What is it with people acting strangely on the subway these days? Yesterday, a woman caused a delay on the Line 9 after brandishing a fruit knife at other passengers. Also, a man has apparently been dressing up as his favorite Korean Idol and doing strange dances all over our metro – to the delight of netizens, who’ve named him “Leopard Print Man” and uploaded videos and posted his pictures on various internet forums.
As for knife lady, she caused a ruckus yesterday on Line 9 at around 3pm. According to the Shanghai Transportation police, the woman was paring an apple with her knife. Suddenly, the knife blade broke and she tried to reset the blade into the handle by continuously knocking the knife on the carriage wall.
One witness said the woman was leaning against the pole with an extremely fierce expression in her eyes.
“The female psycho was waving a knife toward other passengers and talking nonsense in the first carriage. I was scared by her abnormal behavior. So I ran to the back carriage.” said another a passenger.
At 3:02PM, more passengers changed carriages when Line 9 arrived at Lujiabang station, saying the woman was behaving even more aggressively. The metro staff suspended the line and cleared all carriages on the train. They then called security to talk to the woman. By 3:08PM, security staff had taken away the woman’s knife and Line 9 was back on track.
The Police stated that the woman didn’t threaten the other passengers. Her family members said she was sent to hospital for psychological problems. After investigation, the police asked her family to bring her home and strengthen custody on her.
As for “Leopard Print Man” – it seems that he has an unhealthy obsession with an unnamed Korean model (we’d love to know who – it seems like she’s heading for a Perfect Blue moment), writing in his journal:
I want to become you
Emotions are complicated. Everyday, I have been waiting for this day to come, but just what is this day for? I myself do not know why I am so obsessed with you, not clear why I want to become you!!! Since yesterday till now I have not slept, not knowing whether all of this is worth it or not worth it. I’ve been thinking of this problem constantly! Sigh, better go to sleep, and hope that in my dreams you can tell me what I should do. What should I do in order to become you! Love you.
Creepy! But is it creepier than this video?
Additional reporting by Elaine Chow