The machines truly are out to get us. Another Otis metro escalator malfunctioned yesterday evening around 6:30pm at Yangshupu Station on Line 4. Witnesses reported on Weibo that while riding the up escalator, the machine suddenly emitted a “giggle” sound near the bottom and then slowly reversed direction! Terrified passengers started scrambling up the stairs as metro employees immediately shut it down to avoid an accident.
Reasons for the malfunction are still being investigated, and they suspect it may be due to the recent inordinate amount of rain, or maybe the apparent crappiness of China’s OTIS escalators in general.
But we know better.