People who have to ride escalators are rightly freaking out in the wake of the recent fatality.
A short video released last Sunday of a mother’s fall into a hole atop an escalator — moments after she saved her son — has been pulling at viewers’ heartstrings.
The tragedy captured on security cameras was one of three high-profile incidents that happened on Chinese escalators and elevators over the last week. Businesses’ overall lack of any sort of safety mentality, appropriate training for staffers, and failure to comply with regulations are making people distrustful of public security.
People think now that they had to rely on their own wits to guarantee their safety. These are some of the results of a national brainstorming ways, fitting the Chinese pattern of reacting to tragedies with laughter instead of tears:
1. The “I’m afraid of you, but I can go around you” way:
2. “Every single step is a life-threatening pitfall,” says this man:
3. The “bring a tool/stick/umbrella with you”:
4. This guide for riding an escalator is circulating on Weibo. A commenter says, “Trained to do standing long jump for so many years and it’s finally in use, now I understand the school gym teacher’s deep love.”
5. Some users, like “Pear Puree” here, counting in the chance of death.“Such an era of ‘coming into the world by planning and die at random’!” they wrote, referring to China’s family planing policies.
6. But then things got weird. Here’s one girl attempting to answer the question: “Does it mean I’m safe as long as I don’t touch the ground?!”
7. Same idea, but be careful, OK? Read the blue board on your left that clearly says “Watch Out for Head” in Chinese.
8. This is a bad idea. Better stand not behind someone.
9. Even the handrails are dangerous. One Weibo user says, “Actually, the handrails run into problems sometimes too… There’s one in a shopping mall near my place that moves backwards every dozen seconds; kids with weak balance will fall down.”
So remember: Always treat the escalator with the respect that it deserves.