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(CBS Boston)   Woman's attempt to ride a Boston subway station escalator on her motorized scooter fails miserably. Incredibly, she was able to get up and walk away just fine. (With surveillance video goodness)   (boston.cbslocal.com) divider line 211
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2012-07-17 10:56:17 PM  
What I found nice about that video -

Yeah, the woman made a poor judgment. But after she fell all anonymous passers-by immediately jumped to help her - stop the elevator, help her up, even carry her scooter up the stairs for her.

Restores my faith in humanity, it does.
 
2012-07-17 10:56:59 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Tr0mBoNe: I've seen it done with real wheel chairs if they go backwards and hold the rails tight.

I'd imagine a parapelegic in good shape (or some of the murder ball guys) would have no trouble pulling that off. The tricky bit would be looking behind you to see when you were at the top so you'd know when to stop balancing and start rolling backwards.


Nah... just keep your hands ahead of you and let go when the railing gets bendy. Then do a spin wheelie.
 
2012-07-17 10:59:55 PM  

Candygram for Mongo:

Apos: Another opportunity for a "Yakety Sax" accompaniment lost.....

Here ya go. Link

(not working for me in firefox for some reason, works fine in explorer)



Much obliged,chief.
 
2012-07-17 11:00:13 PM  

smells_like_meat: I'm not fat.


Are you fat because you're on a scooter, or on a scooter because you're fat?

/obscure?
//not on Fark surely
 
2012-07-17 11:00:39 PM  

Wayne 985: Why the hell would someone hit the stop button when she's handicapped and only part way up? If the dude holds her until they reach the top, it'll be simpler for her to get back up and into her chair.


The chair might roll down and crush you?
/that would suck, not
 
2012-07-17 11:11:32 PM  
yoursuspect.com
 
2012-07-17 11:13:14 PM  

dissension: tell me someone else saw the comment on the page:

PRAISE JESUS, the HOLY ESCALATOR hath CURED her of the DEMON!


Lol.
 
2012-07-17 11:23:43 PM  
I just noticed how the camera is obviously being aimed, so someone at a command center must have been watching this actively in real time; not merely a passive security recording of a fixed scene.
 
2012-07-17 11:24:51 PM  

smells_like_meat: That wasn't a scooter. Its a full fledged electric wheelchair. That would indicate a "real" medical problem. To be fair the problem may not be an inability to walk but may be related to endurance, fainting or the like. But she is box of rocks stupid, that's for sure. Spun her like a top.

I recently had surgery that temporally affected my endurance and ability to walk. I used a scooter for about a month and may need to occasionally use one in the future (I rented). I'm not fat. Not everyone on a scooter is a faker.


We arent saying shes a faker. Maybe she got cured from the fall.
 
2012-07-17 11:27:00 PM  
The escalator was angry that day, I can tell you, my friends: like an old man in a deli trying to return soup. And then a chilling shout went out, "Is anyone here a marine biologist?"

Knapsack Samaritan could be a young Georgie Costanza.
 
2012-07-17 11:34:35 PM  
Are you fn retarded. . . . oh sorry.
 
2012-07-17 11:43:55 PM  
She is just another professional victim feeding on the pity of others. It's too bad that she doesn't use her vagina for higher endeavors
 
2012-07-17 11:46:20 PM  
Good thing this wasn't in FL or else you would see that every hour.
 
2012-07-17 11:51:11 PM  
There is a big difference between a wheelchair (motorized or not) and a frigging scooter or hoveround. One is for persons with a genuine need; the other is highly likely to be used by someone who would benefit from walking. Post-op/temporary use excluded. I am a cardiac nurse and my patients ask me to help them get scooters regularly. I have yet to find a patient who actually needs one full-time; my answer is sit down when you are tired, take your time, build up your endurance slowly. Sometimes one minute of walking is difficult for these folks, but it will be worse if they get one of those godforsaken scooters. They will never walk again. I hate those damn things with a passion. And I have rheumatoid arthritis, so I do know what it is like to have difficulty moving. Just do it anyway.
 
2012-07-17 11:55:59 PM  
Hmmm... maybe if she had backed in? :C)
 
2012-07-17 11:59:09 PM  

kidsizedcoffin: christhebloke: Hoverounds are made for people who have trouble walking, not for people that can't walk. My 320lb wheelchair would have crushed me like a bug if I tried that.

This sounds like a testable public safety hypothesis. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against you, I wouldn't even suggest that you be in the study unless you really wanted to be.

Give volunteers willing to sign a waiver some money, or a free scooter or something, and have a wide range of demographic groups try to get up the stairs with the chair/scooter. Maybe have a contest with high school/college students to try to design a safe way to improve the numbers afterward. Fund it with PPV or youtube advertising.

/Difficult and painful walking
//Something I was born with according to the doctors


No offense taken. Being a quadriplegic gives me a license to laugh at stuff like this with no guilt because it's happened to me enough times. Last week a bus driver didn't see me waiting for him to lower the ramp and took off (in my manual chair). The acceleration flipped me backwards. I've learned how to fall so it didn't hurt, but the shocked expression on the passengers faces and their attempts to get me back up was... humorous. I'd be down for a study like that but I'd recommend using able-bodied participants. The potential damage done to escalators might be a hurdle though.

ZzeusS: Trouble walking?

If they have trouble walking, they should walk or jog until they don't have trouble walking.

I see way too much of this lazy bullshiat in South Florida. Drives me up a wall.

Paraplegia? Ok. Sure.

Diabetic fat-ass? Fark. That.


It's easy to judge and I do it all the time, but there are legitimate disabilities like severe CP or MS that can still walk but require a wheelchair. They usually won't be in a Hoveround though. There's a whole hierarchy to disability: high quads(Christopher Reeves), low quads (me), super low quads (Mark Zupan) to amazing para-athletes(Rick Hansen). I couldlive fully in a manual chair but I have 2 kids, no driver's license, the heat farks me up, yada yada yada... bottom line is I got places to be and my motor chair gets me all over town.
 
2012-07-18 12:02:13 AM  

Deedeemarz: There is a big difference between a wheelchair (motorized or not) and a frigging scooter or hoveround. One is for persons with a genuine need; the other is highly likely to be used by someone who would benefit from walking. Post-op/temporary use excluded. I am a cardiac nurse and my patients ask me to help them get scooters regularly. I have yet to find a patient who actually needs one full-time; my answer is sit down when you are tired, take your time, build up your endurance slowly. Sometimes one minute of walking is difficult for these folks, but it will be worse if they get one of those godforsaken scooters. They will never walk again. I hate those damn things with a passion. And I have rheumatoid arthritis, so I do know what it is like to have difficulty moving. Just do it anyway.


I imagine you've heard of Sister Kenny.
 
2012-07-18 12:04:01 AM  

GameHat: What I found nice about that video -

Yeah, the woman made a poor judgment. But after she fell all anonymous passers-by immediately jumped to help her - stop the elevator, help her up, even carry her scooter up the stairs for her.

Restores my faith in humanity, it does.


NPR reporter John Hockenberry uses a wheelchair. He mentioned on air once the difference between traveling in the first and third worlds.

In the US he had to plan his route around elevators.

In Africa, passersby would see a wheelchair guy, and think, "Hey, a wheelchair guy, I have to help carry him up the stairs."
 
2012-07-18 12:25:48 AM  
"And sheees climbing a stairrrwayyyy..... to" ...... THUD..........

/no she isn't
 
2012-07-18 12:26:20 AM  

ha-ha-guy: Cyno01: You want a freaky escalator(s)? Baltimore aquarium.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 295x400]

Best picture i could find, but all of them go right over the shark/ray tank.

Tsk, tsk. Slide walks. Since they are ramps not stairs.

/overly pedantic


Are they? I was there once like 15 years ago, maybe thats why i didnt have much luck with my baltimore aquarium escalator gis.

midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com


Pockafrusta: Thank you for the new nightmare, ahole =)


Ya, definitly nightmare inducing, which is probably why i remember them from over a decade ago. Traumatic for a 10yo whos afraid of heights and sharks.

charmsofthechesapeake.com
 
2012-07-18 12:31:12 AM  

jaytkay: GameHat: What I found nice about that video -

Yeah, the woman made a poor judgment. But after she fell all anonymous passers-by immediately jumped to help her - stop the elevator, help her up, even carry her scooter up the stairs for her.

Restores my faith in humanity, it does.

NPR reporter John Hockenberry uses a wheelchair. He mentioned on air once the difference between traveling in the first and third worlds.

In the US he had to plan his route around elevators.

In Africa, passersby would see a wheelchair guy, and think, "Hey, a wheelchair guy, I have to help carry him up the stairs."


We are trained as children to not stare and gawk at the disabled, just ignore them, because they are like everyone else and are fully capable of taking care of themselves,
if you try to help them you are only insulting them.
 
2012-07-18 12:33:37 AM  

Tony_Pepperoni: i.imgur.com


thanks for the anigif but you really should have gotten the 2nd flip as well, for maximum effect.

/if you do could you provide a link for it? please?
 
2012-07-18 12:50:18 AM  

DrySocket: Watching that I had the old Eddie Murphy bit about his Aunt Bunny falling down the stairs running in my head.

Oh lord help me oh Jesus Jesus Lord help my oh lord Jesus Jesus Jesus

/my shoe!


a3.ec-images.myspacecdn.com

Hello, I'm Bunny - goonie goo goo.

/your wife's a bigfoot - isn't she, Gus?
 
2012-07-18 12:56:57 AM  
Candygram for Mongo:(not working for me in firefox for some reason, works fine in explorer)

Woah! First time I ever saw that combination of words.
 
2012-07-18 01:12:08 AM  
Came here to say

SORRY FOR THE CONVENIENCE

ski9600: Also, when the escalator quits working it just becomes stairs.

/can't believe no one said that
//Link
///rip mitch

 
2012-07-18 01:27:47 AM  

ZzeusS: FloydA: How could she possibly have thought that would work?


Lazy scumbag didn't need it after all.

Hope her disability people see this and revoke it.


There are lots of people who need mobility assistance who can walk for short distances. I'm not capping on her for using a chair, I'm capping on her for thinking that it could go up an escalator.



TyrantII: FloydA: Ed Finnerty: That was funny. I completely lost it when the guy hits the emergency stop once she's HALFWAY up.

[blog.onemorelevel.com image 440x440]

Only about a tenth of the way up, actually. That escalator rises somewhere between 80 and 100 feet. The video doesn't show it, but that's a very long escalator.

Ummm.... this is BROADWAY Station in South Boston.... not Porter....

Porters got two escalators and the stairs from hell.


OK. It's been a while since I was there. I defer to your familiarity- it looked like Porter to me, but I don't live there, so I'm probably wrong.

She was still freakin' stupid to think that her hoverround would go up an escalator, because...damn.
 
2012-07-18 01:33:33 AM  

Vodka Zombie: FloydA: How could she possibly have thought that would work?

Because Jesus. That's how!


That was water.
 
2012-07-18 02:36:23 AM  
At least it wasn't this one...
www.familleppz.com
 
2012-07-18 02:44:32 AM  
Jesus, she got about halfway up there after a few flips, should have just let her get to the top! Also, it sure took a long time for them to shut the escalator off, good thing she didn't have her hair stuck in it.
 
2012-07-18 03:39:22 AM  

kokomo61: Good thing she didn't bite it at the top of the Wheaton Metro escalator....(or Rosslyn, or Dupont Circle....)

[t2.gstatic.com image 360x554]


Came to say something like this. DC has got some Serious Business steep and long escalators.

Just about had vertigo the first time I went up the Dupont one.
 
2012-07-18 04:09:58 AM  
Tosh is going to have a field day with this one.
 
2012-07-18 04:39:31 AM  
i love that the MBTA solution to the problem of people in scooters fall off the escalator is to add more cameras....i guess that would be so they have different angels to laugh at them with ....
 
2012-07-18 04:44:25 AM  

bedspread: i love that the MBTA solution to the problem of people in scooters fall off the escalator is to add more cameras....i guess that would be so they have different angels to laugh at them with ....


You know you're screwed when the angels are laughing at you.
 
2012-07-18 04:52:37 AM  
I wonder how many facial injuries she sustained over that. :( Surely, there was an elevator around there somewhere.
 
2012-07-18 05:46:19 AM  

smells_like_meat: That wasn't a scooter. Its a full fledged electric wheelchair. That would indicate a "real" medical problem. To be fair the problem may not be an inability to walk but may be related to endurance, fainting or the like. But she is box of rocks stupid, that's for sure. Spun her like a top.

I recently had surgery that temporally affected my endurance and ability to walk. I used a scooter for about a month and may need to occasionally use one in the future (I rented). I'm not fat. Not everyone on a scooter is a faker.


I know, insane isn't it? That someone might have an invisible disorder that doesn't affect your ability to walk, but requires the use a wheelchair. I happen to suffer from such a disorder and often use a manual wheelchair to manage the symptoms. I'm not lazy by any means, trust me, it's a shiat ton easier to walk than use a manual chair in many, many situations. I actually do know how to use an escalator in a manual chair, but my fiancee is to afraid to let me.

I refuse to use a power chair, but that might be in my near future since I was just diagnosed with cancer and need chemo. I may not have the strength anymore.
 
2012-07-18 06:18:45 AM  

Indubitably:

Peace.


Peace sells. But who's buying?
 
2012-07-18 06:35:59 AM  
She went right on that thing like she'd done it a hundred times before. No hesitation. WTF?
 
2012-07-18 07:22:05 AM  

supageil: Came to say something like this. DC has got some Serious Business steep and long escalators.

Just about had vertigo the first time I went up the Dupont one.


DC Metro is built really deep because the entire city is in a tidal estuary
 
2012-07-18 07:22:53 AM  
If she had been wearing a Yankee hat, people would have stood and cheered each time she flipped.
 
2012-07-18 07:50:58 AM  

LittleSmitty: I laughed way to hard at that.


You'll probably laugh harder at this...
I mean what did that guy think was waiting for him behind that door?
 
2012-07-18 07:54:46 AM  

Misconduc: The MBTA is installing more surveillance cameras throughout the system to help passengers and alert them to accidents like this one.


HAHAHA ......lard ass.


The camera panned the entire scene and stopped when Señora Gorda began what is sure to become a GIS so obviously someone was watching (and probably laughing their ass off, too.) Why did it take so long to get an MBTA worker there? Oh, I get it: for the lulz - NTTAWWT.

Nevermind.
 
2012-07-18 08:18:09 AM  

MythDragon: LittleSmitty: I laughed way to hard at that.

You'll probably laugh harder at this...
I mean what did that guy think was waiting for him behind that door?


That guy died. Which doesn't make it less funny.
 
2012-07-18 08:22:23 AM  

advres: what_now: On the one hand, that made me laugh my ass off.

On the other hand, that's my station, and it's the second longest escalator in the country, and the elevator has been out of operation for 16 months now so....

It wasn't at Porter it was at Broadway. The up escalators at Porter on the the right hand side, not the left.


Thank you. Those escalators also don't have stairs in the middle or take you right to the platform. I was beginning to wonder if something was wrong with my redline memory and my ability to read the article.
 
2012-07-18 08:36:31 AM  
They are showing this on the news right now here in MA. The amazing thing about this video is that it happened in Boston and a fellow commuter actually came to her aid. He must be a tourist.
 
2012-07-18 09:31:37 AM  
As so many have already pointed out the station is BROADWAY. The elevator, which is to the right of the stairs out of frame, IS in service there. You may now go back to laughing at the dumbass.
 
2012-07-18 09:32:57 AM  

LordOfThePings: dennysgod: What's that one the lower left suppose to mean, no Davros?

No hoopskirts?


No Amish.
 
2012-07-18 09:48:51 AM  
She had on her Bad Idea Jeans.
 
2012-07-18 10:21:30 AM  
frizzo: I just noticed how the camera is obviously being aimed, so someone at a command center must have been watching this actively in real time; not merely a passive security recording of a fixed scene.

It's a digital pan and scan, mostly likely done after the fact for the release of the video.


/enhance
 
2012-07-18 10:32:28 AM  

MythDragon: LittleSmitty: I laughed way to hard at that.

You'll probably laugh harder at this...
I mean what did that guy think was waiting for him behind that door?


Oh, Goddamn; thank you for that.
 
2012-07-18 11:09:56 AM  
video goodness ftw!
 
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