Riled Rodent Shocks Shoppers

A frame taken from video shows the moment a rat leaps toward a man who was trying to walk past it on an escalator at a shopping mall in Manila, Philippines; image from DailyMail.com.

Shoppers at a mall in Manila, Philippines, were forced to face their fear recently when a manic rat aggressively charged them as they walked down a stopped escalator, the Daily Mail reports. Video posted on the newspaper’s website shows the rat lunging at people as they try to make their way past, prompting the shoppers to jump and sidestep their way to safety. After giving several of the shoppers what appears to have been the jolt of their lives, the restive rodent is seen running down and off the escalator and under a nearby rack of clothing. No reason was given for the escalator being stopped.

This is Why They Post the Signs

Philipp Bellessort holds his mangled MacBook. The computer was left broken and twisted after it got sucked into an escalator at a London Tube station; photo by Mercury Press via The Sun.

Philipp Bellessort, a 28-year-old budding entrepreneur, lost months of work and a GBP1,000 (US$1,300) computer while riding an escalator at a London Tube station, The Sun reported on October 13. Bellessort, in the process of launching a recruitment firm, was going home after meeting with a client. While stepping onto an escalator at the Bond Street station, he set his computer bag down on a step. “As I was halfway up, the bag got sucked into [the escalator],” he told the Sun. He heard the bag tear, then realized the MacBook inside was damaged. “When I picked it up and looked what damage had been done, I was in shock,” he said, adding that all of his client data and contacts were lost. “I started the company three months ago and I’ve worked for seven days a week, 18 hours a day since then. All that is lost,” he told The Sun. A Transportation for London spokesman said the incident was being looked into, but noted that posters and announcements warn riders “to keep their belongings clear of escalators.”

Inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit Boasts Escalators that Work! (and are lovely)

NAESA International’s inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit drew approximately 200 professionals to the Sheraton Grand Phoenix on May 21-23 for two days packed full of excellent presentations about elevator/escalator equipment and practices to prevent injury and save lives. At the end of the event, participants’ applause let organizer Bob Shepherd, NAESA executive director, know they definitely would like to see the event continue. The host hotel provided expansive ballrooms to accommodate the presentations, as well as impressive vertical-transportation systems. In addition to a Schindler destination-dispatch elevator system, Sheraton Grand Phoenix boasted an impressive bank of Otis escalators with lovely art installations. For whatever reason, at least one escalator at industry events your author has attended over the past several years has been out of service, so it was nice to see a system that was not only beautiful, but in perfect working order!