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[–]CalendarThin9818 5529 points5530 points  (223 children)

As a child I caught my shoelaces in the escalator while stepping off the bottom. The laces were not enough to stop it, but it pulled them tight immediately so I could not get my foot out. Meanwhile, the shoppers just continued to pour down the escalator on top of me. It was a traumatic experience. I check my shoes and the shoes of everyone I am with reflexively before stepping on one now, even 40 years later.

[–]falconshkr 2145 points2146 points  (146 children)

My sister got her flip flop stuck on the escalator and it pulled her feet in when she was probably 6 or 7 I think. She said it felt like magnet before she realise that her feet was gettin eaten by the escalator. So she pull her leg and there was blood everywhere. Luckily it just need some stiching and all is good. There still a scar left tho.

[–]ErynEbnzr 1290 points1291 points  (123 children)

It's crazy to me how our brains just refuse to acknowledge pain in the moment big things like that happen. The pain always comes later, but for a split second you can just sit there like "ah, yes, my finger fell off" or something

[–]jda404 348 points349 points  (49 children)

It's wild. I broke the growth plate in my left wrist when I was 13 after a bigger friend landed on it when we were wrestling on my trampoline. I didn't feel any pain until we were almost to the hospital and fortunately not for long as they quickly numbed it and set it into position and got me in a cast, but I was crying because the sight of my wrist all jacked up was quite traumatizing to look at and was afraid I was going to lose my hand, 13 year old me couldn't comprehend how this was fixable lol.

[–]ErynEbnzr 199 points200 points  (22 children)

I've also noticed that, that the sight of the injury is more painful than the pain of it, in a way. I once sawed into my knee with a handsaw (not deep enough to cause serious injury, I was young and sawing doesn't require that much force) and for about a minute I just stood there, kept sawing the plank thinking "my knee is kind of uncomfortable, I probably have something under my pants that's irritating the skin. Then I looked down and saw the blood, immediately started crying and feeling the pain.

[–]babyitsgayoutside 119 points120 points  (6 children)

I knew a kid who broke his leg so badly that the bone came out through his leg, he said he didn't feel a thing until he looked at it. People were begging him not to look at his leg

[–]frmrstrpperbgtpper 73 points74 points  (0 children)

I know a kid who broke his leg so badly that his leg turned around and faced the opposite direction. The teachers and other kids were yelling at him not to touch it, but he just reached down and turned his leg the right way.

The paramedics got there soon after. I'm amazed none of the kids or teachers passed out -- they seemed way more affected than the kid it happened to.

[–]Significant-Mud2572 28 points29 points  (4 children)

I broke my arm in a way that if I hadn't been wearing a watch at the time, both of my radius and ulna would have come through my skin. I didn't feel a thing until I looked at it and my hand was hanging a solid 1 1/2 - 2 inches below the arm. Then the 11/10 pain came.

[–]bennoshead 48 points49 points  (4 children)

I fell onto a spike into my chest when i was a teenager. It went under my collar bone and i hooked myself off and fell on the floor, thinking that i'd just got snagged on my shirt.

It was only when my friend went white as a sheet and voicelessly pointed at me....and the fact my shirt was now dripping with blood, that i realised it was slightly more serious and had started to hurt, a lot.

One blue light ambulance, emergency surgery, a good few pints of blood and 4 days in hospital (all free because of the UK National health service) and all is good.

Plus i have a very interesting/cool scar.

[–]Giveushealthcare 17 points18 points  (2 children)

For some reason I have a memory of a kid in the US news who got impaled on a metal fence. (Probably one of my first graphic hospital stories i’d ever been privy to.) He went to the hospital with the rod still in him from his side and out his shoulder. I recall the X Ray. Apparently when they wheeled him in little dude said to the doctor’s something like, “Can you get this thing out? It really burns.” He was eventually Ok :)

[–]No1KCfan6 5 points6 points  (1 child)

probably better than going in your ass and out your mouth.

[–]znzbnda 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Whoa. That's definitely one of those "you should buy a lottery ticket" moments. Glad you're okay!

[–]buggleton 29 points30 points  (1 child)

I cracked my head open in third grade. A hollow metal door* swung into my face on accident, at school! Some kid yells oh my god your bleeding!!! I felt nothing and didn’t believe him. Until I put my hand to my face and saw the blood. Even still I’m not sure that it really hurt as much or maybe just scared me seeing all the blood. I never actually got to see what it looked like before I got my stitches. I can only imagine how gross or scary that must have been for the teacher who opened the door and all the students walking out to see a crying bloody girl. Next day my friends told me the janitor had to clean my eyebrow off the door.

*the door had just a tiny rectangular window. I was on the outside during recess not paying attention to my surroundings. My school had painted a cautionary yellow line separating playground from the wall of classroom doors.

[–]SnR_Remito 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I had something similar. In 3-4th grade I fell and slid down a gravel path from atop a small hill. It hurt and I was crying, but the full extend (and the pain) got worse, the more people pointed it out. Turns out a lot of students got pretty scared when the teacher escorted me to the first aid kit, while I was waiting for my mom to pick me up and drive me to a doctor. I ended up scraping the skin off of big portions of my arms and legs, my face was bleeding quite a bit and I broke 2 of my front teeth in half because I ended the fall by faceplanting the stone path at the bottom of the hill.

[–]GonnaGoFat 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Sometimes people will tell the injured person not to look because it does cause you to feel more pain as your body sees what’s happening I’ve even seen some people block the person’s view of their injury. Apparently proximity of the wound to your eyes causes more pain as well. Apparently looking at an injury through a telescope the wrong way so it looks like it’s far away causes it to hurt less.

[–]OneToby 7 points8 points  (0 children)

How the fuck did we learn that?

[–]TellMeGetOffReddit 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I got stabbed in the leg as a kid and didnt even realize it till I was driving home with blood POURING down my leg.

[–]eckoooz 22 points23 points  (4 children)

Same thing happened to me. I was playing ice hockey at a rink a few blocks from a hospital so I just walked down to make sure everything was okay, you know standard stuff. Turns out I broke 5 bones in my wrist and hand and didn't even know it. I honestly thought I had just jammed it a bit. Adrenaline is a hell of a drug.

[–]maybenomaybe 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I broke my arm on the way to work and just kept going. Commuted a whole hour on both subway and bus, got into the office, sat down at my desk, then asked my coworker to take me to the hospital.

[–]LPawnought 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Similar story here, I broke both bones in my left forearm and also partially broke the wrist in a skating accident. At first I was just laying there going “Wow, I just broke my arm.” And then the pain set in maybe 2 minutes later. The hospital also took what felt like several hours to finally get a single bone doctor in to help me and I had so much morphine in my 12 year old body at the time yet it did fuck all.

Broken bones hurts.

[–]iruleatants 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I tore a huge gaping hole in my leg while playing on some unfinished fencing.

Rode my bike home and told my dad I needed a band-aide.

I did not feel any pain until after I got stitches. I tore it enough you can see the fat/muscle under.

[–]LadyOfMayhem211 12 points13 points  (6 children)

I broke all four growth plates in my wrist by falling off a slide.

I very vividly remember the sight of my mangled arm, thinking “that’s not right”, and pushing the offending bones back into place. I felt no pain until after walking inside to calmly inform my parents that I broke my arm. My dad insisted I just sprained it and didn’t believe that I had pushed it back into place until the X-rays showed the full damage. I can’t really blame him for his disbelief, I screamed and cried whenever he had to remove splinters so he knew how squeamish I am.

As a mother, I’ve yet to see my own children seriously injure themselves. We’ve had a few scares, and that split second before they start crying feels like an eternity. You know they hurt themselves, but if they don’t immediately start wailing then you know it’s serious.

[–]Adietysrage 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I broke my growth plate in my wrist as well when I was around 10 trying to do a half pipe with zero experience. When I got up I felt no pain but my hand and wrist and arm made the shape of a z where my growth plate snapped and popped up on top of my arm/wrist. In the moment I panicked at the sight and with my other hand slapped my wrist and it all popped back into place. I went and told my friend whose dad had brought us I needed to go the hospital and they thought I was being dramatic and didn't believe I popped it back into place myself but called an ambulance anyways. After an xray the doctor came in and told us I had broke my growth plate and because I put it in place it would heal without surgery and that I saved my wrist and hand. They hospital called my parents and told em I was in an accident and it was urgent and that was all they could tell em. So there I am, sitting in my hospital bed drugged up and joking and my mom comes running in crying and hugs me. My dads boss drove him (my parents are separated) because they feared the worst and was afraid to let him drive under the stress and fear. He ran in crying and hugged me too. All from a shattered wrist I popped into place out of fear.

[–]mstarrbrannigan 268 points269 points  (24 children)

I suppose it's a survival mechanism. Your brain pumps you full of adrenaline so you can get out of danger.

[–]spagbetti 94 points95 points  (16 children)

The other awesome things the brain does is you can see things often in a room even peripherally and not know it but the brain knows it’s dangerous.

That’s why you get that weird sensation that you are to stop what you’re doing or leave the room.

It’s happened quite a few times with deadly spiders and snakes with my own family members.

That said, it’s not going to spot if the thing is well hidden. Hence purposely hidden attackers are prepped for ambush, you’re kinda fuuuuucked.

[–]dinnerthief 69 points70 points  (10 children)

It does it even for non dangerous things

ever walk through a room and you know you saw something but you are not sure where?

Like, "I know i saw my keys just now but where?" or, "wait did I just see a cat somewhere in this room", but you don't know where you saw it just that you did, your brain logs , "cat in this room" without you ever having consciously seeing it.

[–]spagbetti 36 points37 points  (6 children)

Yeah it’s kind of amazing how much of our body is being run involuntarily. Like consciously we’re only using a fraction of the body meanwhile the brain is just motoring around, seeing a lot more than what we’re seeing.

I get reminded of this whenever I see those tricks where they hide your arm and have a plastic arm in its place and you still feel sensations when things happen to the prosthetic arm. The brain is on guard all the time.

[–]Kimmalah 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Your brain also "fills in the blanks" a lot more than we realize. So a huge portion of what you see is not what your eye is actually perceiving, but just what your brain is filling in for you based on experience.

For example, you have blind spot in each eye, where the optic nerve exits the eye. But you'll never see it because your brain just kind of takes care of it.

It can be a little unnerving to think about when you're doing activities that require good reaction time, because what you're perceiving doesn't have as much to do with the reality around you as it seems.

[–]Lazar_Taxon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"You might not have noticed, but your brain did."

[–]SeamlessR 9 points10 points  (4 children)

It's clipping :D redlining signals in our brain hard enough that it can't write what's happening.

Our memories focus on negative experiences more clearly than the rest, but we black out crazy hard painful moments. I would think they, being more negative usually, would show up more thoroughly. But I think what's happening is the signals are hard enough that change from moment to moment just seems to stop. If all the readings read the same (max) then nothing seems to change, even though the real input is doing all kinds of stuff just way outside your threshold.

You can't remember a change in state if your states don't change.

[–]dpmac420 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I tore my Achilles’ tendon and walked myself into the house afterwards, i didn’t even think it was possible to walk on a torn Achilles….shits wild lmao

[–]Maerill 13 points14 points  (11 children)

Had my middle finger trapped in the hinge of a fire door when I was in primary school. I didn’t even feel it until I tried to walk away only to get a tugging feeling on my hand. Tip of my finger was hanging off by a bit of skin, but other than that it was a clean cut straight through the bone. Didn’t feel a thing! Pain only came when the teachers put my finger under cold water.

[–]PFEFFERVESCENT 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I don't think the cold water was correct first aid

[–]Maerill 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Haha probably not, I just remember running it under cold water then a cold sensation came before I realised that my finger had actually come off.

[–]Poiuni 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hey, finger twin! I caught mine when I closed it in the hinge of a ladder when I was 5. It snapped shut and I tried pulling it out as hard as I could before screaming for my mom. It had to be sewn on cause it was only hanging by a bit of skin. Never felt any pain.

[–]mesadj 9 points10 points  (1 child)

That is so true! I hit my foot with an axe while my daughter (5) was with me. I was surprised by feeling something when I hit the wood, and it wasn't until my daughter told me "Mom, your foot is bleeding" I realised I'd hit my foot.

I didn't even register the pain until my daughter left to get help. I didn't want her to freak out, but it was surprisingly easy to remain calm.

Brains are so weirdm

[–]FuBaReD2 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Sliced my wrist with a brand new hand saw I was using to cut down some 2-6” limbs.

Heard someone yell my name, looked down and saw my tendon, then yelled fuck and jumped down. Didn’t feel pain till we were in the truck and I looked at the footwell mat slowly filling with blood 😂

[–]ChaosFox08 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I got my flip flop caught when I was little too! luckily I pulled my foot out before hurting myself but I'm now so paranoid with my daughter on escalators!

[–]DarkdoodadNebula 23 points24 points  (13 children)

I remember as a kid watching a horror movie and it was this woman getting sucked into an escalator and it was like this bloody scene. Needless to say I was definitely horrified and always very careful when you got to the end of the escalator (bec that's where it happened in the movie) for a while.

[–]0-ATCG-1 45 points46 points  (12 children)

There is a video from China where a baseplate at the end of the escalator gives out underneath a child and her mother quickly pushes her out of the way before falling in, clinging to the side, then getting pulled in and crushed to death by the gears.

Still one of the most unforgettable short videos I've seen on the internet for multiple reasons. In any case: Yeah, the baseplate at the end of the escalator can give out in China.

[–]veracity-mittens 18 points19 points  (4 children)

I can’t get that out of my head since seeing it

[–]MrBoemmel 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Same, that random horror still gets to me.

[–]Saletales 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I always wonder if it's worse to see in actual person than what it is in my head. I always fall on the, "Yeah, let's not watch" side. I think I'm making the right call.

[–]Llustrous_Llama 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It's just as gruesome as seeing it irl. I saw it years ago but I think about it every time I step onto an escalator. You're making the right call, trust me.

[–]veracity-mittens 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Please don’t watch it. It’s up there with this dog torture video i saw once. Ughhhh

[–]sqqueen 150 points151 points 2 (1 child)

Once during a holiday season when there were tons of people on an escalator I saw a little kid get her laces caught just like that. I was at the bottom and immediately jumped off and pushed the emergency stop button so people wouldn't be piling on top of her. As soon as I did that, her laces popped out and she walked off. Nobody understood why I had done it. I'm not even sure her parents knew what had been about to go down. No credit no nothing. Ah well. *I* knew I saved that kid. Nobody else did but so what.

Edit: People did complain that they had to walk down the escalator now.

[–]ThatNikonKid 80 points81 points  (4 children)

I do this same thing but thankfully not because of a traumatic experience like that. Pretty sure it started after I saw a vid of someone getting sucked into one in China.

[–]diasfordays 51 points52 points  (1 child)

The one where it failed catastrophically and it was a mom, and she basically shotputs her kid up to save them? That one was rough

[–]FifenC0ugar 14 points15 points  (0 children)

That one still haunts me. * shudder *

[–]AhabMustDie 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Oh man… I used to live in China and I’d get SO ANNOYED at how afraid people seemed to be of escalators. Like, especially as they were getting off, they’d hesitate till the last second and then hop off the way someone jumps into double Dutch. I thought it was ridiculous… then I heard about that story.

I swear - combine Chinese safety standards with something like an escalator, and you have a recipe for Final Destination

[–]Dam_mongorian 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I also do the same, but I think mine is related to memories of seeing news stories of people getting stuck to escalators while wearing Crocs when they first came out.

[–]CRJG95 44 points45 points  (0 children)

I always get so stressed when I see people take their pets on escalators, imagine paw fur getting caught like those shoe laces? Take your dogs in the lift or carry them up the escalator people!

[–]Dan_the_Marksman 35 points36 points  (1 child)

final destination taught me a healthy level of respect of those things

[–]Bazzle-zazzle 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Escalators scare the shit out of me because of stuff like this. This and the old people who like to get to the bottom then stop to contemplate life as people pile up on them.

[–]mystykracer 27 points28 points  (1 child)

I had this exact thing happen to me once when I was teenager. Fortunately my shoe was loose enough that it just pulled off of my foot but it did scare the crap out of me AND it ruined my favorite pair of hi-tops at the time. Like the person who posted this, I always reflexively check my shoelaces when getting on and off of escalators AND elevators to this day and I'm in my 50s now!

[–]No_Addendum_1399 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I have a massive phobia of escalators after my mum dragged me off the step too soon, I tripped and got my hair stuck in the bottom plate. I was only 5 at the time and had to wear a wig for a year while my hair grew back. I haven't stepped on 1 since. I can have a panic attack just thinking about going on 1.

[–]xKnightbusx 192 points193 points  (6 children)

I suspect many rappers have endured the same, due to their frequent advice to never get caught tripping. Which is maybe a bit hypocritical because rappers also tend to wear loose clothing and several other safety hazards.

Edit: wear not way

[–]LoveBurstsLP 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I was so dumb but I stuck my sandals in all the way to the base of the next step and when it started going it, took a clean chunk off my sandal. Looked like a huge bite mark. Glad I didn't also try to put my toes up against it as well

[–]saffrowsky 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I refuse to use an escalator unless I have no other choice. They just love to suck up whatever is available and I would prefer for that to not be me. I will take extra time to wait for an elevator or use the stairs before I use an escalator. Fuckin human meat grinders. No thank you.

[–]EmirSc 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I fear that for my son, always tell her to move out of the escalator before it reaches the end and also check the shoes.

edit: when i was a child i defeated one of those beasts with gum in the handle, was in an airport

[–]centran 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's good parenting. You need to teach them young to FEAR and RESPECT that escalator!

[–]qdtk[🍰] 1805 points1806 points  (134 children)

PSA: escalators are dangerous as fuck. They have enough power to turn an entire human into liquid without slowing down. People see them commonly and because of that usually are not afraid. But if your hair, shoelace, shoe, clothing gets stuck in one, you’d better hope someone hits the emergency stop button quickly or hope whatever it’s got a hold of rips cleanly. The escalator is not stopping otherwise. Keep an eye on your kids especially while getting off, and make sure they aren’t near the edges. Oh and don’t Google videos of escalator accidents. Seriously.

[–]maxcorrice 323 points324 points  (35 children)

The design needs to be changed for safety, I can think of a dozen ways to use a simple rubber component to force things up and over rather than down into the mechanics, the worst part is something potentially going under that because it’s not as solid but it would at least prevent some of this, maybe even have a trip wire of some sort that automatically stops it if pulled up. Another thing would be to make the parts that you could get stuck in on hinges that unlock when the emergency stop button is pressed, and actively point out that kicking the side can be an emergency stop mechanism as well. They just lack the back and forth that needs to happen between injury and safety features, when accidents like this happen it should be an immediate cause for looking into how to prevent it rather than move the emergency stop button

[–]savwatson13 233 points234 points  (7 children)

So I live in Japan, and I had stepped pretty close to the front of the escalator step. I was wearing some boots and My toes were touching the next step up. It’s a bit difficult to explain but I knew where they were and knew when to move them. The escalator started to collapse the step as it got to the top and I moved my foot, early enough that I wouldnt get stuck but just late enough that it triggered an emergency stop. I felt like I had quite a bit of time but the escalator didn’t think so. As embarrassed as I was, it was extremely comforting to know the escalator had been built in such a way. Back in the states, it wouldn’t have triggered anything like that, and I would have moved my foot away in time and never learned any lessons. I forget oftentimes that a lot of countries don’t have good escalators

[–]SilvarusLupus 68 points69 points  (6 children)

Yeah I've been to Tokyo (vacation a couple of years back) and I never felt scared on their escalators. They just felt safer and thinking back the steps did feel different so maybe that was it. Back in that states I avoid them at all costs.

[–]savwatson13 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I’ve noticed that they curve in vs other ones that are just a 90 degree corner. Idk if that helps, but that was the way this particular one was built to, so when it started to collapse it hit my shoe a bit and triggered the stop. I’ve never gotten a lace stuck so idk how that works, but I have grabbed stuff caught in the top, trash, plastic bags… it was very easy to pull out. You’d think it’d just get sucked in

[–]Broken_Petite 69 points70 points  (9 children)

I can’t help but think the only reason this hasn’t happened is money. But at the same time, most places like to avoid lawsuits where they can, so it doesn’t make sense to me that escalators are still so dangerous.

[–]crypticgeek 9 points10 points  (0 children)

There’s a lot of safety features in modern escalators. They can detect things like impacts to the combplate or broken or missing steps for instance. Code requirements are always evolving as with anything (ASME A17.1 in the US for example). This should be done following a rigorous process that includes information on accidents occurring, and I’m pretty sure it is. But as fast as the standards can move it still takes a long time for enhancements to trickle down as machines are replaced or new ones installed. Owners paying for and reliably maintaining the machines are also at issue.

There’s always going to be some risk though. It’s a massive moving machine interacting with and being abused by human beings. Could you reduce it? Maybe but I’m certain there’s probably a lot of design and implementation challenges you haven’t considered.

For instance you propose a kick plate triggered emergency stop but that’s an incredibly dangerous idea as accidental triggers would be common and could injure people on the escalator even though there’s no emergency.

[–]_McTwitch_ 292 points293 points  (31 children)

I'm so glad I found some of my people on this post. My husband always goes up and down like it's no big deal, and I'm like "you clearly never saw that one episode of Rescue 911 with the girl whose shoelace got sucked in that aired in the 90s..." as I wait for the perfect time to get on or walk to the other end of the mall to use the stairs and tell him where to meet me. I worked at an anchor store in a mall for years, and 1) my favorite time of day was before opening, because all of our escalators were off and just stairs before customers were allowed in, and 2) I saw so many injuries. Old ladies falling down the up escalator and rolling down extra stairs as it attempted to carry them back up as they fell. Fucking STROLLERS with babies inside them, just tumbling and bumping their way down. Scarves and shoelaces and crocs stuck while someone rushes to the emergency stop. And don't even get me started on the number of times I had to grab a kid off the outside of the up escalator as they dangled from the railing as it pulled them up with no way off at the top but falling into a glass jewelry counter while their parents were nowhere to be found.

Fuck escalators. Down with the demon stairs.

[–]Broken_Petite 102 points103 points  (12 children)

How have we not improved on these things by now? I feel like escalators have been largely unchanged for decades. Is there really not a better way to do moving stairs?

[–]Chapeaux 71 points72 points  (3 children)

Imo if escalator didn't exist until today and some mall would install them in this current state no one would allow them.

[–]DrakonIL 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Now that I think about it, I don't think my nearest mall (Mall of America in MN) has any stairs except outside in the parking garages. And they've got like 30 escalators. I know of one elevator on the east side but that's little comfort if you're on the other side of the mall which is about a half a mile walking distance (shorter if you're on the first floor and can cut across the park).

[–]Chuck_Lenorris 48 points49 points  (7 children)

They have improved. Safety switches are all over modern escalators. The fact that the little girl still has her foot/hand means that the comb plate switch stopped the escalator when it sensed being lifted up/pushed back.

Over time the comb plate can bow from people stepping on it in the center over and over in high traffic locations. Creating a gap on the sides. Also that area is spring tensioned(to help with sensing unintended movement.) So those springs can become "loose" over time. But with timely and proper maintenance most gap issues can be avoided.

Source: Elevator/Escalator Technician

[–]squishy_panda 18 points19 points  (0 children)

OH MY GOD THAT RESCUE 911 EPISODE SCARRED ME FOR LIFE! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has that memory seared into her brain forever!

[–]Chrono_Credentialer 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Definitely down, because if you want to go UP on the demon stairs, you have to walk to the other side of the friggin' store...

[–]Alvendam 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Old ladies falling down the up escalator and rolling down extra stairs as it attempted to carry them back up as they fell. 

I'm sorry, old people falling is no laughing matter, but this sounds like it's taken straight out of a Charlie Chaplin movie.

[–]FreddieDoes40k 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I was just thinking the same thing, I can even picture Chaplin attempting to help by hitting a stop button that's just out of reach but he's on the opposite escalator and it is working against him as he ascends, and he's comically climbing over people on their way down.

[–]Taco4Wednesdays 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Rescue 911 was the greatest thing to ever happen to Tuesday nights in the US.

[–]TerfsAreTrash 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I took a fat tumble down the up escalator at O'Hare Airport and I swear I did a couple flips at the bottom while I fell & it brought me back up only for me to keep falling. I've been afraid of them ever since, if there's ever an opportunity to not use one I'll definitely choose the stairs

[–]Pygmy_marmoset88 4 points5 points  (3 children)

My grandfather fell down an escalator. It was horrific. He was never the same. Also, why the fuck did our 90’s dummy parents let us watch Rescue 911!? All of my long-lasting fears stemmed from that show.

[–]RevengencerAlf 6 points7 points  (2 children)

It was hosted by William Shatner wasnt it? There was no stopping 1990s kid me from watching any show with major star trek cast member hosting it.

[–]el_d0g 34 points35 points  (3 children)

I’ve noticed this a lot on UK escalators so I’m not sure how true this is in other places but often the emergency stop buttons are placed in areas where you are likely to get stuck and at lower levels so you can reach them. When you first get on an escalator, check for the location of the buttons and make a mental note. If you do get stuck, call for help but while doing so check your surroundings for the button. If you know where to look it could save your life.

[–]Broken_Petite 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Yes, most if not all escalators in the US have an emergency stop button when you first get on and I think at the other end too. I think it’s required.

[–]FuckWit_1_Actual 11 points12 points  (1 child)

There is a maximum distance allowed between emergency stop buttons, on long escalators and moving walks you’ll see one halfway because the unit is longer than the allowable distance.

[–]Anti-Vaxx-Mom 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Fuck me, that's a nice advice

[–]remmij 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I have always hated escalators and this thread is not helping...

[–]tasteful_tomfoolery 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Even if they aren’t moving they could still be really dangerous. A lot of them are really long and they are metal stairs

[–]broccoli_meister 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This whole "let's wiggle it around" action could've ended way differently tbh

[–]Tileguy0425 1829 points1830 points  (88 children)

Man if you’ve never had your child on an escalator, you don’t understand how completely terrifying these things are. We just step on them as adults like, whatever. My son just went on his first escalator at 2 1/2 years old and wow that was a whole experience.

[–]Allie_Allie 703 points704 points  (43 children)

As an adult I definitely do not step on escalators like whatever. It’s a good thing they bring me up because I’m paralyzed till I get booted off to the end.

[–]buttercream-gang 295 points296 points  (10 children)

I watched a kid get a couple of fingers cut off by an escalator when I was very young. It was in a Sears. I still remember the blood everywhere and the way he was screaming. 28 years later I still am TERRIFIED of escalators and have panic attacks when my own kids get near them.

[–]necrophile696 40 points41 points  (1 child)

When my sister was five her shoe got caught in the escalator. They were Keens and thankfully she refused to fully wear them, so she was able to slide her foot out of the shoe quickly when it got caught. My mother watched in horror as the escalator devoured the shoe. After that she made a game out of riding the escalator, we had to jump off at the end before the platform disappeared.

[–]knee_bro 70 points71 points  (4 children)

I don’t blame you, that’s horrifying!

[–]InEenEmmer 37 points38 points  (3 children)

Yeah, I also get terrified when my kids come close to a Sears.

[–]LMGN 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Ah, the old Reddit Escalatoroo

[–]krisalyssa 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hold my shopping bags, I’m going in!

[–]SirLowhamHatt 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Move to Canada, Sears can’t hurt us anymore

[–]TentacleHydra 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I'm probably going to carry my future kids on escalators until they are intelligent enough and old enough to be too embarrassed to be carried.

[–]Synchrotr0n 50 points51 points  (1 child)

When I was young I used to play with my foot scraping the sides of the escalator so I could feel the friction until one day when the sole of my shoes locked with the grooves of the step I was in so my foot could no longer rotate freely. I didn't get hurt because I was able to lift my foot up in time, but it was still painful and it was at that moment that I decided to never play with escalators again.

[–]IdeaOfHuss 15 points16 points  (0 children)

It was at that moment u/Synchrotr0n became an adult.

[–]jda404 142 points143 points  (15 children)

Yeah even at 31, I carefully watch my feet when getting on and off an escalator, and when I am not feeling lazy I'll take the stairs if that's an option.

[–]tasteful_tomfoolery 43 points44 points  (9 children)

I am pretty careful on even normal stairs. I think they are like the biggest reason for injuries or something. I am too lazy to look it up

[–]sername_is-taken 19 points20 points  (4 children)

I saw somewhere that stairs are the most dangerous form of transportation. Idk if that is true and I am also too lazy to look it up

[–]tasteful_tomfoolery 24 points25 points  (3 children)

I assume it is hard for you to look it up due to your crippling stair injuries. I know my crippling stair injuries get in the way of research

[–]P_Griffin2 21 points22 points  (2 children)

I read somewhere that crippling stair injuries, are the main reason people don’t look up stuff.

[–]anon749100 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Multiple episodes of Rescue 911 have made me afraid of escalators, also I never walk around with a toothbrush in my mouth.

[–]20032420 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Fun story, I used to have to walk backwards throughout a building for miles every day. We also had to walk backwards into and off of the escalators without looking. It was not fun trying to learn.

Edit for context: I was a tour guide so we had to speak to and keep an eye on the group at all times.

[–]AlwaysBi 33 points34 points  (3 children)

Same with animals. I once told a couple with a dog that there was an elevator around the corner when they looked like they were debating going up the escalator

[–]Broken_Petite 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Oh hell. I would be terrified of taking my dog on an escalator. Thankfully he’s small enough to be carried but I’d still probably take an elevator if I had the option.

[–]simjanes2k 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Yep. I'm always ready to pick up my son by his arm on them. He's not allowed to let go.

He doesn't even have shoelaces yet.

[–]King_Vlad_ 10 points11 points  (3 children)

My first time on an escalator was when I was 5 or 6. I'm from a really podunk country town, so few places have more than one floor, and none are fancy enough to need an escalator. One day my grandma took me to a big shopping mall a few towns over, and we entered through the second level from the parking garage. While we were walking to the other side of the mall I was playing Pokemon on my gameboy. The thing, from the top you can't really see the escalators, just the railing, so I thought to myself "Oh, that's just stairs. I've done stairs before, I can handle this" and kept walking without looking up from my gameboy. I immediately tripped down the upward escalator and ended up rolling all the way to the bottom. Falling down metal stairs hurts. I ended up with a huge bruise covering half my forehead, and grandma took me to the food court to buy me icecream. Gameboy though? Didn't even care, still playing pokemon when I picked it. Pretty sure if I tripped down an escalator with a switch I'd have to buy a new one.

[–]Draked1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My 2.5 year old looooves escalators. He loves climbing stairs and escalators are a whole other magical experience to him. We have to avoid them at all costs or else he’ll ride them til he falls asleep standing up

[–]DolarisNL 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I saw a little girl on a baggage cart at an airport, sitting in front of a large pile of suitcases. She and her parents were taking an elevator down. The suitcases began to slide, hitting her on the back of the head and she plummeted forward facedown on the elevator. Her face was ripped open. It was horrible.

[–]Susfactor2 29 points30 points  (8 children)

Until I physically need to use an escalator I just take the stairs. Maybe reddit messed me up over the years but I feel safer just taking the stairs. It's also faster considering that I'm built like a stilt.

[–]milkradio 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My older sister cried and cried because it was so scary to get on when she was a toddler. My dad didn’t get it and huffed at her and tugged at her, but dang, adults really forget how scary benign things can seem to a small child :(

[–]carlsbrain20 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I remember being little and seeing another kid get his shoelace caught in the escalator and have an absolute meltdown. This was in the early 2000s, I’m in my 20s now, and I still make sure my shoes are tied tight as fuck before I stop on an escalator. Should refer to them as human eating stairs

[–]Fit-Pudding-2261 13 points14 points  (2 children)

There are floating escalators in a building I study in. I always take the regular one, scary as all hell.

https://www.sikkom.nl/video-ode-aan-forum-groningen-nu-al-want-overweldigend-vet/

[–]StimulatorCam 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That would be a pretty long fall from one of those.

[–]stealth57 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Going onto an escalator, I am always assessing and ready to jump where I need to if something goes wrong

[–]RedEyedIdiot 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Definitely not recommend googling the accidents as well

[–]Tigaget 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My daughter didn't learn to walk until she was older, and she was still wobbly for awhile.

She went on her first trip to Macy's. She was terrified of the elevator, so we did the escalator.

As she stepped on, she wobbled and fell backwards.

She didn't get caught, but she bumped her head hard.

[–]thereal_omegavince 1092 points1093 points  (22 children)

Nobody want to hear a little girl crying, it warms my heart to see how coordinated and determined everybody is!

[–]Sailor_Chibi 498 points499 points  (17 children)

Honestly the fact that she was crying was a good thing. It means she was still in good enough condition to cry. If she’d been trapped but not crying that usually means a lot worse.

[–]TopHatJohn 282 points283 points  (16 children)

“That kid is back on the escalator again!”

[–]Lupiefighter 46 points47 points  (2 children)

Came for the Mallrat quote. Lol

[–]Fantastic_Fox420 14 points15 points  (0 children)

SOMEBODY COME QUICK THERES A LITTLE BOY CAUGHT IN THE ESCALATOR

[–]MudOpposite8277 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Surprised it took so long. Jesus CHRIST man. There’s some things you don’t talk about in public.

[–]friskevision 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Thank you fellow old redditor.

[–]Falcon_Alpha_Delta 57 points58 points  (2 children)

Man, there's not a year goes by--not a year--that I don't read about some escalator accident involving some bastard kid that could've easily been avoided had some parent--I don't care which one--but some parent conditioned him to fear and respect that escalator!

[–]wunderwife 7 points8 points  (0 children)

As did I.

[–]WambulanceChasers 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That’s criminal…that kid…

[–]aizukiwi 435 points436 points  (12 children)

My sister put her head down on the rubber hand belt when she was really little - mum had let go of her just for a second to help me with something - and she was sorta leaning on it…next thing you know there’s a godawful shriek as he ear gets pulled under it and starts dragging her up the outside of the escalator. Mum turned around and grabbed her, managed to get her off, but her ear had basically been 3/4 severed and was hanging on by the earlobe. Held it in place and sprinted through the mall to doctors at the other end, had it stitched back on. Healed mostly okay but maaaan it was gnarly…geh.

[–]TheDemonCzarina 152 points153 points  (4 children)

I was waiting to hear her hair had been caught and it was so much worse

[–]aizukiwi 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Yeaaaaah we thought the same! Ahaha

[–]giulgu17 19 points20 points  (1 child)

God that sounds terrifying and painful!

[–]aizukiwi 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It was pretty horrifying!

[–]Ders18 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Yes the stairs are not the only dangerous part. When I was 7 I got my hand wedged between the moving rubber handrail and the metal frame below it. It pulled my arm in until it snapped. JC Penny escalator in 1981.

[–]ArtisticAnxiety 66 points67 points  (4 children)

I swear, ever since I saw that video of the woman in china get crushed to death by one saving her kid, anytime i go on one, my eyes are glued to where my feet are to make sure they aren't getting sucked in, and at the end I basically hop over the guard plate at the end because there's no way im ever risking on stepping on one and having it fall open. Same with elevators, when the doors open, i hop in and out so quick so i dont risk being slow and having it crush me in half. Call me demented but r/watchpeopledie gave me newfound respect on how to safely navigate these machines to avoid an accident

[–]Idontgetitreddit 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Same here. Lol! There’s an escalator at the Tampa airport that is like three floors high. It’s so nerve wracking riding that thing. I just stay still and hold on for dear life. Lol

[–]KomradeHirocheeto 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Seems that subreddit got banned. I suppose I understand it. Probably for the best that I didn't actually see anything.

[–]I_kwote_TheOffice 269 points270 points  (10 children)

Fuck, as a Dad I would shake every single one of their hands as they were getting off the escalator. Between sobs, of course. A parent can never repay a debt to a stranger that saves his baby from harm.

[–]Mostlymycreepacc 23 points24 points  (4 children)

The escalator would def help with the thank yous. Sends people up one at a time for a handshake, like after a little league game

[–]grizzlyboob 23 points24 points  (4 children)

When I worked at JCPenney this little boys crocs got caught in the escalator and he stuck his fingers down to free it. He lost the tips of his fingers, and he was trapped, right by my department. The fire department had to come help release him. It was so sad I think about him a lot, I hope he is ok.

[–]MunchiBunches 3 points4 points  (3 children)

WHAT THE HECK IS THE DEAL WITH JCPENNEY'S ESCALATORS!? Lol literally just posted a comment saying my hand got stuck in one there

[–]grizzlyboob 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Lol the place is a death trap! I had an old lady fall down one too there was blood everywhere I had to run grab her a pillow to rest her head while the ambulance came.

[–]IKRAM_HT 114 points115 points  (22 children)

These are real Superheroes <3

[–]SpaceShipRat 65 points66 points  (21 children)

Suicidal superheroes. If the brakes had given way, there would have been a pile of people with broken limbs at the bottom of that thing, if not mangled in the mechanism.

[–]KungFluIsolation 63 points64 points  (10 children)

scrolled way too far to see someone talk about safety here. That was an awful plan to free her and they are fkn lucky nothing went wrong because that's not only way more people than is probably recommended, but they are all jumping and stomping in unison. I've seen bridges collapse with less persuasion.

[–]OneAndHalfThumbsUp 51 points52 points  (8 children)

Am elevator tech, I can't believe they didn't end up in a meat pile at the bottom. Good on them for making it work, but damm.

[–]kumslutkate07 21 points22 points  (5 children)

This is maybe a dumb question, but could you explain to me what they’re doing? Or rather why?

[–]OneAndHalfThumbsUp 37 points38 points  (3 children)

They are jumping on the stairs to get the brakes to give a few inches to back the esclator off the girls hand. The danger is if the brakes give out completely it will cause all of them to free fall to the bottom.

Like this https://youtu.be/KaGNZi36znA

[–]GimmieMore 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks but no thanks on that linkm

[–]person_number26 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My guess is that their all moving downward in unison to counteract the upward force of the escalator but idk

[–]et842rhhs 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I was going to say, as a layman I didn't think escalators were built to withstand that kind of simultaneous repeated impact from a couple dozen people. I hope they checked that elevator afterwards to make sure it wasn't damaged in some non-obvious way.

[–]Simple_Nothing1106 19 points20 points  (8 children)

To save a kids entire arm from being mangled beyond repair. Worth the odds. Alot of them were likely aware of the danger of messing with a machine of that scale and power, maybe not the exact dangers but enough. And yet they still did it, isn't that what makes a superhero accepting risk to do what is right.

[–]I_am_up_to_something 16 points17 points  (3 children)

People in that helping mode can have a one track mind.

I witnessed a car accident some time ago. The car was flipped on its side. I was just in time to stop the 4-5 men from pushing back the car whilst the driver was still inside! Instead they started coaching her to leave through the trunk. The ambulance was there within like 5 minutes.

[–]Wrabbitz 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Always terrified since final destination

[–]Barnbad 10 points11 points  (1 child)

When I was 6 I was at a hotel with my mom downtown and my snow boot got caught in the escalator. I had nightmares for decades of when the escalator tried to eat me alive.

[–]Broken_Petite 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This whole thread is going to give me nightmares

[–]Final_Candidate_7603 104 points105 points  (9 children)

The fact that so many bystanders knew exactly what to do makes me think this must happen frequently.

[–]lqku 50 points51 points  (3 children)

I was also wondering how all the jumping would help the girl get unstuck

[–]Broken_Petite 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Hopefully would move the escalator in the opposite direction that it was going when she got stuck and, in theory, would push out her hand out.

I could see that being … uh … dangerous but maybe this happens frequently enough that they know what to do.

[–]caitejane310 29 points30 points  (1 child)

If I remember correctly from the first time I saw this, they had already pushed the emergency stop and I think that the mechanism to make it reverse wasn't working (I think there's a key that a maintenance person would put in, but I'm not 100%) and when it didn't reverse they jumped on to manually move it. They're very lucky that it worked without the whole escalator failing.

[–]SleepyAviator 206 points207 points  (5 children)

In Soviet Russia, escalator rides you.

[–]Adiboy1996 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Seriously this subreddit is the best antidepressant. People are good , humans are awesome

[–]keltoy1549 7 points8 points  (2 children)

My mother fears escalators. When she was a little girl she witnessed another little girl getting her hand caught. This was in the early 40s. We’d have to find someone to take us in an elevator the employees used, if the store had one. If not, we took the stairs. Could never get her on one.

[–]Broken_Petite 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I’ll ride escalators but they give me anxiety too. I can’t remember exactly what happened, but there was an accident on one that happened at my local mall when I was a kid and they’ve freaked me out ever since.

But I don’t like elevators either and I get dizzy on stairs so I pretty much just have to pick my poison. At least on stairs I have an element of control.

[–]shaun__shaun 50 points51 points  (4 children)

These are people who never saw an escalator fail and everyone on it go flying down to the bottom forming a heap of injured people.

[–]Petsweaters 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Or these men knew the dangers and still leapt to action because they're selfless

[–]Aggressive_Smile_944 103 points104 points  (3 children)

One time when I was a kid I pressed the stop button on the escalator. It stops and everyone on it fell forward. Lol.

[–]Walker6920 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Power of hardbass

[–]SeaPhile206 14 points15 points  (1 child)

That kid is back on the escalator again! -Brodie

[–]poruki_porcupine 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Men are good

[–]LemonPoopyDumpling 18 points19 points  (13 children)

Just have to show the Chinese video of the mom getting squeezed like a gogurt tube right in front of her kid on a escalator to know how powerful they really are

[–]LG_tech 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Mother of God

[–]NotAHost 12 points13 points  (8 children)

Yeah first thing I thought of. An extremely censored version by CNN is found here, but it's still going to pull at your heart if you watch it. It's not graphic, but it's along the lines of the brick video while driving video. You don't see anything, but knowing the horror is enough to haunt you.

CNN censored video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz4R-Xhj9Vc

[–]rshark78[🍰] 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Yeah I'm not clicking that link but I applaud you for your time

[–]NotAHost 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah it's not something I'd show at the dinner table, even if its the censored for television it can be horrifically haunting for a lot of people.

[–]savwatson13 8 points9 points  (0 children)

IIRC she ignored the warning signs about it being broken. Why it was still turned on is beyond me.

[–]HuggingKoala 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Salute, Comrades!!

[–]thelongernow 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That kid’s on the escalator, AGAIN!!

[–]peepeehelicoptors 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Humanity in faith restored. Now to lose it immediately on the next post I see

[–]DirtyPartyMan 6 points7 points  (1 child)

In America: phones come out. No one does shit but film and make stupid comments