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And they just keep on coming...
Published on November 10, 2006 By Ravenblack In Life Journals
What happened the other day was a child riding on the escalator in town had a terrible accident. Apparently, while riding on the escalator, the kid's rubber shoe had somehow gotten caught at the side and the escalator had dragged her shoe along with her big toe right into its machinery, ripped it right off.

It was on the news. They showed the poor kid, face wet from crying probably, her leg in a cast, bloody end where the big toe would have been. Doctors had done her a graft, since she has to have a big toe. You need your big toe mainly as a pivot for balancing while walking.

They never said it but there was some hint that the kid was probably not being watched carefully. Her parents said they took their eyes off for a minute and then when they heard her scream, they turned saw her feet being eaten by the machine. The father said he still couldn't get that horrible image out of his head.

It's a nightmare.

When I was a child, I was very fearful of those mecha monster escalators in a mall. All those metal teeth coming out flat at first, then turning into steps with all their teeth showing and then coming down like jaws, and then sliding off back into the machine at the end.

And they just keep on coming.

I was very careful to keep my feet within the yellow markings that mark the edge of the metal steps.

It didn't help calm my fears that father was constantly telling horror stories of how shoe laces can get caught and get dragged in. "The teeth will chomp up your legs." Father was into scare tactics for discipline. I made sure my shoe laces were falling within the "yellow box".

When I would see other kids running up and down escalators, dashing against the flow of those teeth, I would be horrified at their daring stunts. Today, I still get that hair raising feeling when I see kids do that.

Sometimes, you have old escalators that rattle as they move along. I will just take the lift or the stairs. Didn't you hear the one about a step collapsing in and taking a victim with it? Talk about blending.


Next time, dear readers, when you're in the mall, shop safe and watch out for those monsters.

Comments
on Nov 10, 2006
They never said it but there was some hint that the kid was probably not being watched carefully.


If it was not said, what was the hint?

How old was this child?

Were there more than one child?

I know the parents said they took their eyes off their child for a minute, but think about it. It must have been an awful long escalator for people to be on it a minute. My guess it was a few seconds.

Without knowing all the circumstances, I don't think its fair to imply these parents were somehow negligent. We all would love to never take our eyes off our kids, but thats just not feasible.

I don't hear of very many accidents on escalators, so I figure they are pretty safe.

Sounds like this is an accident, and little more.

Still a very painful accident, and one that will always be remembered - with every step.

Poor kid
on Nov 10, 2006
Father was into scare tactics for discipline.


Scar them into good behaviour!   
I have also instilled a good fear of escalators upon my child. She holds my hand and stands by my side at all times. That's one less thing I have to worry about.

Her parents said they took their eyes off for a minute and then when they heard her scream


It really only does take seconds, but what a horror for all of them.
on Nov 10, 2006
Father was into scare tactics for discipline.


If I get around to have kids, I'll just scare the hell out of them until they're one fear away from agoraphobia...then I can have peace of mind when they're teenagers.

~Zoo
on Nov 10, 2006
Geech, the poor kid! I can't tell you how much I don't like escalators too. When my children are around it they know they have to stand at attention with eyes focus down so they can know when to hop off and absolutely no playing or running on it! They are monsters alright. When I was pregnant with my first child I had a morbid fear of them. I couldn't take them up or down and living in NY at the time I had to get to the train via an escalator. Needless to say I changed my stop! I didn't mind walking the extra distance.
on Nov 10, 2006
One of my brothers does elevator/escaltor installations and repairs. He has got some great/gross stories about escalators taking appendages. It does happen and not necessarily to children either.
on Nov 10, 2006
Xythe:

>>If it was not said, what was the hint?
What was the hint? Have you seen children playing on escalators? It's quite common around here.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/239716/1/.html

How old was this child?

She is 3.

Were there more than one child?

Not that one knows of.

Without knowing all the circumstances, I don't think its fair to imply these parents were somehow negligent. We all would love to never take our eyes off our kids, but thats just not feasible.


A fair point, Xythe. I'm not accusing those parents of being negligent since there is no evidence in the news I saw nor did I witness this particular incident myself. Negligence is a much bigger word to cover something more than taking eyes off for a while. Children are very active creatures, and accidents can happen when eyes are taken off even for a second. I'm sure you will agree with that.

However, one has observed too many times small children alone and playing on the escalators. So one cannot rule out the possibility, this can be the case here.

I don't hear of very many accidents on escalators, so I figure they are pretty safe.


Just because one never seen accidents happening doesn't mean they are safe. I've never seen a drunk man drive, but I cannot assume that a drunk man is safe driving a car in his drunken state.
on Nov 10, 2006
Nicky: It's one of those things that just shouldn't happen. I'm really sad that kid had to be scarred like that.

Zoo: The opposite effect might happen though when they realise the world is not as dangerous as you claim though.

Serernity: Yeah. Our subways have rather fast moving escalators, they can be rather dangerous especially for a pregnant woman.

Dynamaso: urgh... spare me. *crinch*
on Nov 11, 2006
The opposite effect might happen though when they realise the world is not as dangerous as you claim though.


True, but I'm clever...so I'll figure something out.

If I have kids, they're going to be so messed up...but in a good way.

~Zoo
on Nov 15, 2006
Brodie: Listen, not a year goes by, not a year, that I don't hear about some escalator accident involving some bastard kid which could have easily been avoided had some parent--I don't care which one--but some parent conditioned him to fear and respect that escalator!


Sorry, couldn't help but add a Mallrats quote...

Seriously, though, it is a sad occurance that happens far too often, if it happens even just once. I remember being terrified of the metal teeth on an escalator as a kid. So scared that I would have to have one of my parents help me over the end of the escalator or I would continue to back pedal.
on Nov 15, 2006
I used to wonder if they could hide those teeth, but there isn't a escalator in the world that isn't constructed like that.I suppose without them, the gap would be wider and the steps would be more slippery.
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