remember which) and all of a sudden there were a bunch of employees "doing menial chores" in a bunch of the isles... :laugh:

I don't think any of these codes are really secret, per se, its just that nobody ever asks what they mean.

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Phenom II

Under you computer section you forgot "Layer 8 error" Used more in networking, but means the same as your other ones ;)

lol Not my codes! but Layer 8 error ?

I get it means it is the user at fault but cant see the connection? Maybe I am layer 8 for not getting it lol

Just Wiki'd it LOL

Top layer is layer 7 - user is Layer 8, lol

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+Xinok

Me and 4 friends walked into a Walgreens once and they called a Code (some random color, don't remember which) and all of a sudden there were a bunch of employees "doing menial chores" in a bunch of the isles... :laugh:

I don't think any of these codes are really secret, per se, its just that nobody ever asks what they mean.

I worked at Walgreens a few years ago, and everyday at 2pm, the register would say "Code 20". I had to ask what this meant, and it means to clean up the store, putting items, where they belong, etc. But we never did. :D As far as we were concerned, it was more important to stay at the register and, you know, not make customers wait...

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Growled

My cousin is a RN and she says a code brown is when someone has messed up their Depends. :D

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Phenom II

I assume it will be the same for all the machines, but I watched a repair man entering a code on a Coke Machine (The real coke vending machines, not the rip off ones)

There are 4 Buttons for the different drinks, if we say top one is button 1 and so on down to button 4 - the code was

4-2-3-1

Then the other buttons controlled the menus on the LCD

This gave access to all the info about the machine, how many cans had been bought, from which racks, coins in the machine I think... etc etc

Im sure with some time to play, I could have made the machine give me something for nothing, but it looks quite suspicious standing for ages pressing different buttons

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random_n

They've removed the "test vend" function from the newer Coke machines. Since the Internet, secrets don't exist any more.

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Phenom II

They've removed the "test vend" function from the newer Coke machines. Since the Internet, secrets don't exist any more.

Been ages since I tried it - but there are still plenty of older machines still around

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Hum

Someone forgot code Blue: a patient that has stopped breathing. :huh:

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