Escalators can be very dangerous machines. Apparently they can eat up appendages and even crocs too! No not the reptilian kind, but the shoe.
I’ve been meaning to buy Crocs for my kids, but now I’m not so sure anymore after reading horror stories about escalators gobbling up these lightweight rubber thingies, like this account by Daphne Osena-Paez (do check out her Flickr).
As we were going down Sophia’s left shoe (pink crocs) got caught on the side of the escalator. None of us knew what was happening. Soph was yelling. We thought she was just excited about something she was seeing while going down. It happened so fast. I looked down and saw that her shoe was being EATEN by the crack between the escalator and side foot rail. She was screaming. I saw the little pink croc being gobbled up. It was one of those slow-motion moments. I didn’t know what was happening but I still grabbed her foot and carried her down to the landing. Call it mother’s instincts. Her croc and socks (thank God she was wearing socks) got left behind in the escalator.
Or maybe it’s the combination of Crocs + escalators that can be deadly. Perhaps it’s really the escalators. Any loose material (such as strings and shoelaces), or even any soft and pliable footwear (such as flip flops) can get caught in between escalator steps and teeth. I’ve had experience before where my daughter’s pants bottom almost got caught in escalator teeth because they had those stupid drawstrings.
Maybe it’s time to rethink escalator technology.
In case of crocs use stairs.[via Parenting Blog]